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COVID-19 update 56

This update was sent to the Cymorth mailing list on 22 October. You can view the original email here and sign up to receive future mailings here. 

COVID-19 Fire-break: Cabinet Statement

Following the Welsh Government's announcement that a 'fire-break' lockdown will start on Friday 23 October, the First Minister has published a statement outlining the restrictions and support available for businesses in Wales. 

The Welsh Government has also published the Technical Advisory Group's advice on fire breaks. 

COVID-19 Fire-break: Updated FAQs

The Welsh Government has updated its firebeak FAQs since they were published on Monday. In particular, the section about building, repair or maintenance work has been amended. 

Welsh Government letter: Fire-break and homelessness

The Welsh Government's Director for Housing and Regeneration has written to all RSL Chief Executives about homelessness and the upcoming COVID-19 fire break / circuit break. This letter emphasises:

  • Everyone should be have accommodation which enables them to follow public health guidance on social distancing, hygiene and to self-isolate if necessary
  • The hardship fund remains open providing financial support for Local Authorities to enable them to secure necessary emergency accommodation and support
  • Homelessness services are already under severe pressure and in some areas emergency accommodation is already at capacity
  • The importance of facilitating move on for people in emergency accommodation and long term homes at the point of presentation, in order to avoid an increase in rough sleeping.

The letter asks social housing providers to:

  • Consider what else they can do to facilitate both high quality emergency provision and, importantly, move on options.
  • Provide Welsh Government with a full list of their void properties. 
  • Make direct contact with their local authority partners to discuss how to ensure that voids and accommodation are fully utilised.

Domestic abuse and sexual violence survivors encouraged to seek help during firebreak 

In advance of the fire break, Welsh Government Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt, has encouraged domestic abuse and sexual violence survivors to seek help and escape from their homes if necessary.

The Live Fear Free helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – call free on 0808 8010 800 any time, if you can do it safely. You can also text 0786 007 7333, email or webchat

Letter from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales to those who were previously shielding

The Chief Medical Officer has written to people who are extremely vulnerable and were previously shielding, with the latest advice on how to best protect themselves. 

COVID-19 Fire-break: Childcare and play 

The Welsh Government has published guidance for childcare providers and parents about access to childcare and play services during the firebreak.

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