There is a timetable in place for Wales, and these are the key dates to make a note of…..
- Stay at home will become stay local
- Four people from two households can meet outdoors to socialise, including in gardens
- Outdoor sports facilities such as golf courses, tennis courts, and basketball courts can re-open
- Indoor care home visits will restart for single designated visitors
- Hairdressers and barbers will re-open for appointments
- All primary school pupils and children in qualifications years in secondary schools (meaning exam years 11 and 13) will return. Schools will have the flexibility to bring year 10 and 12 learners back and more learners will return to colleges. There will also be flexibility for in-school check-ins for all other pupils
- Non-essential retail will start re-opening gradually as restrictions are lifted on what can be sold in shops which are currently open
- Garden centres will be able to open
- The ‘stay local’ message will go and people will be allowed to travel anywhere in Wales
- Self-contained holiday accommodation will be allowed to open in time for the Easter holidays
- All learners returned to school after the Easter break
- All shops, including all close contact services, will be able to open
- Gyms, fitness facilities, leisure centres, spas and swimming pools have reopened
- Extended households will be possible, allowing 2 households to come together to form an exclusive bubble who can meet and have contact indoors
- Organised children’s indoor activities can recommence, such as sporting, cultural and wider recreational groups and clubs. Children’s birthday parties, or wider gatherings of families and friends in private homes are still not allowed
- Organised indoor activities for adults can also recommence for up to 15 people, including, exercise classes and swimming lessons
- Community centres have reopened.
This means Wales has completed the move to Alert Level 3 by 3rd May.
Understandably, there are still a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
You can find answers to most frequently asked questions below. This page will be updated regularly as and when new information is available.
You can see the latest vaccination figures right HERE.
As we can now travel more freely you may be looking for places to visit, take a look at the OUR SOUTH WALES features below……..
NHS Statement: Tuesday 11th May 2021
Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:
“From Friday 14 May, Public Health Wales will no longer be publishing a daily statement each day. The last statement will be published on Thursday 13 May.
“Going forward, news relating to the pandemic will be communicated to the public via the News section of the Public Health Wales website, and to the media via press releases.
“These changes will not affect our surveillance dashboard, which will continue to report six days a week. Our social media posts announcing case numbers and deaths will also continue.
“We will maintain the ability to reintroduce the daily statement if necessary.
“The variant B.1.617.2, one of the variants first identified in India, has been designated as a Variant of Concern (VOC21APR-02) due to its high transmissibility, which is comparable to the Kent variant. There is no evidence of wider community transmission of this variant in Wales, and the Kent variant remains the dominant strain here.
“Coronavirus cases by variant in Wales are reported on the UK Government website.
“On Friday 7 May, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) updated its advice on the use of the COVID-19 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 40. JCVI advice is followed in Wales.
“The advice states that unvaccinated adults aged 30 – 39 years who are not in a clinical priority group because of long term health conditions, should where possible be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, where it would not significantly delay vaccination.
“JCVI is not advising against using AstraZeneca vaccine in 30-39 year olds, only that other vaccines are preferred. JCVI advise that anyone who has already received a first dose of AstraZeneca should continue to receive the same vaccine for their second dose, there are no clotting safety concerns with the second dose. It is the second dose which gives stronger and longer protection. Our statement in response to the latest advice is available to view on our website.
JCVI also recently advised that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group.
“As there is more experience of the use of the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in pregnancy those vaccines are therefore the preferred vaccines to offer to pregnant women.
“Welsh Government also announced that, following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), people over 16 who live with individuals with severely weakened immune systems should be offered COVID-19 vaccinations as a priority.
“We would remind the general public that it is still extremely important to follow social distancing and hygiene measures to prevent the transmission of Coronavirus. That is, staying 2m from anyone you don’t live with, washing hands regularly and wearing face coverings in indoor settings.
“Current information on the Welsh Government restrictions for Coronavirus are available at https://gov.wales/coronavirus
“If you are contacted by your local TTP team then it is important that you are truthful with them about where you have been and who you have met. They are not there to judge, they are there to help prevent ongoing transmission of the virus and to protect the community.
“If you are asked to self-isolate by your local TTP team then please ensure that you do so for the full ten days – this will help break any chains of transmission.
“We urge anyone over 50 who has not yet received an invite for their vaccination to contact their local health board. Details of which can be found here: https://gov.wales/get-your-covid-19-vaccination-if-you-think-you-have-been-missed
“We encourage everyone, whatever their background, social demographic and ethnicity, to have the vaccine when they are offered it.
“If you or a member of your household develop a cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free Coronavirus test, either by calling 119 or by visiting www.gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19. Please check your local health board’s website to see if there are additional symptoms that require a test.”
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