COVID Regulations and Guidelines
COVID TODAY (12/02/2023)
We are told that COVID has not gone away. Keep Well & Keep Safe. There are also many coughs, colds, chest infections and flu in evidence.
Masks, hand sanitizer, anti-viral wipes and sprays are still available at the Centre. There is no compulsion to wear face coverings but that is down to personal choice. You must feel safe and comfortable. We still aim to protect the vulnerable in our communities and respect others space.
There are no legally enforceable regulations or guidelines. However, if you have COVID do not come to the Community Centre and avoid contact with anyone that is vulnerable. The last advice, relating to isolation, was for five days.
THE PAST - A REMINDER OF WHAT WE WERE ASKED TO DO
COVID Regulations and Guidelines in Wales, published on 22nd December, 2021 and came into force from Sunday 26th December are shown below.
Advice to Keep Wales safe:
get both jabs and when invited, get your booster
limit your contacts
outdoors is safer than indoors
do a lateral flow test before seeing others
if you have symptoms, self-isolate and book a PCR test
wear a face covering
Read and observe the current guidance
Up to 50 outdoor and 30 indoor spectators can attend community sports events.
2 metre social distancing will be required in offices and all public premises.
A maximum of six people can meet in public premises.
Licenced premises will need to take additional reasonable measures to protect customers and staff.
A maximum of 30 people can attend indoor events and a maximum of 50 people at outdoor events.
People attending weddings or civil partnership receptions or wakes should take a lateral flow test before attending.
Nightclubs will close.
Anyone wishing to attend events or functions, at Pennant Community Centre, should send a notification on email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone or text 07967116632. This is so that we can set the rooms out for the numbers attending. Numbers permitted can vary for events/groups. This will be required for the foreseeable future as we will be restricted on the number of persons that can attend.
We respect everyone’s choice to wear or not wear a mask but we have to observe the current COVID Regulations and Guidelines in Wales. However, it will continue that there will be no entry to the Community Centre for persons not wearing a mask, in accordance with our Health and Safety Assessment.
With the changes to COVID Regulations and Guidelines on 7th August, 2021, things will change very little. Although we are supposed to be at level zero the removal of any conditions has moved the onus on safety to businesses and organisations. This will be covered by Health & Safety legislation.
Cymuned has a general Health & Safety Policy with an additional COVID related assessment. All groups using/hiring the Community are required to submit their own Health & Safety Risk Assessment which has to be assessed by the Trustees before the facilities can be used. Any breach can lead to the use of the facilities being withdrawn.
Please observe the conditions for using the Community Centre.
When indoors, in line with current COVID Regulations and Guidance in Wales, you must wear a mask, unless seated. Social distancing still applies and ALL visitors are asked to use hand sanitiser when entering the premises. NO MASK. NO ENTRY.
ALL users/hirers of the premises should ensure that all contact surfaces and areas are wiped down with the supplied anti-viral wipes and sprays. A 'Cleaning' slip shold be completed, and placed in the track and trace box, to show who did the cleaning, the date and group involved.
IMPORTANT! IF YOU HAVE BEEN SUFFERING ANY COVID SYMPTOMS, HAVE PROVIDED A POSITIVE TEST OR BEEN TOLD TO SELF ISOLATE PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING.
ON ENTERING THE BUIDLING
COULD YOU PLEASE: -
· ENSURE THAT YOUR FACE MASK IS CORRECTLY FITTED COVERING THE MOUTH & NOSE;
· USE THE HAND SANITIZER PROVIDED;
· COMPLETE A TRACK & TRACE FORM;
· KEEP EVERYONE SAFE BY MAINTAINING A 2 METRE GAP BETWEEN YOURSELF & OTHERS;
· MASKS MAY BE REMOVED WHEN SEATED.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep everyone safe.
PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE SERVING HATCH FOR REFRESHMENTS. DRINKS AND ANY OTHER REFRESHMENTS WILL BE BROUGHT TO YOUR TABLE.
IT IS REQUESTED THAT: -
· YOU DO NOT MOVE ANY OF THE FURNITURE AS IT IS COMPLIANT TO COVID REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES;
· VISIT OTHER TABLES OR SIT WITH OTHERS ONCE SEATING IS PROVIDED;
· YOU WEAR YOUR MASK IF MOVING AROUND INDOORS OR WISH TO USE THE TOILETS.
· ONE PERSON ALLOWED IN TOILETS AT ANY ONE TIME
Thank you for your further cooperation in helping to keep everyone safe.
This is the last directive we had in relation to Community Centres.
Closure of community centres - a person(s) responsible for a community centre must ensure that the community centre is closed except where it is used to provide—
(a) essential voluntary services, or
(b) public services upon the request of the Welsh Ministers or a local authority.
The next review, of the continuing lockdown, should be due on 19th February, 2021.
REPORTS OF BREACHES OF CORONAVIRUS REGULATIONS
Please see message below with regard to reporting incidents that breach the coronavirus regulations. Everyone should have recently received a document that sets these out very clearly.
This will ensure that matters are investigated and there isn't speculation and rumour to whip up anxiety and stress in what is already a very stressful time for everyone.
This is a difficult and worrying time for all of us and, understandably, the news we hear and images we see on social media and elsewhere of people flouting the stay at home rules are of concern to everyone. If anyone has any reason to believe that someone, in our local area, is breaching the rules, it is the job of Dyfed-Powys Police to investigate. The use of social media platforms and community groups for online posting of 'suspected' breaches only causes more stress and anxiety without any realistic chance of any outcome.
Please report any incidents to Dyfed-Powys Police using the form provided on their website:
Keep Safe & Well