Roadmap on the way forwards
The Welsh Government has published two important documents today.
In “Unlocking our society and economy: Wales’ roadmap” the Welsh Government has set out a traffic light roadmap setting out how Wales could exit the lockdown. It is a framework of the issues which will be considered in order to decide when and how we can move forwards in the work to defeat the virus.
You can read the document in full here: 40664_unlocking our society and economy_en
The Welsh Education Minister has also published the framework for thinking on return to schools.
Frameworks for more detailed work
Both the overall strategy for Wales, and the document on schools, make clear the range of detailed considerations and discussions that are required across our communities in order to maintain our fight against the virus. As I have said before this is not an “on or off” switch.
We need to have the conversation about the next steps we can take, see if it works, and be ready to slow down or reverse if the virus starts to spread in a risky manner. It is likely that a successful vaccine remains the key and that could be some time away.
The Welsh Government is clear that it will not set arbitrary dates for specific decisions but that the timeline should be decided by the progress made in tackling the virus.
Consultation and Conversations
As the detailed conversations start the Welsh Government will next consult on guidance across a range of different activities:
- The workplace
- Public transport
- Schools, childcare, further education and other public services
- Higher education
- Culture and tourism
- Sport, recreation and leisure
- Housing and construction