Welsh Government to send updated shielding advice to the vulnerable about COVID-19

The Welsh Government has announced that those who were shielding during the first lockdown this year should take further steps to protect themselves from Covid-19.

Welsh Government Health Minister Vaughan Gething has written directly to around 9,000 people in Swansea to update them about what to do in the light of a sustained increase in infection rates from the virus with letters expected to arrive after Christmas.

The information states that those who are currently attending a workplace should switch to working from home, particularly those whose work requires them to be in regular contact with other people.

Further Welsh Government advice in the letter includes:

  • Stay at home as much as possible, though those affected can go outside for exercise or other essential reasons such as medical appointments
  • Keep your contacts to a minimum, though you can be part of a support bubble
  • Stay two metres from anyone you don’t live with, wear a mask when required and wash or sanitise your hands frequently

Those affected by this change in advice should still be able to access priority supermarket delivery slots by using the same name and address that is on their CMO letter when they register.

Some local food shops and suppliers will also deliver food direct to people’s doors and the council maintains a list of these on its website.

People who do not have enough money to buy food may be able to get help from their local foodbank although some foodbanks require a referral.

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