Updates at a glance
Wales remains at Alert Level 0 with five key initiatives in place
In his three-week review, the First Minister announced today (Friday, September 17) that Wales will remain at Alert Level 0, with five key initiatives in place, including:
>Autumn vaccine booster campaign
>Vaccine to 12-15 year-olds
>Continue to work from home where possible
>Reminder to continue to wear face coverings in indoor places and on public transport
>Introduce Covid Pass from October 11 for the following:
- Nightclubs and similar venues.
- Indoor non-seated events for more than 500 people, where people are mixing closely for prolonged periods.
- Outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people, where people will be mixing closely for prolonged periods.
- Any event, of any nature, which has more than 10,000 people in attendance.
Fully vaccinated adults will no longer need to self-isolate
All adults who have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone with coronavirus from the 7 August.
Children and young people under 18 will also be exempt from the need to self-isolate if they are also identified as close contacts of a positive case.
But everyone who tests positive for coronavirus or has symptoms must continue to isolate for 10 days, whether they have been vaccinated or not.
New Guidance - Officer Code of Conduct
The public are entitled to expect the highest standards of conduct from all Council employees and, to help you understand what is expected of you whilst working for the Council, we have developed new guidance.
The guidance covers topics like, how to declare a personal interest, what to do when working with Elected Members, and how to award and manage contracts appropriately.
Rule changes on hold for 4 weeks as delta spreads
First Minister Mark Drakeford announced a 4-week pause to the coronavirus rules on Friday (June 18) to help boost protection against the new delta variant.
Wales’ world-leading vaccine programme will speed up second doses over the next 4 weeks – with a planned deployment of more than half a million doses to help prevent a fresh wave of serious illness as cases of coronavirus begin to rise.
First Minister confirms phased move to alert level one
Up to 30 people will be able to meet outdoors and large outdoor activities will be able to take place from Monday, as Wales moves into alert level one.
The size of extended households can be increased to up to three households, and a further household with a single adult or single adult with caring responsibilities will also be able to join.
The move to alert level one will be phased, with outdoor events opening first. Ministers will review the public health situation again, ahead of June 21, to determine whether indoor events can restart.
The first phase of the move to alert level one means that from Monday June 7:
- Up to 30 people can meet outdoors, including in private gardens, outdoor hospitality and public places
- Larger outdoor organised gatherings and events, such as concerts, football matches and sporting activities, like organised running groups can go ahead for up to 4,000 people standing and 10,000 people seated. All organisers planning events and activities must undertake a full risk assessment and put in place measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including social distancing
The Welsh Government will consider further changes to the regulations on indoor activity later in the month, if public health conditions allow.
- Rule of six for meeting indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation
- Increased numbers for indoor organised gatherings and indoor events
- Opening ice skating rinks
Wales moves to alert level 2
Wales will move into alert level 2 on Monday.
Lateral flow testing update
From Friday (April 16, 2021) staff who are unable to work from home and do not currently have direct access to COVID-19 testing, will be able to collect free rapid home testing kits to test themselves for the virus before attending work.
The lateral flow testing page has been updated with new information.
Covid-19 vaccine page - updated information
Visit the Covid-19 vaccine page for updated information on recording absence linked to an adverse reaction to the vaccine and time off for vaccine appointments.
Updated advice on shielding – March 18
The Chief Medical Officer has reviewed the advice to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and in light of the current context of significantly lower cases across Wales, has advised that shielding measures should be paused on 31 March. This means from 1 April you can:
- go to work, if you cannot work from home, as long as the business is Covid-secure (has taken reasonable measures to minimise risk to employees);
- children who have been following shielding measures can return to school when appropriate for their year group
More information can be found on the Welsh Government website.
Supporting Transgender staff
This guidance has been produced to support our employees and managers in understanding the experience and process of transitioning and the potential barriers that may inhibit a trans person in reaching their potential in the workplace. It provides helpful guidance on supporting trans applicants and employees, creating an inclusive working environment and what a trans person can expect in terms of support.
Supporting Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual staff
This guidance aims to support managers with their responsibility for developing an inclusive culture in their workplace and providing the appropriate support to their LGB team members.
Read more on the Supporting Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual staff page.
The ResourceLink team will not be on hand to respond to any emails on March 8, 9 and 12 due to staff training. There will be a delay in responses to any emails sent during this time.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Covid-19 self-testing (Lateral Flow Devices)
Some members of staff will now be able to take a lateral flow test as part of their job.
Those members of staff who are currently able to self-test will have been contacted by their line manager with information on the how the process works.
Find out more about self-testing including frequently asked questions on the Lateral Flow Testing page