Latest Covid-19 restrictions in Wales
Sadly Covid-19 is on the rise again in Wales, after many weeks of being in decline. To help break this cycle of infection and prevent the spread of the virus, the First Minister Mark Drakeford announced on Friday changes in the rules.
6️⃣ From Monday 14th of September, a new limit of six people was introduced on the number of people who can meet indoors at any one time.
👉 All six must belong to the same exclusive extended household group.
👉 Extended household groups can still be made from up to four households joining together, but only six people can meet at any one time.
👉 Children under 11 will not be included in the rule of six.
👉 Indoor gatherings of more than six people will therefore be against the law in Wales.
The rule of 30 still remains outdoors where the risk is lower
😷 Face coverings are now compulsory in all indoor public places, such as shops.
👩👦👦 There will be exemptions for primary school-aged children (11 and under) and for people with health conditions.
🚨 People who knowingly and deliberately flout the law in Wales could face fines of up to £1,920 for repeat offences.
🔗 Details on the latest regulations and guidance can be found here:
- Face coverings: https://gov.wales/face-coverings-guidance-public
- Latest regulations: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance
- Support if you are affected by Covid https://gov.wales/find-support-affected-coronavirus
📍 Situation in Newport
Over the past week we’ve seen a real increase in the number of Covid-19 cases across Newport.
To avoid a further spike and any local restrictions the public are being advised of the need to be aware of the symptoms of Covid-19, stick to social distancing guidelines and wash your hands regularly.
People who have visited a number of pubs and bars in the city are also being advised to be extra-vigilant for the symptoms of Covid-19, and to self-isolate and book a test immediately if symptoms occur.
People should be on the lookout for symptoms if they have visited the following premises, as people visited these premises during their infectious period:
- Breeze on Cambrian Rd on 4 and 5 September
- The Potters on Upper Dock St on 5 September
- Break ‘n’ Dish on Stow Hill between 1 and 8 September
- Tiny Rebel Rogerstone on Wern Industrial Estate on 6, 7 and 8 September
- Ye Olde Bull Inn on High St, Caerleon on 4 September
- The Handpost on the junction of Risca Road/Bassaleg Road on 8 September
- Three Horseshoes on Pillmawr Rd on 6 September
We’ve been here before; right at the start of the pandemic when we saw cases in Newport spike. However, thanks to everyone’s efforts we managed to turn it around. We can do it again, but everyone has to play their part and follow the guidelines.
🚫 Rhondda Cynon Taff joins Caerphilly with local restrictions
Following a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and evidence of community transmission in the area from 6pm on Thursday 17th September new local rules will be in place for Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT).
The following restrictions will apply:
- No travelling to/from RCT without a reasonable excuse. (Working in RCT counts as a reasonable excuse)
- No indoor meetings with people you don’t live with
- Licenced premises closed by 11pm
More details below:
You should only be travelling to Caerphilly Council and Rhondda Cynon Taf if the journey is absolutely necessary.
❄️ Winter plan for Health and Social Services in Wales published
Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has set-out the preparations being made by Health and Social Care services in Wales for the great challenges they face this winter.
The Winter Protection Plan sets out how services will deal with the added challenge of Covid-19 to what is already a very busy time for health and social care.
In addition to extra funding for schemes to reduce pressure on emergency departments, there are additional actions this year on stopping the spread of coronavirus and ensuring the NHS has enough capacity to deal with an increases in cases.
Increasing bed capacity, increased testing capacity, new ways of delivering services, use of technology and an expanded flu vaccination programme are all key elements in protecting the public from coronavirus.
The Winter Protection Plan 2020/21 can be found here: https://gov.wales/winter-protection-plan-health-and-social-care-2020-2021
🏥 Latest from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
The statistical update from the Health Board this week is as follows:
5,967 staff have been tested since the beginning of our testing programme.
There have been 2 positive cases in the last 7 days.
There are currently 1,517 patients occupying beds across all hospital sites. Of these:
- 5 patients have received a positive test for Covid19
- 60 are awaiting test results and as such assumed as Covid19 until test results are confirmed
- 7 patients have previously tested positive however have now tested
- negative (recovering)
- 1,444 patients are non Covid19
There are currently 15 people in critical care, none of these have tested positive for Covid-19.
Within the last 7 days there have been the following number of positive tests in each of the Health Boards Boroughs (source PHW website, data correct as at 14.54 14th September):
- Blaenau Gwent 14 positive cases
- Caerphilly 167 positive cases
- Monmouthshire 2 positive cases
- Newport 75 positive cases
- Torfaen 14 positive cases
No visiting policy at hospitals
In order to protect patients, public and staff, the Health Board has deemed it essential to endorse a ‘No Visiting’ policy. As a Health Board, these restrictions will be under constant review.
The following exceptions currently apply: Visiting should be permitted for:
- Women in labour (a birthing partner from the same household)
- A nominated parent or guardian for a child in hospital and for neonates
- Someone with a mental health issue, a learning disability or autism, where not being present would cause the patient/service user distress. This will be assessed by the Ward Sister and visiting options secured in advance.
- Patients at end of life care. Permission to visit will be secured in advance (where possible), this will be one visitor at a time for a specified amount as agreed with the Ward Sister.
While visiting is not possible, the Health Board have set up a scheme whereby you can email messages to loved ones or friends and they will be printed out and given or read to the patients. Just email: MessagesfromHome.ABB@wales.nhs.uk and put the patients name and ward.
As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if I can help in anyway.
Look after yourself.
Very best wishes,