Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 22 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Pontyberem Covid-19 cluster

A small cluster of Covid-19 cases has been identified in the Pontyberem area. At present there are 18 cases (correct as at 09/06/21) which are linked to known social gatherings or where the virus has been passed between people living together.

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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.

These include:

  • 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

Full Welsh Government statement

Now open - Economic Resilience Fund

The Welsh Government is making a further package of business support available through the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF).

The ERF will provide support in the form of cash grants for businesses, social enterprises and charities and associated supply chain businesses that have been affected financially as a result of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The grants will help meet operating costs (excluding staff wages) directly impacted by the restrictions in place for the period from May 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021.

The grant is open to applications in Carmarthenshire from noon on June 3 and will close at 5pm on June 30.

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Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 21 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Contact tracing in Wales extended until March 2022

A further £32m will be invested to extend contact tracing to March 2022.

Welsh Government statement

Get rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests if you do not have symptoms

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 20 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Don’t forget to pack your Covid test, if you’re holidaying in Wales

Visitors are being urged to pack lateral flow tests in their suitcases if they are holidaying in Wales from areas in the UK with higher rates of coronavirus.

The First Minister has asked all visitors from Covid hotspots, including areas in England with high levels of the India variant of concern, to take extra measures to help keep Wales safe.

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Over 21 year-olds are now invited to register themselves if they wish to book a vaccine

If you live in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire and meet one of the following criteria, you can now register to request your first COVID vaccine:

  • aged 21 or over
  • aged 16 to 64 and have underlying health conditions that put you at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality
  • work in a care home or in health and social care in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire
  • are the primary unpaid carer of an elderly or disabled adult who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality, or a child with severe neuro-disabilities

We are also prioritising household contacts of adults who are immunosuppressed for vaccination. If you are aged 16 or over and a household contact of a severely immunosuppressed adult, please complete the self-referral form on the NHS website.

Registration form for first COVID vaccine

Holiday in Wales this year new Health Minister asks

The Health Minister, Eluned Morgan is encouraging people to holiday in Wales and explore its beauty this summer as the fight against COVID-19 continues.

The Welsh Government has announced residents of Wales can apply for a certificate of vaccination for urgent international travel. The certificate allows them to demonstrate they have received the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Economic Resilience Fund

The Welsh Government Economic Resilience Fund is now open. Eligible businesses with an annual turnover of £85k can apply on the Welsh Government website.

Eligible businesses with an annual turnover over of less than £85k will be able to apply next week via local authorities.

Welsh Government

Getting a vaccine certificate for international travel

What you need to do to get a certificate of vaccination for international travel.

Welsh Government FAQs

New freelancer fund - now open

The Welsh Government has launched the Freelancer Fund phase two to extend the support to help freelance professionals survive the economic consequences of coronavirus.

The fund can grant one-off payments of £2,500 to support freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors who continue to face financial challenges in the period from April 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021, as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. 

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New international travel rules for Wales confirmed by First Minister

International travel will restart for people in Wales from Monday 17 May, the Welsh Government has confirmed today.

As part of changes to Wales’ coronavirus regulations, people living in Wales will be able to travel to some overseas destinations without the need to quarantine on their return. But additional safeguards will be put in place to help prevent new cases of coronavirus being imported into Wales.

A traffic lights system, aligned with England and Scotland, will be introduced. Countries will be classified as green, amber and red, depending on their rates of coronavirus.

Mandatory quarantine is in place for all people returning to the UK from countries on the amber and red lists. All people returning from overseas travel must have a PCR test.

Wales moves to alert level 2

Wales will move into alert level 2 on Monday. The changes to the coronavirus restrictions, which will come into force from Monday 17 May include:

  • Indoor hospitality can re-open – 6 people from up to 6 households (not including children under 11) can book
  • All holiday accommodation can re-open fully
  • Entertainment venues, including cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor-play centres and areas, casinos, amusement arcades, and theatres can re-open. Cinemas, theatres concert halls and sports grounds can sell food and drink as long as it is consumed in a seated area for watching the performance
  • Indoor visitor attractions, including museums and galleries can re-open
  • Up to 30 people can take part in organised indoor activities and up to 50 people in organised outdoor activities. This includes wedding receptions and wakes.
  • International travel will resume

If public health conditions remain positive, the next three-week review will consider:

  • Further changes to meeting people in private homes;
  • Increasing the number of people who can meet outdoors and the number of people who can attend organised activities and events, including wedding receptions, to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors;
  • Permitting larger-scale events to take place indoors and outdoors.

Full Welsh Government statement

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 10.6 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

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*Data correct as at 9am on 12/05/2021

Guidance on reopening places of worship: coronavirus

 

Guidance for tourism and hospitality businesses: coronavirus

Guidance for tourism and hospitality businesses to keep employees and visitors safe during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Unpaid carers encouraged to use rapid Covid self-test kits

Access to rapid Covid self-test kits (lateral flow tests) are now available to unpaid carers.

