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COVID-19 update 57

This update was sent to the Cymorth mailing list on 1 November. You can view the original email here and sign up to receive future mailings here.  

COVID-19 Fire-break: Updated FAQs

The Welsh Government has continued to update its firebreak FAQs since they were first published. 

COVID-19 Fire-break: BSL guidance video

The Welsh Government has published a video with British Sign Language about the rules people should follow during the firebreak. 

COVID-19 Fire-break: Guidance posters

The Welsh Government has published a series of posters about the firebreak restrictions. These are available in over 30 community languages and can be displayed in your housing and support services to inform people of the rules. 

COVID-19 Fire-break: Integrated impact assessment

The Welsh Government has published an integrated impact assessment regarding the firebreak restrictions on social gathering and travel, business closures and attendance at school and further education. 

Welsh Government letter to voluntary groups: Fire-break and homelessness

The Welsh Government's Director for Housing and Regeneration has written to voluntary groups in Wales, asking them to support local authorities in their efforts to plan and coordinate the provision of housing and support. The letter highlights the Welsh Government's view that night shelters should not be used this year but urges voluntary groups to get in touch with their local authority to find out how else they can help. 

ICYMI: Welsh Government letter to RSLs about firebreak and homelessness

The Welsh Government's Director for Housing and Regeneration wrote to RSL chief executives, urging them to work with their local authority partners to provide housing and support for people experiencing homelessness. 

Welsh Government financial support to help people to self-isolate

The Welsh Government has announced two schemes to provide financial support for people told to self-isolate for up to 14 days. 

People on low incomes can apply to receive a £500 payment if they have tested positive for coronavirus or they are asked to self-isolate because they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

A new top-up payment is being introduced for the social care workforce in Wales, to increase statutory sick pay to their normal wages if they have to take time off because they have coronavirus or are self-isolating. 

UK Government announces furlough scheme extension 

The UK Government has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - also known as the furlough scheme - will be extended from 1 November 2020. It will remain open until December, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. 

Updated shielding guidance and FAQs

The Welsh Government has updated its advice for people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 - previously known as ‘shielding’.

Written Statement: ‘Long COVID' Longer Term Impacts of COVID-19 

The Welsh Government's Minister for Health and Social Services has published a written statement about the longer term impacts of COVID-19. 

Live Fear Free Helpline

In light of the firebreak lockdown across Wales it is vital that survivors and professionals are aware that specialist services remain open and survivors of any/all forms of violence against women are encouraged to seek help.

The Live Fear Free helpline remains open 24/7. You can call us, text us, webchat or even email. We have a Language Line option for those who do not speak Welsh or English and encourage anyone to ring us if they are concerned for themselves or others. We support ALL survivors and their concerned loved ones, and we offer support and guidance to professionals working with survivors as well. 

Minimising the risk of exposure to coronavirus in workplaces and premises open to the public

The Welsh Government has updated its guidance about taking all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus in workplaces and premises open to the public. 

New coronavirus outreach workers to support BAME communities 

The Welsh Government has announced that new outreach workers will be employed by the NHS to support people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. The appointments come as evidence shows the huge and adverse impact coronavirus has had on people from BAME communities. 

Technical Advisory Cell - Advice summaries

The Welsh Government's Technical Advisory Cell continues to publish its advice on COVID-19. 

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