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Latest Covid Guidelines 28/8/2020

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Latest Covid Guidelines 28th August 2020

Parch./Revd Gethin Rhys
Swyddog Polisi (Cytun) / Policy Officer (Churches in Wales)



Today Welsh Government published its guidance for re-opening community centres, including

the community use of places of worship. You can see these here:

www.gov.wales/safe-use-multi-purpose-community-centre-covid-19.

The principles are very similar to those in the guidance on re-opening places of worship, so

thosefamiliar with the latter will be well prepared for this new guidance. The community centres

guidance includes a step-by-step guide to taking decisions regarding re-opening, and I imagine

that section will prove particularly useful to decision makers.


I would note two matters in particular:The community centres guidance states:Regulation 12 of

the Health Protection(Coronavirus Restrictions) (no. 2) (Wales) Regulations 2020 places a duty

on those responsibleforthe centre tocollect contact information from each person at the

premises or, in relation topersons from the same household, from one of them, and retaining it

for 21 days for the purposeof providing it to the Welsh Ministers or to a public health officer upon

either's request.

Furtherinformation about Test, Trace, Protectis available, along with guidance on keeping

records ofstaff customers and visitors,and practical guidance for community centres

reopening.This is asurprising interpretation of the regulations (which say that such stepsmay

betaken,rather thanthat they must be taken), but in the light of the wording in this guidance,

placesof worship areadvised to collect contact details for attendees at community activities,

ensuringthat theinformation is kept and destroyed in line with data protection regulations

(GDPR).

The community centres guidance does not change the lists of activities permitted within a

community centre, but it does note that the list of permitted activities may change from time to

time, or in specific geographical areas, and that it is the responsibility of those responsible for the

centre to ensure that they know what is permitted or not.

A full list of the activities currently(August 27) permitted across Wales can be found on Cytûn's

website: www.cytun.co.uk/hafan/en/covid-19-briefing-paper/

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