Each person will routinely be able to collect or have delivered two packs of seven rapid Covid self-test kits for home use. It is recommended that tests are undertaken twice a week (tested 3 – 4 days apart) with every result recorded on the UK government portal. 

People can order a test online or can collect from certain test sites across Wales, with no appointment needed. 

Welsh Government statement

Further support for Welsh businesses

Businesses in Wales still affected by coronavirus restrictions will be able to claim up to £25,000 more in support to help meet ongoing costs, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

This next package of business support comes as the Welsh Government confirmed up to six people from six different households will be able to meet in indoor regulated settings, such as cafes and pubs, when they open from May 17.

This latest support package will help those businesses, which remain affected by restrictions, to meet ongoing costs through to the end of June as they prepare for re-opening and more normal trading conditions.

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Wales pilot test events get underway

As the coronavirus restrictions continue to relax in Wales, Welsh Government has announced a proposed list of pilot test events to take place over the forthcoming weeks.

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UK CMOs agree to lower UK COVID-19 alert level

Statement from UK CMOs lowering the UK COVID-19 alert level from level 4 to level 3.

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People aged over 30 asked to contact health board for first Covid vaccination

Hywel Dda University Health Board is asking anyone aged over 30 living in Carmarthenshire to contact the health board if they have not yet received a first Covid-19 vaccine appointment.

If you are aged 30 to 49 and have not received an appointment, please contact the health board as soon as possible.

You can cancel or rearrange a current appointment, by phoning the health board on 0300 303 8322.

Full statement

Coronavirus restrictions relaxations confirmed

The Welsh Government has confirmed changes to the coronavirus restrictions in Wales from Monday, May 3.

From Monday, May 3:

  • Gyms, fitness facilities, leisure centres, spas and swimming pools can reopen
  • Extended households will be possible, allowing 2 households to come together to form an exclusive bubble who can meet and have contact indoors
  • Organised children’s indoor activities can recommence, such as sporting, cultural and wider recreational groups and clubs. Children’s birthday parties, or wider gatherings of families and friends in private homes are still not allowed
  • Organised indoor activities for adults can also recommence for up to 15 people, including, exercise classes and swimming lessons
  • Community centres can reopen.

This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by May 3. The next review of the coronavirus restrictions is due by 13 May.

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 16 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 10.1 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

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*Data correct as at 9am on 29/04/2021

Free school meal payments

Payments to families in receipt of free school meals will continue to be made during school holidays.

The payment relating to the one day Bank Holiday on Monday, May 3 will be included with the week’s payment for the half-term holiday which starts on Monday, May 31.

Payment for the six days i.e., £23.40 per eligible child (£3.90 + £19.50) will be made in advance of the half-term holiday.

Lateral flow self-test kits

From Monday April 26, volunteers and those who are unable to work from home can order a lateral flow self-test kit to be delivered direct to their home. Lateral flow self-tests are also available to collect from certain test sites across Wales, no appointment is needed.

Each person will routinely be able to collect or have delivered 2 packs of 7 LFD self-test kits for home use.

Welsh Government statement

Further coronavirus restriction relaxations brought forward

The Welsh Government has confirmed further relaxations will be brought forward from May 17 to May 3. This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday May 3.

From Saturday April 24, the rule of six will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.

From Monday April 26, outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants. Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people. Guidance on care home visits has been amended to provide for the number of designated indoor visitors to be increased from one to two and to give more flexibility around visits from young children.

Changes from Monday 3 May:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen
  • People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.

Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:

  • The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children
  • Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons)
  • And the re-opening of community centres.

Full Welsh Government statement

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 6.4 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

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*Data correct as at 9am on 21/04/2021

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 15 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Outdoor hospitality

The First Minister has confirmed outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday April 26, 2021.

Guidance for the sector is available on the UK Hospitality website.

UK Hospitality

Arrangements for private candidates for 2021 examinations

If you are a private candidate undertaking GCSE, AS and A levels this summer there are two possible routes you can take to be assessed for qualifications:

  • Centre-assessed route: If you know a school or college that has already agreed to enter you for a qualification and carry out assessment of your work, this can continue as planned.
  • Centre-hosted route: If you do not know a school or college, then you will need to register with a host centre that can enter you for your qualification with WJEC – the deadline for this is April 26.

More information and how to register

Outdoor hospitality given go-ahead to reopen and rules on mixing outdoors relaxed in Wales

Six people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday, April 24 while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday, April 26 as cases of new COVID-19 infections continue to fall, Welsh Government has confirmed.

The current rule provides for up to six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors. The new rules from Saturday will allow six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) to meet outdoors.

People should observe social distancing from people from outside their household or support bubble when meeting others outside.

The rules for meeting indoors remain unchanged.

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Lateral flow testing in schools

Welsh Government has announced that it is extending the lateral flow testing (LFT) offer to all secondary school pupils from year 7 upwards.

