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This update was sent to the Cymorth mailing list on 23 December. You can view the original email here and sign up to receive future mailings here

Welsh Government: Christmas advice and guidance

The First Minister and Wales’ public service leaders have issued a message to the people of Wales ahead of Christmas.  

The Welsh Government's guidance for the Christmas period can be found below:

Written Statement: Introduction of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restriction) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020  

The Welsh Government has published a written statement about the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020, which have introduced a new system of alert levels in Wales. 

The alert level approach is designed to provide a predictable framework of measures within each level of restrictions. These are set out in the new regulations. The plan also sets out the indicators, which will be considered when deciding on escalating or de-escalating between those levels. 

Guidance about each of the four alert levels can be found here

Alert Level 4 guidance:  

The Welsh Government continues to update its guidance for Alert Level 4, which currently applies to the whole of Wales:

Updated guidance: Shielding

The Welsh Government published a written statement and updated its guidance about protecting people defined on medical grounds as clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 - previously known as ‘shielding’.

What has changed? 
People who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are now advised that they should no longer attend work or school outside the home. The Welsh Government will be sending a letter out in the New Year to confirm this advice. 

Updated Supported Living guidance

Following the move to Alert Level 4, the Welsh Government has updated its guidance for supported living settings and the easy read guidance

Technical Advisory Group Policy Modelling: December 2020 and January 2021

The Welsh Government has published the Technical Advisory Group's latest report which considers the current state of the epidemic in Wales and the modelled impacts of Non Pharmaceutical Interventions before and after Christmas. In doing so it estimates the impact of tiers or alert levels (herein, levels) on growth of the epidemic and impacts for NHS Wales, including deaths, hospitalisations and ICU occupancy over the winter period. 

Welsh Government statement: Testing infrastructure

The Welsh Government's Minister for Health and Social Services has published a written statement about COVID-19 testing infrastructure in Wales, including the planned expansion through regional testing sites, community testing units, mobile testing units and home testing kits. 

National Protocol for Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

The Welsh Government has published the authorisation protocol for non-registered professionals to immunise people with the COVID 19 vaccine. 

Updated guidance: Care home visits

Following the move to Alert Level 4, the Welsh Government has updated its care home visiting guidance

Updated guidance: Children’s social services

Following the move to Alert Level 4, the Welsh Government has updated its COVID-19 guidance for children's social services.

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