Coronavirus

This page has been designed to provide up-to-date information, guidance and advice with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you need medical help, please use the 111 online coronavirus service.

Please click here for the UK Government's stay at home advice and here for more general information.

This is an uncertain time and the overriding aim is to save lives and minimise suffering – and governments are being led by the best scientific advice.

Fighting this virus will require a huge national effort and joined up approach from both the UK and Welsh Governments. We must do all we can to save lives, protect the NHS and keep the most vulnerable people in our society safe.

Now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel. This advice is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions.

The Conservative Government is at the forefront of the effort to back business, to back our economy and to make sure that we get through this. Yesterday the Chancellor announced an unprecedented package of government-backed loans and guarantees to support business.

Individuals and families

Health

Read the latest information about COVID-19 from Public Health Wales.

See the latest advice from NHS Direct Wales and use the Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptom Checker.

Staying at home and shielding

Read the Welsh Government’s guidance on staying at home and away from others for people in Wales.

Read stay-at-home guidance for households with possible coronavirus.

Also read guidance on shielding and protecting people defined as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Testing in Wales

Read details about the Welsh Government’s approach to testing for COVID-19 in Wales.

Coronavirus and the law in Wales

Read information about how the law is being applied to tackle COVID-19 and where coronavirus laws are different in Wales.

Guidance for employees

Read all the latest guidance for employees including details about staying at home, Statutory Sick Pay and Universal Credit.

Also check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to cover 80% of your regular wage, up to a monthly cap of £2,500.

Sickness and disability benefits

Face-to-face assessments for all sickness and disability benefits will be temporarily suspended for the next 3 months from Tuesday 17 March.

No further action is required by any claimant as a result of this change. They will be contacted with advice on next steps.

Travel

Find out all the latest travel advice and sign up for travel alerts via the Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) website.

Education

Find the latest information on schools and educational settings via the Welsh Government website.

Housing

The UK Government has agreed with mortgage lenders that they will offer repayment holidays of 3 months to households in financial difficulty due to COVID-19. Customers who are concerned about their current financial situation should contact their lender at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss if this is a suitable option for them.

The Welsh Government has agreed that measures developed by the UK Government to suspend evictions from social or private rented accommodation will apply to Welsh tenants. The three month mortgage payment holiday will also be extended to Buy to Let mortgages to protect landlords.

Community support

Businesses

General guidance for employers

The UK Government has published extensive guidance for employers of all sizes and types, including details on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what to do if someone is suspected or confirmed to have the virus.

Find coronavirus financial support for your business

Use the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

UK Government support for businesses

The UK Government has set out a package of measures to protect public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

All businesses in Wales could benefit from the following schemes and announcements:

Support for the self-employed:

Support for small and medium sized businesses:

Support for larger businesses:

Welsh Government support for businesses

Because some aspects of business support are devolved, the Welsh Government has set out a range of support measures via the Business Wales website.

Further support and helplines

HMRC tax helpline

HMRC has set up a helpline for businesses and self-employed people who are concerned about paying their tax due to COVID-19.

Call 08000 241222 for help and advice.

Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

Find out about call charges

Business Wales support

Get help with your business online by contacting Business Wales

News

“Zoos in Wales need support to survive Covid-19”

The Welsh Conservatives are calling on the Labour-led Welsh Government to follow the UK Government’s lead in establishing a "Covid-19 Zoos Support Fund" to help zoos and aquariums survive the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recycling centres to reopen after Welsh Conservative pressure

The Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs – Andrew RT Davies MS – has welcomed the Welsh Government answering Welsh Conservative calls to reopen recycling centres to combat fly-tippers in Wales.

Recycling centres are scheduled to reopen from May 26.

UK Government announces bounce back loan scheme

The UK Government has announced a new Bounce Back Loans Scheme – a 100 per cent government-backed loan scheme that enables small businesses to borrow up to £50,000 and access the cash within days.

Prime Minister

Unbelievable turn of events tonight - my thoughts with the PM and his loved ones.

A man who has given his all for his country and party - especially over the last year - and whose boundless energy and optimism can get him through this. Come on Boris Johnson.

 

Self-employed - Coronavirus update

The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest public health emergency in a generation. Our message to the public is clear: you must stay at home, in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

 

25th March - Coronavirus update - MOTs

*MOT*

Given the circumstances the UK Government is granting an MOT temporary exemption so that if your MOT is due from 30th March 2020 you will automatically receive a SIX-month extension.