The number of LFTs available is being increased to support this expansion, starting from the week commencing April 19.

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Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 9.5 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

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*Data correct as at 9am on 15/04/2021

Lateral flow self-tests

All those who cannot work from home are being encouraged to access lateral flow self-test kits as they are rolled out across Wales. 

Anyone who is required to physically go into their workplace can, if they wish, collect lateral flow device (LFD) testing kits from the sites listed below. There is no need to book an appointment, as these can be collected between 9.30am and 12.30pm (8.00am-1.00pm in Carmarthen), seven days a week:

  • Carmarthen - Carmarthen Showground Site, Nant-y-Ci, Carmarthen, SA33 5DR (drive-through only)
  • Llanelli - Dafen Yard, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA14 8QW (drive-through and walk-in)

If the LFD test result is negative, the individual is safe to attend work.

Welsh Government statement

Health Board Statement

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 14 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

First COVID vaccine

Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) is asking eligible people living in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire to get in touch if they have not received a first COVID vaccine appointment. 

If one or more of the following applies to you and you have not received your first vaccine appointment, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 or by email COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk by Friday 16 April: 

  • are aged 50 or over
  • are aged 16 to 64 and have underlying health conditionsthat put you at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality
  • work in a care home or in health and social care in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire
  • are the primary unpaid carer of an elderly or disabled adult who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality, or a child with severe neuro-disabilities 

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Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 15.9 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

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*Data correct as at 9am on 08/04/2021

Covid-19 restriction relaxations in Wales brought forward

The Welsh Government will be accelerating elements of its programme to relax COVID-19 restrictions as cases of new infections continue to fall across Wales.

The First Minister last week set out a detailed timetable for moving Wales firmly into alert level three. But some of these measures will now be introduced sooner than planned as cases have fallen markedly from 37 cases per 100,000 people to fewer than 21 per 100,000 this week.

Welsh Government statement

Situation updates prior to January 1, 2021

Situation updates prior to January 1, 2021, have now been archived. If you are looking for a particular update that has now been archived, please contact us.

Third Covid-19 vaccine arrives in Wales

Elle Taylor, an unpaid carer from Ammanford, became the first person in the UK to receive the Moderna vaccine at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen today. 

Speaking after receiving the vaccine, the 24-year-old said: “I'm very excited and very happy. I'm an unpaid carer for my grandmother so it is very important to me that I get it, so I can care for her properly and safely. My grandmother has had her first dose and she is going for her second dose on Saturday.”

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Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 12 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 22.8 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

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*Data correct as at 9am on 31/03/2021

Plans to further relax Covid restrictions

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, is today setting out a series of measures that will take Wales fully into Alert Level 3 by 17th May.

Should public health conditions remain favourable, from Monday 12th April, the following relaxations can go ahead:

  • The full return of children to schools for face-to-face education, all post-16 learners will return to further education and training centres, and university campus’ will be able to open for blended face-to-face/online learning for all students;
  • All remaining shops can reopen, completing the phased reopening of non-essential retail;
  • All remaining close contact services can open, including mobile services;
  • Travel restrictions on traveling into and out of Wales will be lifted. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area without a reasonable excuse, remain in place. The Common Travel Area means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland;
  • Viewings at wedding venues can resume by appointment;
  • Outdoor canvassing for elections can begin.

The Welsh Government is also signalling further changes it aims to confirm at the 22 April review, subject to public health conditions and final confirmation by Ministers, which would see outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality reopen, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants on Monday 26 April.

By early May, plans include allowing organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people to take place, and for gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities to reopen for individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes.

Full Welsh Government statement

Organised children’s outdoor activities

Guidance for organisers of outdoor activities for children and young people aged 18 and under.

Welsh Government: FAQs

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 27.5 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

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*Data correct as at 9am on 25/03/2021

Further steps out of lockdown

Welsh Government has today announced further easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Wales. 

From tomorrow (Saturday, March 27)

  • Self-contained holiday accommodation can re-open for one household which includes hotels, self-catering outlets and caravanning that have their own facilities
  • The stay local restriction will be replaced to allow travel within Wales from tomorrow - to be reviewed on April 12
  • Libraries will be able to re-open with some limited opening of historic places and gardens
  • Six people from two different households will be able to meet outdoors or in a private garden
  • Organised outdoor activities can restart for children and under 18s

The Welsh Government website has information on the rules that are in place to protect people during the move from alert level 4 to alert level 3.

The next review of the regulations will take place next week.

Welsh Government Statement

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 11 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Restrictions Business Fund Discretionary Grant

The Discretionary Grant will close for applications at 5pm on Wednesday 31st March 2021 or when the fund is fully committed.

The existing grant is to cover the covid restrictions for February and March 2021, so if you have already received the grant during these months, you are not eligible to apply again. 

We are awaiting updates from the Welsh Government as to whether there will be any further discretionary grants over coming weeks.

Find out if you're eligible and how to apply.

