Leading Wales out of Lockdown

Bridgend MS Carwyn Jones has welcomed the Welsh Government’s roadmap which sets out details of leading Wales out of Lockdown. Published in May, the roadmap entitled “Unlocking our society and economy– a continuing conversation”, is part of a cautious, coherent approach to easing lockdown and builds on Leading Wales out of the coronavirus pandemic: a framework for recovery, which was published on 24 April.

The roadmap gives an insight into the Welsh Government’s latest thinking about how to unlock our society and economy. At every stage, it has been the Welsh Government’s intention to bring people with them as lock down restrictions are eased and to keep people safe. Above all, the roadmap is based on the latest scientific advice enabling the Welsh Government to act carefully and cautiously, in partnership with people and in a way that is right for Wales. People’s health must always come first.

The roadmap is based on a traffic light system to define how restrictions on different areas of Welsh life can begin to be eased including seeing friends and family, going back to work, shopping, and reopening public services. The roadmap is not prescriptive so does not contain dates. Changes will only be made when the scientific and medical advice states that it is safe to do so. Indeed, as has been the case throughout the pandemic, decisions will be informed by the latest expert scientific advice as well as information gleaned from the experience of other countries.

We have moved tentatively into the Red zone and the Welsh Government is carefully monitoring this. Provided the virus remains under control, then steps can be taken to move into the Amber zone. Moving into the Green Zone, a version of the new normal, can only occur if monitoring shows that we are on top of the virus.

Also alongside this, the Welsh Government published its Test, Trace Protect plan, which will be vital as Wales moves out of lockdown. This will help to track the virus and to quickly identify any new cases and hotspots as they emerge.