The First Minister, Mark Drakeford has just announced a new, simplified set of rules to start in Wales from Monday, 9th November.
The new national measures 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 restaurants, cafes, pubs and gyms, closed during the firebreak, will be able to reopen. Following the announcement about the English lockdown, Ministers are having ongoing discussions with the hospitality sector about the detailed rules for reopening. This includes about meeting in public indoor spaces.
- 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, but international travel should be for essential reasons only.
- 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.
The firebreak we are in at the moment has been largely well observed here in Llanelli but it is still important that in the next few weeks and months we continue to work together and think about what we can all do to help #SaveLives and #ProtectTheNHS.