Welsh Government updates Coronavirus Control Plan

The Welsh Government has updated its Coronavirus Control Plan, setting out how and when more people and businesses will be able to resume their activities in the safest possible way.

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Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 10 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Outdoor sport facilities can now re-open

Carmarthenshire County Council owned facilities are beginning to re-open in line with the guidelines, however users should be aware of new measures that have been put in place to ensure they are used safely. We continue to ask people to Respect, Protect, Enjoy.

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Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 30.7 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

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*Data correct as at 9am on 17/03/2021

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 9 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Outdoor sports

Carmarthenshire County Council’s outdoor leisure facilities will re-open next week in line with the latest Welsh Government regulations. Welsh Government has said that a maximum of four people from two households can take part in activities using local sports facilities including tennis courts, golf courses and bowling greens.

A booking system is being developed to ensure these regulations can be adhered to - further information will be made available early next week.

Leisure & Outdoor Activities

Visits to residential care homes

Indoor visits to council-run residential care homes in Carmarthenshire will resume on Monday, March 15.

Extra care is being taken to ensure the continued safety of residents, visitors and staff. Staff are contacting families to explain arrangements for the visits, which will be for one designated visitor on a strict appointment basis. Full risk assessments have been undertaken, and strict safety precautions will be in place before and throughout every visit.

We thank everyone for their continued support.

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 36 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

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*Data correct as at 9am on 11/03/2021

Advice to those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable from April 1

The Chief Medical Officer has recommended that the advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable to follow shielding measures should be paused after March 31.

 

Welsh Government statement

Stay local – Wales takes first steps out of lockdown

The stay-at-home restrictions will be replaced by a new interim stay local rule in Wales from tomorrow (Saturday 13 March) as part of a package of measures, beginning the process of unlocking the strict coronavirus regulations, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

From Saturday 13 March:

  • No more than 4 people from 2 households will be able to meet in their local area outdoors, including in gardens. Children under 11 and carers do not count towards this limit. There must be no indoors mixing and social distancing should be followed.
  • Outdoor sports facilities can reopen, including tennis courts, golf courses and bowling greens. A maximum of 4 people from 2 households can take part in activities using local sports facilities.
  • Indoor care home visits can resume for one designated visitor, with the permission of the care home.

From Monday 15 March:

  • All primary pupils and those in qualifications years will return. Schools will have the flexibility to bring in year 10 and 12 pupils, to support them to progress to the next stage of their learning, and more learners will return to colleges. There will also be flexibility for in-school check-ins for all other pupils. All learners will return after the Easter break.
  • Hairdressers and barbers can reopen by appointment only to cut hair.

From Monday 22 March:

  • The first steps to re-open non-essential retail will begin. Restrictions on the sale of non-essential items will be lifted for those shops, which are currently open.
  • Garden centres will also reopen.

 

Full Welsh Government statement

Unpaid Carers

Unpaid carers in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire who are not already registered as a carer with their GP practice are being asked to complete an online registration form if they wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

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Support available for unpaid carers in Carmarthenshire

 

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 8 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 42.9 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

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*Data correct as at 9am on 04/03/2021

Business rates holiday extended for 12 months

The rates holiday for the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors in Wales will be extended for a further 12 months, the Finance Minister Rebecca Evans has announced.

The £380m package provides retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with rateable values up to £500k, and charities in Wales with a straightforward year-long business rates holiday – going beyond what has been announced in England – providing a much-needed boost for small and medium sized businesses struggling to cope with the impacts of the pandemic.

This relief package, in combination with our existing Small Business Rates Relief scheme will ensure that more than 70,000 businesses will continue to pay no rates at all in 2021-22.

 

Welsh Government statement

‘We’re in Your Corner’

Welsh Government has launched a new campaign to promote the important support available to businesses to help them deal with the continued pressures of coronavirus and plan for a brighter future.

The ‘We’re in Your Corner’ campaign will encourage firms the length and breadth of Wales to take advantage of the skills and employment advice and guidance that is on offer through the Skills Gateway for Business online portal.

A range of support is available such as assistance with developing the capabilities of staff to advice with recruitment and training programmes. 

Welsh Government statement

More pupils to have opportunity to return to schools before Easter

The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, has today announced plans for more pupils in Wales to have the opportunity to return to the classroom ahead of the Easter break.

She confirmed that schools would be given the opportunity to welcome back learners in years 7, 8 and 9.

The aim will be to give learners the opportunity to check in with teachers, with a focus on support for wellbeing, and readiness for a full return to school after the Easter holidays.

The planned return of younger secondary school pupils would be in addition to all primary pupils, who are expected to return from March 15, along with learners in years 10 and 12, those in exam years and students doing similar qualifications in colleges. Younger primary pupils have been able to return to their classrooms since Monday,  February 22.

The plans will be subject to the regular three-week review of coronavirus regulations by the Welsh Government on Friday 12 March.

