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Keeping Wales Safe

24 March 2020

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As the Welsh Government continues to review the measures in place to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the guidelines are changing on a regular basis, to ensure that we all Keep Wales Safe. 

The main rules that you are asked to follow, are:

  • Only meet with other households outdoors.
  • Remember to social distance (keep 2 meters apart), including outdoors.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Wash your hands regularly, follow good hygiene and wear a face covering where required.
  • Self-isolate and get tested, if you or someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms. For up to date information on testing centres across Cwm Taf Morgannwg, click here.

All of Wales is currently at alert level 4. You can find out what this means and read the Welsh Government’s FAQ’s, here.

At Trivallis, we are operating at essential plus services. Find out more, here.

There have been certain measures changed at different dates over the past few weeks and this continues to happen as we move forward. The changes can be seen below:

12th April 2021:

  • All children return to schools for face-to-face education, all post-16 learners return to further education and training centres, and university campus’ open for blended face-to-face/online learning for all students.
  • All remaining shops reopen.
  • All remaining close contact services open, including mobile services.
  • Travel restrictions on traveling into and out of Wales lifted. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area (United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland) without a reasonable excuse, remain in place.
  • Viewings at wedding venues can resume by appointment.
  • Outdoor canvassing for elections can begin, safely.

7th April 2021:

  • The roll-out of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine begins in Wales. Read more, here.

1st April 2021:

  • Shielding measures have now been paused. Everyone on the Shielding Patient List can now follow the same rules as the rest of the population in Wales. Read more, here.
  • Plans on how Wales will move from alert level four into level three, announced. Read more, here.

27th March 2021:

  • Stay local rule lifted but travel must remain in Wales. Only those with a reasonable excuse, such as work, will be able to travel into or out of Wales. This rule will remain in place until 12th April.
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation, including hotels with en-suite facilities and room service, reopen to people from the same household or support bubble.
  • Six people from two different households, excluding children under 11, able to meet and exercise outdoors and in private gardens.
  • Organised outdoor activities and sports for children and under 18s resumes.
  • Limited opening of outdoor areas of some historic places and gardens.
  • Libraries and archives re-open.

22nd March 2021:

  • Restrictions on the sale of non-essential items in stores that are currently open, lifted as part of the phased opening on non-essential retail.
  • Garden centres re-open.

15th March 2021:

  • All primary school children and those students in years 11 and 13 return to school.
  • Schools have flexibility to bring in year 10 and 12 students, to support them to progress to their next stage of their learning.
  • Schools have flexibility to bring students from years 7, 8 and 9, into school for check in’s, before the Easter holidays ahead of their full return after the break.
  • More students return to colleges to continue their studies.
  • Hairdressers and barbers re-open by appointment only.

13th March 2021:

  • Stay at home rule lifted with an introduction of a stay local rule. The 5-mile rule will be used as guidance as people living in different areas of Wales may need to travel further for certain reasons.
  • No more than 4 people from 2 households can meet in their local area outdoors, including in gardens. Children under 11 and carers do not count towards this limit. There must be no indoor mixing and social distancing should be followed. This is to socialise, not just to exercise.
  • Outdoor sports facilities re-open, including tennis courts and golf courses. A maximum of 4 people from 2 households can take part in activities using local sports facilities.
  • Care home visits indoors resume for one designated visitor, with permission from the care home.

12th March 2021:

  • Stay at home lockdown measures are lifted (beginning on 13th March) and plans on how Wales will move from lockdown to easing restrictions, announced. Read more, here.
  • Shielding measures will be paused from the 31st March. New letters are currently being sent out to everyone on the Shielding Patient List, highlighting the changes. Read more, here.

10th March 2021:

  • Contact tracing has changed. If you have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case and are contacted by NHS Track, Trace, Protect Service, you will now need to self-isolate for 10 days, get tested at the start of your isolation period and then again on day 8. To find out more, click here. For FAQ’s on contact tracing, click here.

1st March 2021:

  • Wedding venues, such as visitor attractions and hotels, re-open but only to perform wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. Guidance on wedding ceremonies can be found, here.
  • Households with one or more children under the age of 1 year old and those who are 16 or 17 living alone or with others of the same age, with no adult, can now create a support bubble with another household. Read more, here.

24th February 2021:

  • People with a severe/profound learning disability and individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment will now be invited for a COVID-19 vaccination within priority group 6. Read more, here.

22nd February 2021:

  • Foundation phase children (aged 3-7) to return to school from today. Remember to follow guidance to keep schools safe.

20th February 2021:

  • Four people from two different households able to meet outdoors for socially distanced local exercise. Exercise must begin and end from home and must not include travelling to exercise. Meeting people doesn’t apply to private gardens.

