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COVID-19 update 62

This update was sent to the Cymorth mailing list on 17 December. You can view the original email here and sign up to receive future mailings here.  

Welsh Government COVID-19 guidance

The Welsh Government continues to update its guidance about the rules in place to protect people in Wales from COVID-19. 

COVID-19 statutory sick pay enhancement scheme extended to homelessness and housing support workers

Welsh Government Ministers have agreed to extend the Statutory Sick Pay Enhancement Scheme to homelessness and housing support workers in Wales. 

This follows detailed meetings between government officials and Cymorth Cymru, where we made the case for these workers to be included in the scheme. Thank you to everyone who provided us with details about their staff numbers and sick pay policy, which helped us to provide evidence to officials and Ministers. 

New regulations to suspend evictions this Christmas 

The Welsh Government has announced measures to suspend evictions from social and private rented accommodation between December 11 and January 11 this year as part of its response to tackling the spread of COVID-19. 

Updated Christmas advice

Following their meeting this week, the UK government, Scottish Government and Welsh Government have published a joint statement about how people should stay safe during the Christmas period. 

The First Minister has also announced that only 2 households should come together to form a Christmas bubble in Wales during the festive period. As a result, the Welsh Government has updated its Christmas advice:

The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services has also published a written statement about visiting in care homes during the Christmas period. 

Higher-level restrictions to come into force to control coronavirus

On Wednesday the First Minister announced that higher-level restrictions will come into force to control rapidly accelerating coronavirus rates across Wales. He confirmed that alert level 4 restrictions for household mixing, staying-at-home, holiday accommodation and travel will come into force after the 5-day Christmas period on December 28. 

Coronavirus Control Plan - Alert Levels in Wales

The First Minister has published a written statement alongside the Welsh Government's revised Coronavirus Control Plan. This plan establishes four alert levels to control the spread of the virus through winter months ahead:

  • Alert level one (low risk): This represents the level of restrictions closest to normality, which are possible while infection rates are low and other preventative measures, such as social distancing and working from home, remain in place.
  • Alert level two (medium risk): This includes additional controls to limit the spread of coronavirus. These may be complemented by more targeted local actions to manage specific incidents or outbreaks. 
  • Alert level three (high risk): These represent the strictest restrictions short of a firebreak or lockdown. These respond to higher or rising level of infections where local actions are no longer effective in containing the growth of the virus.
  • Alert level four (very high risk): Restrictions at this level would be equivalent to the firebreak regulations or lockdown. These could either be deployed as a preventative firebreak or as a lockdown measure.

Technical Advisory Cell: summary of advice 11 December 2020

The Welsh Government's Technical Advisory Cell has published its latest COVID-19 advice to Ministers from the 11 December. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales

The Minister for Health and Social Services has published a written statement about COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales.

The Welsh Government has also announced a pilot of COVID-19 vaccination roll-out to care homes. 

Vaccine information and guidance:
You can access information and guidance about the COVID-19 vaccination programme, including the priority groups here

Discharge arrangements in social care

The Minister for Health and Social Services has published a written statement about discharge arrangements in social care. This follows the publication of the Technical Advisory Group's updated consensus statement on recommended testing criteria for discharge of asymptomatic patients to care homes.

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