COVID-19 advice - Wales

Last updated on: 12 January 2021 

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.

Alert levels

All of Wales is currently in alert level 4 which means that all people in Wales should stay home, unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. Read the latest guidance on what this means for you the Gov Wales website.

Extended households will not be permitted and you will only be able to meet the people you live with or people you are in a support bubble with. 

COVID-19 vaccines

There’s a UK-wide plan to prioritise certain groups to be vaccinated first. Read more about priority groups.

In Wales, GP surgeries, hospitals and mobile vaccinations centres are being set up to deliver vaccines.

People considered ‘clinically extremely vulnerable' have the same priority as people aged 70 and over. The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to have it. 

People will be sent appointments depending on where they are on the priority list There's no need to apply for the vaccine or ask your GP or pharmacist for an appointment. People will be invited automatically. Everyone in Wales will receive more information about the coronavirus vaccination in January.

Read the latest guidance: COVID-19 vaccines - your questions answered. For further information specific to Wales, check the Gov Wales website.

Shielding advice

Read the latest letter to those who are clinically vulnerable - previously shielding.

The advice to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, previously ‘shielding’ is that those in this group should no longer attend work or spend time outside of home unless for exercise or to attend a medical appointment. You will receive a letter to confirm this advice. It is recommended that you should follow the guidance for extremely vulnerable people. For more information on the risk groups, read the following:

Read the latest FAQs from the Welsh Government to help with any specific questions you may have.

If you still need support with food deliveries, contact your local authority. Find out more about getting food and getting medicines.

Taking extra care and strict social distancing

If you are in the extremely vulnerable group and do go out, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by maintaining strict social distancing. This includes:

  • Keeping two metres away from people not in your household or support bubble and avoid face to face contact
  • Working from home
  • Washing your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser outside your home if you’ve touched other surfaces

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

Meeting other people and social distancing

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

Please visit the Gov Wales website for more information on what the regulations are in your local area. 

What about face masks?

In Wales, the wearing of face masks or other coverings is mandatory in shops and indoor public spaces.

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. 


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.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – arrange a test online. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

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.

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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