19th February 2021:

  • Lockdown measures to remain in place for another three weeks with slight changes to the restrictions being made over the next few days. Read more, here.

12th February 2021:

  • In Wales, the first milestone in the vaccination programme has been reached. The target of offering everyone in the first four priority groups, a vaccination will be completed after this weekend and final appointments have been attended. Read more, here.

5th February 2021: 

  • Children in foundation phase (aged 3-7) to return to school after half term on 22nd February. Schools and colleges will continue to remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners. More guidance around schools and coronavirus can be found, here.
  • Education and childcare staff will have twice-weekly Lateral Flow Tests, beginning when they return in February.

30th January 2021:

  • A maximum of two people from different households able to exercise outdoors together, as long as they maintain social distancing. Exercise must start and finish from home – driving for exercise to beauty spots should still not take place.
  • If you are part of a support bubble and the arrangement has broken down, a new one can be formed as long as there is gap of 10 days before doing so.

29th January 2021:

  • Lockdown measures remain in place for another three weeks.
  • Shielding advice for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable in Wales, has been extended to 31st March. More information on this can be found, here.

18th January 2021:

  • Travel corridors suspended, those travelling abroad will need to complete a pre-departure test and quarantine for 10 days on their return home to Wales.

8th January 2021:

  • Lockdown measures remain in place and strengthened in some areas to prevent the new strain spreading.
  • Schools and colleges to remain closed until February and students will remain learning online until February half term, if cases do not decrease by the next review on 29th January.
  • Show rooms will close but click and collect services can remain in place.

4th January 2021:

  • The roll-out of the AstraZeneca (Oxford) COVID-19 vaccine begins in Wales. Read more, here.
  • All schools, colleges and independent schools should move to online learning until January 18th. Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners. Read more, here.

22nd December:

  • Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable in Wales are required to shield again. You will receive a letter with advice if this applies to you.

19th December:

  • Alert level 4 restrictions brought forward and come into effect from midnight instead of during the Christmas period.
  • Non-essential retail, close contact services, gyms and leisure centres and hospitality will close at the end of trading today.
  • Stay-at-home restrictions will also come into effect from midnight.
  • Rules change for Christmas gatherings – two households were allowed to come together to form a Christmas bubble over a five-day period, but this now changes to only being allowed on Christmas Day.

17th December:

  • New guidance announced for staying safe at Christmas recommended by the four nations. Read more, here.

16th December:

  • Wales to move into alert level 4 with a gradual approach starting from 24th December with the lockdown in place by 28th December.

14th December:

  • Secondary Schools and Colleges move to online learning for the final week in school. Read more, here.
  • The Coronavirus control plan for Wales was announced, revealing the four alert levels. You can read more, here.

10th December:

  • If you are required to self-isolate, the time period has changed from 14 days to 10 days. Find out more, here.

8th December:

  • The roll-out of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine begins in Wales. Read more, here.

4th December:

  • Restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs will have to close at 6pm and alcohol cannot be served at any time.
  • Entertainment venues and indoor tourist attractions will have to close.
  • Travel between Wales and areas of the UK with high rates of COVID-19 will not be allowed.
  • Full FAQ’s surrounding the new restrictions can be found, here.

24th November:

  • Four UK nations agree new rules for the festive period for 23rd-27th December. Find out more information about forming a Christmas bubble with friends and family, here.

9th November:

  • Wales leaves the firebreak lockdown.
  • Two households will be able to meet indoors by forming a “bubble”.
  • People are still asked to work from home where possible.
  • Schools can fully reopen, so can places of worship and businesses which had to close, and local authority services will resume.
  • Travel is allowed throughout Wales for Welsh residents, but during England’s four-week lockdown no travel apart from essential journeys will be allowed across the border.
  • Welsh people can also go on holiday in Wales.
  • 15 people can meet for an organised activity indoors at places like community centres (but not homes) and for sports.
  • 30 people can meet outdoors for an organised activity.
  • Hospitality premises can reopen, following certain measures.
  • Full FAQ’s surrounding the new regulations, can be found here.

23rd October:

  • Wales enters a national, two week firebreak lockdown with restrictive measures in place from 6pm 23rd October until 12:01am 9th November. Find the FAQ’s here. For information around Trivallis’ services during this time, visit here.

3rd October:

  • Adults living alone in local lockdown, including single parents, are now able to join with another household in their area, to form a temporary bubble. Find out more, here.

1st October:

  • Certain areas in North Wales enter local lockdown from 6pm. Find out more, here.

28th September:

  • Vale of Glamorgan enters local lockdown from 6pm. Find the FAQ’s here.
  • Neath Port Talbot enters local lockdown from 6pm. Find the FAQ’s here.
  • Torfaen enters local lockdown from 6pm. Find the FAQ’s here.

