Welsh Government and opportunities for our young people

I thank our First Minister Mark Drakeford for his recent response to my representations about the need to provide opportunities for young people. In his replay Mark states:

“This government shares your concerns about protecting a generation from unemployment caused by coronavirus and we are poised to act quickly to support the most vulnerable”.

The First Minister also identifies some of the successful projects pioneered in Merthyr Tydfil e.g. the Aspire apprentice scheme as foundations on which further opportunities can be developed.

I am pleased that the Welsh and UK Governments are thinking about the next generation and here in Wales we have a god track record on which we can build further.

Read Mark’s reponse to me here

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International Travel Regulations

 

 

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International Travel Regulations

DATE 9 July 2020
BY The First Minister

Llywydd, at the request of the UK Government the Welsh Government has agreed to amend The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Wales) Regulations 2020 to exempt travellers from a list of countries from the quarantine requirements put in place by the regulations.  The original regulations were made on 5 June and came into force on 8 June; the amended regulations will come into force on 10 July.  As a result of the amended regulations travellers arriving in Wales from countries listed below will no longer be required to isolate for a quarantine period.

The travel regulations require passengers arriving in Wales from outside of the Common Travel Area, or where they have been outside of the Common Travel Area in the past 14 days, to provide their contact details and travel information and to isolate themselves for a period of 14 days. The Regulations contain a number of exemptions for specified categories of people – such as air flight crew, for example.  The amendments agreed now exempt travellers from the countries listed.

We are also taking the opportunity to amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Public Health Information for Persons Travelling to Wales etc.) Regulations 2020 to provide flexibility in how the public health statement delivered to passengers on-board aircraft may be delivered. We are harmonising this statement with that given on behalf of the other UK countries.

Llywydd, responsibility for managing UK borders rests with the UK Government.  The Welsh Government has, throughout this process, aimed to be constructive in enabling the UK Government achieve its policy objective.  The UK Government has shared its methodology with us and this has been reviewed by the Chief Medical Officer.

Below is the list of exempt countries included in the Regulations.

Andorra

Antigua and Barbuda

Aruba

Australia

Austria

The Bahamas

Barbados

Belgium

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Croatia

Curacao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Dominica

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

France

French Polynesia

Germany

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

The Republic of Korea

La Reunion

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macau

Malta

Mauritius

Monaco

Netherlands

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

San Marino

Serbia

Seychelles

Spain

Saint Barthelemy

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Switzerland

Taiwan

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Vatican City

Vietnam

 

 

United Kingdom Overseas Territories

 

The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in the Island of Cyprus

Anguilla

Bermuda

British Antarctic Territory

British Indian Ocean Territory

British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands

Falkland Islands

Gibraltar

Montserrat

Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Turks and Caicos Islands

 

 

 

#WorldUpsideDown

This week I am pleased to highlight the work of RNIB Cymru who want us to be aware of the challenges facing blind and partially sighted people at this time. We are asked to be patient as they may not find it as easy to follow the social distancing rules as others.

 

Remember that for some family, friends and neighbours the world may seem upside down.

If you want to learn more you can take RNIB Quiz – link here