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Changes to support bubble regulations

Welsh Government has announced that households with one or more children under the age of one can now form a support bubble with one other household for any purpose. 

In addition, 16 or 17 year olds living alone or with others of the same age but no adult in their household, can also now form a support bubble with one other household.

 

Welsh Government statement

Vaccination timeline announced for Carmarthenshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9

Every person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Hywel Dda University Health Board statement

 

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 71 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

FIND INFORMATION HERE

*Data correct as at 9am on 25/02/2021

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 7 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Welsh Government schools update

Welsh Government Education Minister Kirsty Williams today (February 22) confirmed that if conditions continue to improve over the next three weeks all primary aged children can start to return to their classrooms from March 15.

At the same time, learners in years 11 and 13, and those doing similar qualifications in colleges, will be able to return to face-to-face learning in a safe and flexible way.

Where possible, they also want to give some flexibility around other learners, such as Year 12 and those in Year 10 who may also have been entered for qualifications this summer. Unfortunately, this won’t necessarily be a return to full-time on-site learning.

She also confirmed that twice-weekly testing would be extended to older learners from Year 10 upwards, and those in Further Education settings, as well as education staff. Testing will be done through lateral flow devices, which means they can be done from learners’ homes which will assist with the planned return of older pupils from March 15.

The situation for other learners will be confirmed before the Easter holidays, but it is hoped to get all learners back in school after that break.

Written statement

 

Enforcement action

Our enforcement officers have been out visiting supermarkets across the county to check compliance with Covid-19 regulations.

A total of 16 stores were visited and officers issued the following:

  • Lidl, Llanelli - compliance notice issued for displaying ‘non-essentials’ goods for sale
  • Morrisons, Llanelli - compliance notice issued for displaying ‘non-essentials’ goods for sale, and improvement notice issued requiring them to improve the measures they have in place for minimising the spread of coronavirus

Enforcement officers will return and take necessary action if the stores fail to make improvements

Report a concern 

Lockdown to continue for further three weeks as pupils return to school

Stay-at-home restrictions will continue in Wales as the youngest pupils begin returning to school from Monday, First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed today.

From Monday 22 February, children aged three to seven will begin returning to schools in a phased way, while some vocational learners on courses that require practical learning, will return to college.

Following the latest review of coronavirus restrictions, the Welsh Government also announced some minor changes to the current rules:

  • From Saturday 20 February, four people from two different households will be able to meet outdoors for socially distanced local exercise. This doesn’t apply to private gardens.
  • From March 1, the law will be changed to allow licensed wedding venues, such as visitor attractions and hotels, to re-open but only to perform wedding and civil partnership ceremonies.
  • Sport Wales will make arrangements for more of our talented athletes to resume training and playing.
  • With more people living and working in older people’s care homes being vaccinated, we will look again at our guidance for care home visiting.

Welsh Government statement

Level 4 FAQs

Self-Isolation Support Payments

More people will now be eligible to apply for the £500 Self-Isolation Support Payment the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James has announced.

The scheme, which has been extended until June 2021, will now be open to applications from people with a personal income of less than £500 per week and those on Basic Statutory Sick Pay who have been asked to self-isolate by Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) service, the NHS Covid-19 App or by their child’s education setting.

 

Welsh Government statement

Self-isolation support payments

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 6 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Vaccine milestone achieved

Hywel Dda UHB has met the first Welsh Government vaccination milestone of offering a first dose to everyone in groups 1 to 4 by Monday, February 15. 

Locally recorded figures confirm that at 10am today, 101,938 vaccines have been administered – that’s 92% of local people in the first 4 priority groups.

Hywel Dda UHB statement

Learners with Additional Learning Needs

The Welsh Government has announced a further £9.8 million to support learners with Additional Learning Needs. The funding will remove barriers to education for children and young people due to Covid-19.

£8.8m will be provided to local authorities, including funding for special schools, with £1m for young people in further education.  

Welsh Government statement

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 98.5 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

FIND INFORMATION HERE

*Data correct as at 9am on 11/02/2021

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB will publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 5 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Update: People in vaccine priority groups 1 to 4

Statement by Hywel Dda University Health Board: 

Hywel Dda University Health Board’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is on schedule to offer a vaccine to everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 by Monday 15 February.
If you are in priority groups 1 to 4 and you haven’t been contacted about your vaccine appointment, we need you to get in touch.
If you are aged 75 to 79, are shielding, or work in frontline health, social care or an adult care home, please phone 0300 303 8322 or email COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk to book your vaccine.
If you are aged 80 years or older or are aged 70 to 74, please contact your GP practice directly.
If you are not in priority groups 1 to 4, please do not contact us at this time.

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Cultural Recovery Fund supporting freelancers

Freelancers working in Wales’ creative sectors will receive a further round of support worth £8.9 million, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Lord Elis-Thomas announced today.

The new round of support funding from the Cultural Recovery Fund will mean each of the freelancers already supported will receive an additional £2,500 to support them through this extended period of reduced activity.  

