Here’s the latest update from Cytûn following the Welsh Government’s announcement on the 7th of August
Welsh Government has announced that Wales is moving to Level 0 restrictions tomorrow (August 7). Here is Welsh Government’s summary https://gov.wales/alert-level-0-summary
At Alert Level Zero, from 7 August 2021, there are no legal limits on the number of people who can meet, including in private homes, public places or at events. In addition all businesses and premises may be open.
However, we have not yet reached a position where we can remove all protections and – in line with the latest scientific and public health advice – we are keeping some key rules in place in law. In these respects collective responsibility is needed rather than personal choice.
1. Businesses, employers and other organisations must continue to undertake a specific coronavirus risk assessment and take reasonable measures to minimise exposure to, and the spread of, coronavirus.
2. Everyone must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if they test positive for COVID-19. If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive and you are aged 18 or over and not fully vaccinated, you must also self-isolate for 10 days.
3. Adults and children over 12 must continue to wear face-coverings in indoor public places, with the exception of hospitality settings such as restaurants, pubs, cafes or nightclubs.
In the light of point 1, Welsh Government has published detailed guidance regarding drawing up a risk assessment and the reasonable measures which may be taken https://gov.wales/alert-level-0-guidance-employers-businesses-and-organisations-html This includes helpful information about how the virus is spread and draws attention to activities which are particularly risky – such as singing. It ends with 11 basic questions to be asked as specific risk assessments are drawn up. This document needs to be read carefully by everyone who has responsibility for any building or activity which is open to the public.
We are expecting more specific guidance for places of worship to be published in the coming days, but these are not yet available. It will be a matter for the appropriate authorities of each place of worship and activity to make their own arrangements, but as many churches will have already arranged their Sunday services (and in the absence, possibly, of key officers on holiday at the moment), Cytûn’s recommendation would be that churches should stick to their current arrangements for Sunday August 8, to give themselves time to study the guidance more fully by the following Sunday. Cytûn’s website will be fully updated next week. The amended regulations (which are not yet published at the time of sending this email) will be in force until 26 November 2021.