Guidance on how you can keep safe.
Has COVID-19 gone away?
COVID-19 has not gone away and we are now living with COVID-19 as one of a number of respiratory infections.
We are likely to see changing patterns of infection around the world for several years. The more people in all countries get vaccinated, the lower the risk to everyone, including in the UK. Continuing with protective behaviours is important and will help to minimise exposure to and spread of coronavirus, as well as other respiratory infections and other diseases.
General protective behaviours include:
- get vaccinated if you are eligible
- stay at home if you’re unwell and limit your contact with others
- maintain good hand hygiene
- wear a face covering in crowded indoor or enclosed places, including health and care settings
- meet others outdoors
- when indoors, increase ventilation and let fresh air in where possible
Do I need to wear a face covering?
Face coverings are no longer required by law in any indoor public place. Whilst no longer a legal requirement, by wearing a face covering you will be helping to protect others around you particularly those who are vulnerable.
Please be respectful of other people’s choices, whether they choose to wear a face covering or not.
Businesses and other settings can also choose to ask their staff or customers to wear a face covering when on their premises, even though they are not legally required. Premises operators also need to stay mindful that some people cannot wear face coverings for a range of valid reasons.
You should also respect any decisions by individual premises as to whether or not they require face coverings when entering or within their premises.
I am not vaccinated, is it too late?
Vaccination is still our best defence against COVID-19, it has saved lives and prevented many people needing hospital treatment for COVID-19.
Even if you’ve had COVID-19, it’s still important you have the jab to increase your protection, if you’re eligible.
Those who are eligible are encouraged to come forward when they are sent an invitation.
My employer will no longer allow me to work from home, what can I do?
There is no legal requirement to work from home. However it still remains an effective public health control measure that can be used to minimise exposure to and spread of coronavirus, as well as other respiratory infections and other diseases.
Businesses and employers are being encouraged to consider home working as part of their general duties under the Health and Safety and Work legislation.
There could be a genuine business or wellbeing need that means that your job cannot be done from home. If you believe that you can work from home, you should discuss this with your employer or trade union in the first instance. If you are unable to find a resolution, you should contact your trade union or seek advice from Acas.
We continue to promote the economic, social and environmental benefits of remote working where possible.
What can I do if I am worried about the safety measures in my workplace?
We recognise that with the removal of coronavirus specific legal protections, some individuals may be concerned about their health and safety within the workplace, especially as more people return to a face to face working environment.
If you have concerns that your health and safety is being compromised at work, you should discuss this with your employer or trade union in the first instance. If you are unable to find a resolution, you should contact your trade union or seek advice from Acas.
I’m about to travel overseas, what do I need to do?
Even though Wales’ rules have ended, other countries may still have travel rules in place. If you live in Wales, you should check GOV.UK’s foreign travel advice for any country you're planning to visit.
There are no COVID-19 travel rules in place for people arriving in Wales from abroad.