STOP-PRESS - VIRUS NEWS JULY 2021 - Craig Y Nos Castle (Weddings, Accommodation and Ghost Tours) in Wales

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STOP-PRESS - VIRUS NEWS JULY 2021

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14th July
What has been announced?
  • Wales is set to move fully into coronavirus alert level one from this Saturday, the Welsh Government has confirmed.
  • It means a raft of lockdown restrictions will be eased including a significant increase in the number of people who can meet in private homes and attend indoor events.
  • From that date, there will also be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others indoors, including in private homes. All premises would be able to open and most, but not all, restrictions will be removed.

Changes from Saturday 17th July
  • Mr Drakeford: Wales will move fully to alert level one on Saturday July 17
  • Wales will move fully to alert level one, including:
  • Up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation
  • Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 seated and up to 200 standing
  • Ice rinks can reopen
  • Groups of up to 30 can visit children’s residential activity centres

The changes from August 7
  • From that date, there will also be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others indoors, including in private homes. All premises would be able to open and most, but not all, restrictions will be removed.
  • Masks will not need to be worn in hospitality settings but will continue to be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport.
  • Masks will still be required at Alert Level Zero
  • The Coronavirus Control Plan has also been issued today setting out what Alert Level Zero will mean.
  • At that alert, which Welsh Government hope to implement from August 7:
  • There will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others, including in private homes, public places or at events.
  • All businesses and premises will be able to re-open
  • Carrying out a coronavirus risk assessment will continue to be a legal requirement for businesses, employers and event organisers.
  • Businesses, employers and other organisations will still be required to take reasonable measures to manage the risk of coronavirus at their premises.
  • The reasonable measures to be taken, such as physical distancing and other controls, will be for each organisation to consider depending on the nature of the premises and the risks of exposure to coronavirus identified.
  • People should continue to work from home wherever possible. If you are unwell, you should self-isolate and get tested.
  • Face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors in public places such as on public transport, in shops and when accessing healthcare. The use of face coverings in the workplace should also be considered by businesses and employers as part of their coronavirus risk assessment.

FAQ

Will social distancing still be in legislation at alert level one?

  • Mr Drakeford was asked about the law surrounding social distancing when Wales reaches alert level one.
  • He said: "What will be in legislation is for a requirement for a workplace to carry out a risk assessment and to take all reasonable measures to ensure that their workforce and customers are kept safe from coronavirus.

  • "Up until now, social distancing has been a slightly separate stand alone requirement, from now on it will be one of the measures which a business can take. It will be included in the risk assessment and the measures it can take but it will be there alongside the other measures.
  • "It will not have disappeared but it will be navigated alongside all the other things which a business can choose to do."


IN MY VIEW THIS STILL MEANS NO DISCO
What must remain closed at alert level 1 "nightclubs and adult entertainment venues"

And what about weddings?
Currently, indoor weddings and receptions can go ahead with as many guests as can safely socially distance indoors. It means for many couples there is still an effective cap on the number of their guests. Under the new rules from August 7, it would be up to each venue to determine whether social distancing still needs to be in place at the two metre distance or whether other measures could be put in its place.

From Saturday, August 7:

  • These changes are subject to the public health situation staying as it is now.
  • There will no longer be legal limits on the number of people who can meet others indoors, including in private homes
  • All premises would be able to open and most – but not all – restrictions will be removed and replaced with the ongoing requirement for all organisations and businesses to carry out Covid risk assessments
  • Face coverings will no longer be needed in hospitality venues but will still be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport
  • There will no longer be a firm two metre social distancing rule for businesses and at events if Wales can enter alert level zero next month.
  • First Minister Mark Drakeford has today announced changes coming into place on July 17, and then, if the public health situation remains the same, almost all restrictions being eased from August 7.
  • If on that date Wales can go into alert level zero, "the reasonable measures to be taken, such as physical distancing and other controls, will be for each organisation to consider depending on the nature of the premises and the risks of exposure to coronavirus identified".
  • The new coronavirus rules say that it will remain a legal requirement for a coronavirus-specific risk assessment to be carried out by businesses and other organisations which will manage the risk of exposure. "There is already a requirement for employers to ensure the safety of staff and the requirement for an additional coronavirus risk assessment should continue to complement this duty. The requirement to consult staff on the risk assessment will also be retained."
  • "Most significantly the regulations will no longer give particular prominence to two metre physical distancing as there may now be alternative ways of minimising risk".
  • Mr Drakeford accepted in his press conference on Wednesday that his government is placing a greater emphasis on risk assessments and said it is a new obligation that once a risk assessment is created to ensure the things within it are put into practice.
  • He said he expected that social distancing would continue to be used but said not always at a two metre distance as that isn't always feasible.

What about table service?
Venues in Wales are still operating at reduced capacity:
Hospitality venues unable to sustain the two metre rule have already had to put other mitigating measures in place such as screens, limited times for customers and cleaning schedules. They have also been required by law to have table service.
The new rules released today applying from 7th August "will not set out specific requirements for licensed premises such as table service".
The risk assessment is a legal requirement and will mean an organiser has to identify the risks and any mitigating measures.

How many per table?
So do we have to stick to tables of 6?
Personally I would try and keep it to tables of 6, so we can add more table but 1m apart to mitigate risks or, if they are from either a genuine family living in the same house you can have more than 6 or you can have 2 genuine extended households on same table.
6 plus children and carers is easiest.

What about Facecoverings?
Face coverings will continue to be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport at alert level zero from 7 August, with the exception of hospitality settings.
So Masks must still be worn indoors (apart from when eating and drinking) until 7th August sadly 😥

IN ESSENCE THERE IS LITTLE CHANGE TO NUMBERS INDOORS IN REAL TERMS AS SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MITIGATION IS STILL IN PLACE SO IT SEEMS STILL 6 TO A TABLE ALTHOUGH POSSIBLY THE ODD EXTRA TABLE CAN BE SQUEEZED IN.

IN THE EVENING AGAIN A FEW MORE CAN COME BUT AGAIN THERE IS AN ELEMENT OF SOCIAL DISTANCING ALTHOUGH ALLOWING FOR PEOPLE TO STAND MEANS THEY CAN BE IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT AREAS.

FOOD AND DRINKS THOUGH CAN STILL ONLY BE CONSUMED AT A TABLE AND MASKS MUST STILL BE WORN



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