The £63 million Cultural Recovery Fund has provided essential support to sustain the arts and creative sector, with the hope organisations and individuals will be able to thrive again in not-too-distant future.    

The Freelancers Fund has already supported almost 3,500 freelancers in three phases of support.

 

Full statement

Grants and payments

Schools update

Welsh Government has confirmed that Foundation Phase primary children can return to school for face-to-face learning after February half-term.

Coronavirus cases are continuing to fall across Wales to allow a phased and flexible return to school, starting after February 22 with children aged 3 to 7.

Any further phasing of more year groups will be considered as part of Welsh Government’s 21-day review on February 19 when there will be more detail around any further headroom.

Schools will continue to make on-site provision available for vulnerable children and children of critical workers after the half-term break, and special schools and specialist settings will continue to remain open where possible.

More information 

Businesses urged to register for financial support

Welsh Government is urging businesses to ensure they are registered for financial support to help them deal with the ongoing impacts of coronavirus.

Last month, Welsh Government announced an additional £200 million package to help firms through to the end of March. This takes Welsh Government’s business support package from the December to March period to £650 million.

The financial package is predominantly for businesses that pay non-domestic rates and have been forced to close or operate differently as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

Welsh Government estimates that there are thousands of eligible businesses that might not yet have registered for this support.

Read more

Grants and payments

Free PPE and cleaning packs for taxi drivers

Licensed taxi drivers in Carmarthenshire will be entitled to claim free personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning equipment to help keep them and their passengers safe.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s licensing team is contacting drivers to make them aware that they can apply for the PPE and cleaning packs, which are being made available by Welsh Government.

Each pack, worth over £70, is sufficient for six months use and contains sanitiser, face coverings, cloths and wipes.

Drivers must apply online by March 5, 2021.

Packs are limited to one per individual. Drivers will be required to provide details including their hackney carriage/private hire driver’s licence number.

 

Licensing

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB will publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 4 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Test, Trace, Protect

If you have been contacted by NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service (TTP) and been told to self-isolate, you may be entitled to financial support. From the 5th February you will also be able to apply if you have received a notification asking you to self-isolate via the NHS app.

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Extension of the Restrictions Business Fund

The Restrictions Business Fund Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) and Discretionary based grants for non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism (NERHLT) sectors has been extended to provide a single top up payment to cover the period between the 25 January and end of March 2021 for businesses affected by national restrictions.

Businesses not eligible for non-domestic rates will be able to continue to apply to local authorities for a Discretionary Grant.

For further information please visit the Business Wales COVID-19 Advice for Businesses pages.

Phased and flexible back-to-school approach if coronavirus cases continue to fall

The youngest children in Wales could begin returning to school after the February half term, if rates of coronavirus continue to fall, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced today.

The return to primary school will be planned in a phased and flexible way from 22 February, if the public health situation continues to improve. Students studying vocational qualifications will also be among those prioritised for the phased return to colleges.

Announcement

Alert level 4 lockdown restrictions will remain in place

The First Minister confirmed the alert level 4 lockdown restrictions will remain in place in Wales for the next 3 weeks, following a review of the measures.

Two small changes will be made to the current alert level 4 restrictions from Saturday, January 30, 2021:

  • A maximum of two people from different households will be able to exercise outdoors together, as long as they maintain social distancing. This must involve exercise starting from and finishing from home – driving for exercise to beauty spots should still not take place.
  • If a support bubble arrangement has broken down, a new one can be formed as long as there is gap of 10 days before doing so.

Remember - in alert level 4 lockdown, everyone must:

  • stay at home
  • work from home if they can
  • keep a 2m distance from others
  • wear a face covering in all indoor public places
  • not meet anyone not in your immediate household or support bubble

 

Latest announcement

Situation updates prior to December 1, 2020

Situation updates prior to December 1, 2020, have now been archived. If you are looking for a particular update that has now been archived, please contact us.

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB will publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 3 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 187 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

FIND INFORMATION HERE

*Data correct as at 9am on 28/01/2021

Spectator Sports Survival Fund

The First Minister has announced today a £17.7m Spectator Sports Survival Funding package to help spectator sports severely impacted by the pandemic.

Read the Welsh Government statement

 

Home delivery service is now available from our regional libraries

Whilst click, collect and access to library premises are temporarily suspended, a home delivery service is now available from our regional libraries and our housebound service is now available to all shielding and/or vulnerable individuals. Library services will continue to be reviewed in line with emerging guidance.

For queries on our continuing services please contact your local regional library on:

  • Ammanford: 01269 598360
  • Carmarthen: 01267 224824
  • Llanelli: 01554 744327
  • Housebound Service: 01554 744315

Don't forget you can access our digital library 24/7.

Visit our digital library

Mass vaccination centres - Carmarthenshire

Letters will arrive in the coming days inviting 20,000 Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire residents aged 75 to 79 years to receive their first COVID vaccine at a mass vaccination centre, Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) has announced.

