Local MS urges people to follow the new national rules now in force across Wales

As we move from the firebreak to a new set of measures, Bridgend MS Carwyn Jones is asking people to do everything that they can to reduce their exposure to the coronavirus by keeping the contacts they have with other people to a minimum – at home; in work and when they go out.

A new and simpler set of national rules are now in force across Wales. These new measure include:

The need to maintain two metre social distancing and wear face masks in enclosed public places, including on public transport and taxis, will continue;

The requirement to work from home whenever possible will remain;

People should only meet with their ‘bubble’ in their own home and only two households will be able to form a ‘bubble’. If one person from either household develops symptoms, everyone should immediately self-isolate.

Up to 15 people can take part in an organised indoors activity and up to 30 in an organised activity outdoors, providing all social distancing, hand hygiene and other Covid safety measures are followed;

All premises, such as shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and gyms, closed during the firebreak, will be able to reopen.

Groups of up to 4 individuals (not including children under 11) will be able to meet in a restaurant, café or pub and the hospitality sector will introduce pre-booking, time slots and will collect details from customers to support the Test Trace Protect system.

The 10pm curfew on alcohol sales will remain in place.

As part of keeping our risks to a minimum, people should avoid non-essential travel as much as possible. There will be no legal restrictions on travel within Wales for residents and whilst the lockdown in England is in place travel to and from England will not be allowed under the English regulations unless it is for essential reasons such as work, caring responsibilities or education. International travel should be for essential reasons only too.

In addition:

All schools will reopen;
Churches and places of worship will resume services;
Local authority services will resume but based on local circumstances;
Community centres will be available for small groups to meet safely indoors in the winter months.

Mr Jones said “I would like to thank everyone for their collective efforts during the recent short fire-break to keep Wales safe. We know everyone has made sacrifices. There are indications that the virus incident rates are falling however this is certainly not the time for complacency. We know that Coronavirus is still circulating and has not gone away. Indeed, this is a virus that thrives in human interactions when we are closely packed together so we need to adapt our own behaviour. Just because we can do something we need to ask ourselves should we be doing these things. We need to adapt and move away from thinking about the maximum limit of the rules and regulations. Together we can all play our part.”