July 15, 2020

Phased Return to Sport Guidance: Welsh Government

Following the Welsh Government’s announcement that organised outdoor activities of up to 30 people can now continue in Wales, the Welsh Government has published updated guidance on a Phased Return to Sport. Coronavirus has not gone away – it’s important that guidance is followed and safety procedures are in place so these activities are safe for those taking part. The …

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July 13, 2020

3 Layer Face Coverings Mandatory on Public Transport from July 27th

This afternoon the First Minister for Wales announced some further changes to the Coronavirus regulations in force in Wales. Facemasks mandatory on public transport: From 27 July, you’ll need to wear a three-layer face covering when travelling on public transport in Wales, including taxis. For the moment, public transport should be used for essential journeys only – for critical workers …

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July 3, 2020

Puppy Smuggling Through COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dogs Trust have sadly seen that it has been ‘business as usual’ for puppy smugglers importing puppies into the country for sale. These puppies can travel on journeys of up to 33 hours from Central and Eastern Europe with no food, insufficient water and no toilet breaks. Worryingly, they have also been seeing emerging trends with …

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July 3, 2020

MOTs to Resume from August 1st in Wales

On 30 March, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing.   Lockdown restrictions are easing, and all drivers with an MOT due from 1 August are being urged to book an MOT test. Please be aware – this is a legal requirement. Drivers who have an MOT test due before 1 August will still be granted the 6-month …

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June 19, 2020

DfID and Jo Cox’s Legacy – Great Get Together Weekend

In amongst the political noise this week, Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of the murder of my friend, Jo Cox. On the same day, Boris Johnson chose to reinforce the Conservative’s nasty party reputation by announcing they are abolishing the Department for International Development. Jo was a champion for international development, a humanitarian who made it her mission to protect …

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June 19, 2020

Welsh Coronavirus Regulations – Changes (19th June 2020)

Here’s a quick run through of today’s changes, and those coming into force in the next weeks: Non-essential retail to open from Monday. Stay local rules remain in place for the next fortnight w/ exemptions on compassionate grounds. Schools will reopen as announced on 29 June. Hairdressers can plan to reopen by appointment in three weeks’ time.From Monday All non-essential …

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June 18, 2020

Loneliness Week 2020

This week is Loneliness Awareness Week. Loneliness Awareness Week (LAW) began by the Marmalade Trust 4 years ago to raise awareness of loneliness and encourage people to speak about it openly. It’s a powerful message that resonates with many and each year LAW receives more and more attention. Last year 800 events took place and on our campaign launch day, …

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June 11, 2020

Sunday Trading Laws

You may have heard that the UK Government are considering proposals to relax Sunday trading laws in order to boost the retail sector as the lockdown continues to be eased. Labour is opposed to this, as is the trade union representing retail workers, USDAW. The impact of the Coronavirus lockdown on shops and retail businesses has been huge – and …

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June 9, 2020

3-Layer Facemasks Recomended Where Social Distancing Impossible – New

The Welsh Government now recommend wearing a 3-layer face covering where social distancing is not possible, following a change to WHO guidance. If you have symptoms, it’s imperative you still self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. Masks are not a substitute for proper social distancing – social distancing and frequent hand washing remain essential. More information ios available on the …

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May 29, 2020

New Lockdown Rules in Wales from Monday 1st June

Full guidance and FAQs about the new lockdown rules in Wales: From Monday, 2 households in the same local area will be able to meet outdoors. In doing this, however, people must follow social distancing and strict hand hygiene practices to control the spread of the virus. Local’ means not generally travelling more than 5 miles from home to reduce …

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