COVID-19 advice - Wales

Last updated on: 6 July 2020 

Each of the devolved nations has its own approach to handling the COVID-19 crisis. Here you’ll find the specific details for people living in Wales. 

We’re regularly updating coronavirus information to ensure you have the most up-to-date and relevant content available.

Forming an extended household

People from two separate households can form an extended household. Read more on the Gov Wales website.

Updates for people who are shielding

People who are shielding can go outside to exercise or meet people from another household whilst maintaining good hygiene measures and social distancing guidance. 

People will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales asking them to continue shielding until 16 August. It will also describe how the advice has changed to enable them to go outdoors and meet other people. The August shielding date does not affect this updated advice.

For the latest updates on shielding read the guidance from the Welsh Government.

Support if shielding

If you are shielding, you will still need to make arrangements for deliveries of food, medicines and other essential items. 

People who live with you and/or provide care for you should help you to stay safe by closely following guidance on physical distancing, reducing their contact inside and outside the home.

Support with shopping can be from family, friends or neighbours as long as they carefully follow physical distancing guidance. Or you could use online services to order essentials. Most supermarkets offering online ordering are giving priority to people who are shielding. Find out more about the support services for people who are shielding.

Your local authority will arrange for a basic selection of non-perishable food and toiletry items to be delivered to you each week for as long as you need to shield. They are provided and delivered free of charge.

Read the Welsh Government’s advice on shielding.

Social distancing

The requirement to stay local in Wales was lifted on 6 July.

You should still follow the following guidance:

  • social or physical distancing should still be maintained
  • people must not gather in public places other than with members of one other household
  • Hygiene is important. Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water; when these aren’t readily available, use a hand sanitiser gel instead.

For a full list of the specific purposes you can leave the house for, read the Welsh Government’s frequently asked questions.

What about face masks?

In Wales, the wearing of face masks or other coverings is optional.

Face coverings should not be used in place of social distancing and good hygiene. And surgical or clinical-grade masks should not be used by the general public. Read the advice on face coverings from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.

Rules about exercise and outdoor activity

You can leave your home to exercise, alone, with members of your own household, or with members of one other household. 

All outdoor sport and leisure facilities with the exception of playgrounds and outdoor gyms are allowed to open. 

Read the Welsh Government’s guidance on exercise.

Self-isolating

You should self-isolate if you or somebody else in your household develops symptoms of coronavirus. This means not leaving your home for any reason and not having visitors unless it’s for essential medical care.

You’ll need to arrange for food and essential supplies to be delivered and these should be left at your door to minimise contact with the delivery person.

Read the Welsh Government’s guidance on self-isolating.

What other support is available

You may also need some support if you’re vulnerable but not in the shielding group. This might be because you’re over 70, have a disability, are pregnant, receive mental health support or if you have an existing medical condition that means you are entitled to a flu jab.

If this applies to you and you’re not able to access online services or get help from family and friends, then you should contact your local authority, who will be able to help or put you in touch with local voluntary support services.

You can get help from local voluntary organisations.

Updated information can be found on the following websites: Public Health Wales, Wales NHS and gov.wales - Looking after each other. This includes resources on staying active and wellbeing.

Staying safe at work

We've been listening to your questions and developed a dedicated section on COVID-19 employment information.

Read the latest guidance for employers and employees to keep safe in the workplace during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Keep updated

If you’re feeling isolated from family and friends during these uncertain times, we’re here for you. Find out more about the support available in your area.

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