Covid-19 Update from Labour MS for Newport West Jayne Bryant

  • Below is information from Jayne Bryant MS:

    The First Minister Mark Drakeford announced this week the rules that will come into effect after the Firebreak ends on Monday 9 November.

    From  Monday, two households will be able to join together to form a bubble. To help keep everyone as safe as possible at home, only people from your own household or your extended household can meet at home.

    🍻 Beyond November 9, there will be new arrangements to meet indoors in other settings, such as pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.
    🏃‍♂️ Up to 15 people can take part in an organised indoor activity and up to 30 in an organised outdoors activity, providing all social distancing, hand hygiene and other covid safety measures are followed.

    📚 Schools will reopen as normal from next Monday.

    🏢 All business premises, which have been shut since October 23, will be able to reopen on November 9.

    🛐 Churches and places of worship will resume services.

    There will be no travel restrictions within Wales, but people should avoid non-essential travel as much as possible. During the month-long lockdown in England, travel will not be permitted outside Wales without a reasonable excuse.

    A very useful question and answer document can be found here:

    In his statement, The First Minister Mark Drakeford said, “we are about to begin the next stage in our national effort to control the virus. At the heart of that effort is all of us and the way we go about our lives. We all need to take steps to keep each other safe. Many people have made huge sacrifices to live within the rules before the firebreak. I am grateful to them. Over the winter period, we must all live our lives differently so that the effort we have made together is not wasted and we do not have to undergo a further firebreak later in the year.

    Find the full statement here:

    🏥 Update from the Health Board
    Situation within our hospitals (as of 2nd November)

    • There are currently 300 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 across all of our sites. Of these, 219 patients have received a positive test and 81 patients are awaiting results. There are also 39 patients who are recovering (previously tested positive however now recovering)
    • There are 1,130 (including Mental Health, 1,000 excluding Mental Health) beds within the Health Board occupied by non COVID patients.
    • There are 17 patients in our Intensive Care Units. 12 of these patients are at the Royal Gwent Hospital. Of this 12, 5 patients are positive for COVID-19 and 7 are non COVID patients. There are 5 patients in ITU in Nevill Hall Hospital, 4 of whom are positive with COVID-19 and 1 of which who is not.
    • We are beginning to see increasing numbers of patients presenting at the hospitals with symptoms of COVID-19


    💷 Business Support
    The demand for the Business Development Grant element of the Economic Resilience Fund has been exceptional with nearly 6,000 applications received. The fund has been paused to allow an assessment of applications to be undertaken and payments to be issued to successful applicants as quickly as possible.
    However, this pause does not affect the first and much larger element of the fund – the £200m ERF Lockdown Business Fund which remains open.

    Funding  is delivered collaboratively between the Welsh Government and Local Authorities. This element of the fund will provide the following to over 60k businesses:

    • Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses forced to close (as defined by the regulations) during the firebreak lockdown period occupying a property with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000 will be eligible for a £5,000 payment.
    • Every business eligible for Small Business Rates Relief occupying a property with a rateable value of £12,000 or less will be eligible for a £1,000 payment.
    • A discretionary enhanced £2,000 top-up grant will be made available on an application basis for those businesses with a rateable value of £12,000 or less who are forced to close by the firebreak lockdown (as defined by the regulations).
    • A further discretionary enhanced £1,000 grant will be made available to businesses on the same basis where they have been materially affected by local lockdown restrictions prior to the start of the firebreak lockdown period.

    The Welsh Government are developing a mechanism for businesses to register an interest in any future funds and further updates will follow in the coming weeks.

    November 6th, 2020 | Caerleon Labour | Comments Off on Covid-19 Update from Labour MS for Newport West Jayne Bryant |

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