COVID-19 advice - Wales

Last updated on: 30 September 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. Read the latest coronavirus frequently asked questions on the Gov Wales website.

A number of local authority areas in Wales now have local lockdown restrictions. Please visit the Gov Wales website for a full list of counties in Wales that are in local lockdown. We’re regularly updating coronavirus information to ensure you have the most up-to-date and relevant content available.

Meeting other people and social distancing

From the 14 September, only six people can meet indoors and they must all belong to the same extended household group. The rule will not apply to children aged 11 or under. It will apply in all pubs, restaurants and private homes.

Social or physical distancing should be maintained.

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 who you can meet up with and 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 mandatory in shops and indoor public spaces from 14 September.

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. 


Vulnerable people who were shielding can now stop as the Welsh Government paused shielding from 16 August. This means that you can follow the same guidance as the rest of Wales. To stay safe, you should strictly follow physical distancing and hygiene measures. 

  • You'll be able to return to your workplace, if you cannot work from home and your place of work is COVID secure.
  • Children who've been shielding can return to school when schools re-start.
  • You can go out for any reason, including to the shops.

If you still need support with food deliveries, contact your local authority. The National Volunteer Prescription Delivery Scheme will be available until the end of September.  

Note, shielding may continue if you live in one of the local areas with restrictions or lockdown. If you’re advised to shield again, the support you receive may vary slightly depending on where you live. Find out more about the support services for people who are shielding.

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
  • Avoiding crowded spaces
  • Wearing face coverings on public transport, in shops, for hospital appointments and in enclosed public places
  • Washing your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser outside your home if you’ve touched other surfaces
  • Working from home if you can and if you have to travel to work by public transport avoid peak times

Read the latest guidance from the Welsh Government for vulnerable people who've been shielding to help with any specific questions you may have.

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


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 – go to this page on testing to arrange. 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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