27th September:

  • Cardiff enters local lockdown from 6pm. Find the FAQ’s here. For information around this and Trivallis, click here.
  • Swansea enters local lockdown from 6pm. Find the FAQ’s here.

26th September:

  • Llanelli enters local lockdown from 6pm. Find the FAQ’s here.

24th September:

  • Hospitality businesses, including pubs, cafes, restaurants and casinos can only provide table service and must stop selling alcohol at 10pm.
  • Off-licences, such as supermarkets, must stop selling alcohol at 10pm.

22nd September:

  • Blaenau Gwent enters local lockdown from 6pm. Find the FAQ’s here.
  • Bridgend enters local lockdown from 6pm. Find the FAQ’s here.
  • Merthyr Tydfil enters local lockdown from 6pm. Find the FAQ’s here.
  • Newport enters local lockdown from 6pm. Find the FAQ’s here.

17th September:

  • Rhondda Cynon Taf enters local lockdown from 6pm. Find the FAQ’s here. For information around this and Trivallis, click here.

14th September:

  • It is compulsory for face coverings to be worn in public indoor spaces for those aged 11+. Full guidance can be found, here.
  • A maximum of six people from an extended household can meet indoors at any one time, including in pubs/restaurants and in people’s homes. Full guidance can be found, here.

8th September:

  • Caerphilly enters local lockdown from 6pm. Find the FAQ’s here. For information around this and Trivallis, click here.

1st September:

  • Schools and Colleges begin to reopen and start to welcome students back over the next two weeks.

28th August:

  • Indoor visits to care homes can take place again.
  • Casinos can open with safety measures in place.

22nd August:

  • Up to four households can join to create an extended household, compared with the previous rule of two households. Find the full guidance, here.

17th August:

  • Essential travel restriction on public transport is lifted. Anyone can now use public transport whilst wearing a face covering. Find out more, here.

16th August:

  • Shielding has now been paused. If you have been staying at home as you were classed as vulnerable, it is now safe for you to leave your home like the rest of the population in Wales and you are no longer required to shield. For more information, visit the full guidance, here.

10th August:

  • Swimming pools and spas open.
  • Indoor fitness studios and gyms open.
  • Indoor leisure centres open.
  • Children’s indoor play areas open.

3rd August:

  • Up to 30 people (from different households) allowed to meet outdoors at one time with social distancing in place.
  • Pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes open indoor areas.
  • Indoor bowling alleys, auction houses and bingo halls open.
  • Licenced wedding venues are able to re-open to provide wedding ceremonies (indoor receptions are still not allowed).
  • Children under 11 no longer need to maintain a 2 metres distance from each other or from adults.

27th July:

  • Face coverings made compulsory to wear on public transport, such as taxis, buses, trains and more. You can read the full guidance surrounding this, here.
  • Beauty salons, nail parlours, tattoo shops open.
  • Cinemas and amusement arcades open.
  • Museums and galleries open.

25th July:

  • Tourist accommodation with shared facilities open, such as campsites and hotels.
  • Underground attractions open.

20th July:

  • Outdoor playgrounds open.
  • Outdoor gyms open.
  • Community centres open and can increase their activity, helping local authorities provide summer holiday play schemes and childcare.
  • Funfairs open with appropriate measures in place.

13th July:

  • Hairdressing salons and barber shops, including mobile hairdressers open.
  • Pubs, cafes, restaurants and bars open but only to use their outdoor areas.
  • Outdoor cinemas open.
  • Some indoor attractions open.
  • Places of worship open.
  • Larger gatherings of people (up to 30) can take place outdoors for sports and leisure activities, such as team sports and fitness classes where they have been organised by a responsible person for sports.

11th July:

  • Self-contained holiday accommodation open.

6th July:

  • Two households can join to create an extended household.
  • Staying local (five mile rule) lifted.
  • Outdoor attractions open.

29th June:

  • Schools re-opened to allow a phased approach of children returning to schools to Check in, Catch Up and Prepare before the start of September.

22nd June:

  • Opening of non-essential stores.
  • Private prayer allowed in places of worship.
  • Opening of outdoor sports courts.
  • Restarting the housing market (Trivallis’ services that have returned can be found, here.)

1st June:

  • Members of two households can meet up outdoors.

8th May:

  • Exercise outside is allowed more than once a day.
  • Councils plan for the reopening of libraries and tips.
  • Some garden centres can also reopen.

23rd March:

  • National lockdown for all of UK introduced.

These rules are constantly under review by the Welsh Government to make any changes necessary to Keep Wales Safe. The guidance is changing on a regular basis. To read the full advice and for FAQ’s surrounding Coronavirus, visit here.

It is important to understand the rules for Wales are different to other parts of the UK, you should always follow the advice provided for Wales. For more information surrounding this, visit the Welsh Government Coronavirus page.