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Strengthened measures to reduce high coronavirus cases in Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford will today [Friday 29 October 2021] say alert level zero protective measures will be strengthened to keep people safe and help reduce high levels of coronavirus in Wales.

The First Minister will say Wales is facing a serious situation and that unless rates begin to fall over the next three weeks, Ministers will have to consider reintroducing some restrictions at the next review to bring the spread of the virus under control.

Announcing the outcome of the latest three-week review of the coronavirus regulations, the First Minister will confirm Wales will remain at alert level zero but some extra measures will be taken to protect people’s health.

The guidance around self-isolation is changing. Adults who are fully vaccinated and children and young people aged five to 17 will be asked to self-isolate until they have received a negative PCR test if someone in their household has symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19.

People who are not vaccinated will still have to self-isolate for 10 days following contact with someone who has tested positive, including close contacts outside of their household.

And, while coronavirus cases remain very high, the Welsh Government intends to extend the use of COVID Pass to theatres, cinemas and concert halls from 15 November 2021. These are settings where large numbers of people gather indoors, close to each other, for long periods at a time.

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The Welsh Government continues to encourage everyone to work from home wherever possible and to remind everyone of the legal requirement to wear a face covering in indoor public places.

Economy Minister Vaughan Gething yesterday met with retailers to urge them to do everything they can to raise awareness of the legal requirement to wear a face coverings in shops.

For further information visit Gov.Wales.

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