Coronavirus Advice and Guidance
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A short, sharp 'fire-break' will be introduced across Wales. The fire-break will start at 6pm on Friday 23 October andn end on Monday 9 November. It will apply to everyone living in Wales and will replace the local restrictions which are in force in some parts of the country.
- People must stay at home, except for very limited purposes, such as for exercise
- People must work from home wherever possible;
- People must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with either indoors and outdoors
- No gatherings will be allowed outdoors, such as Halloween or fireworks/Bonfire night or other organised activities
- All non-food retail, hospitality businesses, including cafes, restaurants and pubs (unless they provide take-away or delivery services), close contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, and events and tourism businesses, such as hotels must close
- Community centres, libraries and recycling centres will be required to close
- Face coverings must be worn in indoor public spaces, which remain open, including on public transport and in taxis
During this time:
- Adults living alone or single parents will be able to join with one other household for support
- Primary and special schools will re-open as normal after half-term
- Secondary schools will re-open after the half-term for children in years seven and eight and most vulnerable children. Pupils will be able to come in to take exams but other pupils will continue their learning from home for an extra week
- Universities will provide a blend of in-person and online learning
- Childcare settings will stay open as normal
- NHS and health services will continue to operate
- Local parks, playgrounds and outdoor gyms will remain open
For further details see Welsh Government's Frequently Asked Questions
Essential Health Guidance
- The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and / or high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell. If you have these symptoms, however mild, or have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test results, then you should immediately self-isolate stay at home for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others, all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
- You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access you should call NHS 111
- If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you should arrange a test by visiting NHS.UK or contact 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access
- Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, or hand sanitizer, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, before you eat or handle food, or when you get to work or arrive home
- You must wear a face covering on public transport (buses, trains and taxis) in Wales from 27th July. You must wear a face covering in shops and enclosed public spaces from Monday 14th September. Social distancing, hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes, remain the most important measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand. Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people
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NHS COVID-19 APP
The NHS Covid-19 app launched on the 24th September across Wales and England. Welsh Government is encouraging people in Wales to download and use the app because the more people do so the more it will help reduce and manage the spread of the virus.
The app features are:
- Alert: lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district
- Trace: get alerted if you’ve been near other app users who have tested
- Check-in: get alerted if you have recently visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus
- Symptoms: check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a free test
- Test: helps you book a test and get your result quickly
- Isolate: keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice
It’s supporting our NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service and will work alongside the existing manual contact tracing system.
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