The letter will provide an appointment time at one of the following mass vaccination centres:

  • Aberystwyth – Thomas Parry Library, Llanbadarn Campus, Aberystwyth University
  • Cardigan – Teifi Leisure Centre
  • Carmarthen – Halliwell Conference Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Haverfordwest - Pembrokeshire Archives, Prendergast
  • Llanelli – Ffwrnes Theatre
  • Tenby – Tenby Leisure Centre

These mass vaccination centres will provide a safe environment, space to maintain social distancing while allowing more people to be vaccinated as efficiently and as quickly as possible.

More information

 

Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “We’re pleased to be able to support Hywel Dda University Health Board deliver this important vaccination programme by offering the use of Y Ffwrnes as a mass vaccination centre. The Covid-19 vaccine offers a glimmer of hope after what is, and continues to be, a very difficult and worrying time for everyone.”

Vaccinations update

As at week ending 17/01/2021, a total of 155,514 does of Covid-19 vaccine have been given in Wales. In the Hywel Dda Health Board area, 19,103 doses have been given.

MORE VACCINE DATA FROM PUBLIC HEALTH WALES

*data correct as at 12pm on 21/01/2021

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 261.7 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

FIND INFORMATION HERE

*Data correct as at 9am on 21/01/2021

Changes to qualifications confirmed by Education Minister Kirsty Williams following further disruption to learning

Learners in Wales studying for Qualifications Wales approved GCSE, AS and A levels this year will receive grades determined by their school or college, based on work they have completed over their course.

This policy decision was confirmed by Education Minister Kirsty Williams today (Wednesday, January 20) following further disruption to face-to-face learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

More information

 

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB will publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 2 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

£40 million extra to support students facing financial hardship

The Welsh Government will today announce an additional £40m for universities to support students facing financial hardship, helping the students most affected by the pandemic with expenses such as accommodation costs.

Universities will be asked to prioritise funding towards the most vulnerable students, as well as strengthening advice and support services for students.

With most students currently being asked to study at home, the funding will also be used to address ‘digital poverty’ among students, to enable better access to online learning, and costs incurred due to the need to self-isolate.

The funding is in addition to over £40 million the Welsh Government has already provided to help universities this financial year, which has included £10m towards student hardship, mental health support and student unions.

The funding will come from the Welsh Government’s Covid-19 Reserve, to support the national response to the pandemic, and will be distributed to universities by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

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Vaccinations update

As at week ending 10/01/2021, a total of 88,163 does of Covid-19 vaccine have been given in Wales. In the Hywel Dda Health Board area, 12,292 doses have been given.

 

More vaccine data from Public Health Wales

*data correct as at 12pm on 14/01/2021

Welsh Government to strengthen legislation to ensure workplaces and shops are safer

Businesses in Wales will have to carry out a specific coronavirus risk assessment under new Welsh Government legislation. These risk assessments will be the starting point for implementing the reasonable measures that are required to be taken to minimise exposure to the coronavirus on premises open to the public and in workplaces.

More information

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 309.9 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

FIND INFORMATION HERE

*Data correct as at 9am on 13/01/2021

New mandatory Coronavirus testing for travellers into Wales

Passengers arriving into Wales from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally, Health Minister, Vaughan Gething has confirmed.

From 4am Monday 18th January 2021, inbound passengers arriving by boat, plane or train from countries outside the Common Travel Area (UK, Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) will have to take a test up to 72 hours before departing the country they are in, to help protect against the new strains of coronavirus such as those seen in Brazil, Denmark and South Africa.

More information

Vaccine letters

Every household in Carmarthenshire will soon receive letters about Covid-19 vaccination plans.

The letters will provide information on the roll-out of the coronavirus vaccines currently available in Wales. It will also tell you how the vaccines are being made available and in what way you will be invited to an appointment.

People are being urged to be patient and wait their turn. Please do not contact NHS or health services to request the vaccine.

Download a copy of the letter (.pdf)

Visit the Welsh Government website for further info on vaccinations 

 

Exercise should begin and end at home

In line with Alert Level 4 restrictions you should not drive to places for exercise unless you have mobility issues. These include local beauty spots/parks such as Pembrey Country Park. This is the law and not just guidance. For example police can fine people who travel beyond their local area to beauty spots.

 

  • We know exercise is important, but while Wales is at alert level 4, you should not be driving to get to somewhere to exercise
  • The more people gather, the greater the risk of spreading the virus
  • The further you travel from home the more likely you are to come into contact with a wider group of people beyond your local area, and potentially increase the spread of coronavirus across Wales
  • There is a new variant of coronavirus which is highly contagious and fast moving. It is widespread in some parts of Wales, including North Wales. We want to do all we can to protect people from this new form of the virus and prevent it spreading into more areas of Wales
  • Always starting our exercise from our home limits the number of people we are likely to come into contact with

 

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ERF Restrictions Business Fund discretionary grant

We have temporarily closed the Restrictions Business Fund discretionary grant for new applications, as the eligibility criteria has been extended to include businesses that were affected by the Tier 4 restrictions that were put in place on the 19th December.  The application form is being updated to reflect these changes.

