Important information and advice links
- Public Health Wales: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
- Business Wales: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice
- Development Bank of Wales: https://developmentbank.wales/news-and-events/coronavirus-what-support-available-welsh-businesses
- Guidance for employees, employers and business: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
- HMRC’s Time To Pay service: 0800 0159 559
- UK Government Wales Office Update: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-individuals-and-businesses-in-wales
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel Advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Further useful contact details:
- Age UK: 0800 678 1602
- Asthma UK: 0300 222 5800
- British Heart Foundation: 0300 330 3311
- British Lung Foundation: 03000 030 555
- Childline: 0800 1111
- CRUSE Bereavement Support: 0808 808 1677
- Diabetes UK: 0345 123 2399
- Disability Wales: 02920 887 325
- FRANK (advice for drug users and their families): 0300 123 6600
- Mind UK: 0300 123 3393
- Money Advice Service: 0800 138 7777
- RELATE Counselling Cymru: 0300 003 2340 (local services available at relate.org.uk/Cymru/our-locations)
- Samaritans: 116 123
- Scope: 0808 800 3333
- Shelter Cymru: 08000 495 495
- The Silver Line UK: 0800 470 8090
- HMRC Time to Pay Service: 0800 0159 559
Latest news and advice:
29/05/2020: Chancellor's latest statement
18/05/2020: “Zoos in Wales need support to survive Covid-19”
12/05/2020: Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October
3/05/2020: Care home testing U-turn welcomed
28/04/2020: Small businesses boosted by bounce back loans
18/04/2020: Urge for Welsh Government to test care home residents and staff for Covid-19
30/03/2020: Covid-19: ‘It cannot be business as usual’
24/03/2020: The Prime Minister has announced a raft of new measures in a bid to limit the spread of Coronavirus (click on link or read list at bottom of the page).
23/03/2020: Business support to launch from today
What is Coronavirus - COVID-19
- COVID-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus which had previously not been seen in humans. There is currently no immunity to COVID-19.
What are the symptoms and what to do:
- Symptoms: High temperature and continuous cough.
- If you have any of these symptoms you should stay at home for 7 days from the first symptom and keep away from others.
- If you live with family or others and any one of you have symptoms, you should isolate the whole household for a period of 14 days.
Only phone 111 or contact NHS Direct Wales if:
- You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- Your condition gets worse
- Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Protecting yourself and others:
- Wash your hands with soap and water more often, and do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Well-being and Good Mental Health:
- OpenLearn has a wide-range of free resources, including 900+ short courses ranging from Shakespeare and Schubert, forensic psychology and marketing in the 21st century. For more information, visit: https://www.open.edu/openlearn
- Remote working: a practical safety guide for businesses (Glide Group published in Retail Times) visit: https://glidegroup.co.uk/remote-working-a-practical-safety-guide-for-businesses#mental
- Schools were closed on Friday, March 20.
- It is not expected that schools will be opening and functioning as normal at the end of the Easter holidays. This will be kept under review.
New measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson:
Last night (23/3/2020), the Prime Minister announced a raft of new measures in a bid to limit the spread of Coronavirus. You should now remain in your house, unless:
- Shopping for essentials.
- Doing one form of daily exercise.
- Getting medical needs and helping the vulnerable.
- Travelling to or from essential work.
He also urged everyone to maintain a two-metre distance from each other.