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Keeping Wales Safe

24 March 2020

Health and Wellbeing | Important update |

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As the Welsh Government continue 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:

  • Stay out of each other’s homes, except in very limited circumstances.
  • Limit the amount of times you leave your home, and the distance you travel.
  • When you do leave home, try to limit how many different people you see. It is better to see the same one or two people regularly than to see lots of different people occasionally.
  • Remember to social distance (keep 2 meters apart), including outdoors.
  • Meet people outdoors rather than indoors where possible, even in circumstances where the law allows you to meet indoors.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Wash your hands regularly and follow good hygiene.
  • Self-isolate if you show symptoms of coronavirus and get tested. For up to date information on testing centres across Cwm Taf Morgannwg, click 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:

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 weekly 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.