If you have already applied you do NOT need to re-apply, we are assessing all applications and you should receive an update within 30 working days from when you submitted your application.

COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund Sector Specific Grant Eligibility Checker

The ERF Sector Specific Support (operating cost) package is targeted at Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure (HTL) businesses and associated supply chain businesses that will be materially impacted by a greater than 60% impact of turnover as a result of the restrictions introduced on 4 December 2020 until the 22 January 2021.

The funds seeks to compliment other COVID-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales.

You can use the tool on the Business Wales website to check your eligibility for the COVID-19 ERF Sector Specific Grant.

All applications are currently expected to be open by 12:00 midday on 13 January 2021 and remain open for 2 weeks or until funds are fully committed.

Visit Business Wales website

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 405.3 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

FIND INFORMATION HERE

*Data correct as at 9am on 07/01/2021

“Stay home to save lives”

First Minister Mark Drakeford today said everyone must stay at home to save lives as he confirmed the alert level four coronavirus restrictions in Wales will continue.

The lockdown restrictions will be strengthened in some key areas to prevent the new, highly-infectious strain of the virus spreading from person to person in those shops and workplaces which remain open. And unless there is a significant reduction in cases of coronavirus before 29 January – the date of the next three-week review of the regulations – school and college students will continue to learn online until the February half term.

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Qualifications Wales cancels the spring internal assessment window for GCSE, AS and A levels

Qualifications Wales has cancelled the spring internal assessment window (due between February 22 and April 23) for GCSE, AS and A levels. Revised assessment arrangements for the award of these qualifications in summer 2021 will be put in place shortly. 

Following the First Minister’s announcement (January 8 2021) that most pupils will continue to learn remotely until January 29 or possibly even February half term, Qualifications Wales is announcing that the spring internal assessment window for GCSE, AS, and A level, which were planned to take place between February 22 and April 23, will not take place and new arrangements will be made.

More information

Alert level four coronavirus restrictions in Wales will continue

And unless there is a significant reduction in cases of coronavirus before 29 January – the date of the next three-week review of the regulations – school and college students will continue to learn online until the February half-term.

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Covid-19 vaccine scams

People working in the care sector in Carmarthenshire are being warned of Covid-19 vaccine scams.
Fraudsters, claiming to be from the NHS, have been sending emails to care workers offering them a chance to get the vaccination. They ask for the person to register and provide personal data including bank details. This is a scam.
Always check the sender’s address and if it’s not a .gov.uk or .nhs.uk address the chances are it isn’t genuine. Also the NHS would not ask for your bank details in this way. Do not reply.
For further help and advice please email tradingstandards@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or call 01267 234567.
If you think you have been scammed call Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 or 
Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.

Covid puts social care services under significant pressure

Social care services in Carmarthenshire are straining under the significant pressure of Covid-19.

Both council-run and private care homes across the county are battling the impact of the virus on vulnerable people requiring care with a reduced workforce as large numbers of carers are forced to self-isolate.

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Restrictions Business Fund Non Domestic Rate Grant

Applications are now open for the Welsh Government’s Restrictions Business Fund to support businesses that have been directly impacted by the additional restrictions put in place on December 4 to control the spread of Covid-19. The purpose of the grant is to provide businesses with cash flow support and to help them survive the economic consequences of the restrictions introduced. The grant seeks to complement other Covid-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales.

 

Read more

 

Update: Schools

The Welsh Government has announced that schools will continue with online learning until January 18.

This decision has been made as a result of medical and scientific advice and the rising number of new cases which is putting considerable pressure on the health service.

More information

Public transport during the fire-break

There will be reductions or withdrawals to services operated by First Cymru and New Adventure Travel. Please check timetables with the bus company. Public transport is only being provided to allow you to make essential journeys – please do not travel unless you need to.

 

Open / Closed / Restrictions in place

Welsh Government Education update following the First Minister’s press conference

For learners, in schools and in further education colleges there will be an opportunity to sit core GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics, Mathematics-Numeracy and Welsh Language in November 2020 as planned. Other qualifications will be available in January 2021 and as part of the summer 2021 series.

This is so that those learners due to take GCSEs will be able to continue with their education with the minimum possible disruption, under the circumstances. This also applies to learners due to sit their university entrance exams. More information on the website.

Further operational guidance to support centres (i.e. schools and colleges) on the safe running of the exam series will be published on Monday.

As the First Minister said today, keeping schools open is a top priority for the Welsh Government and we’ll do everything we can to maximise education and minimise disruption.

However, we face some incredibly difficult decisions to bring the virus under control - ministers will meet over the weekend to discuss a fire-break.

As always, I will update you about matters involving education.