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Notice: Cost of Living Support Scheme

Covid-19 Changes

Woman wearing a mask

25 February 2022

Woman wearing a mask
Powys residents are being reminded that changes to where you wear a face mask will come into force from Monday (February 28) and that some restrictions will remain in place.

The changes are part of the Welsh Government's latest review and come as the county continues to see a number of cases of COVID-19. The latest figures indicate there are still around 500 new cases of COVID-19 being recorded each week in Powys.    

Changes to be introduced from February 28

From 28 February adults and children aged 11 and over will no longer be required to wear face coverings in many indoor places, with the exception of health and social care settings; in all retail settings and public transport. 

It remains the case that wearing face coverings is one of many behaviours which can help keep others safe, especially the most vulnerable.

The legal requirement to wear a face covering, unless exempt, will continue to apply to the following indoor public areas:

  • Retail premises (including financial services providers, post offices and shopping centres)
  • Premises of veterinary surgeons and animal grooming services
  • Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off points
  • Estate or letting agents, developer sales offices and show homes
  • Close contact services (hair salons and barbers, nail and beauty salons including tanning and electrolysis services, and body piercing and tattooing services
  • Premises used for the provision of takeaway food
  • Premises used for the provision of medical or health services
  • Premises used for the provision of particular social care services: a care home service, a secure accommodation service [or a residential family centre service] (for the protection of residents, the face covering requirement applies in these premises even when the public do not have access to the premises) and
  • Public transport and taxis

The amendments mean that face covering requirements no longer apply to particular types of premises that are open to the public (for example, leisure and entertainment premises, and visitor attractions).

Face coverings will no longer be routinely recommended in classrooms but as a minimum they should continue to be worn by staff and secondary age learners in communal areas.

If the public health conditions continue to improve, the legal requirement to wear face coverings in all remaining settings could be lifted by the end of March.