Newport City Council is following and implementing best practice as advised by the government and Public Health Wales.
In general, critical council services will be prioritised and regular information about changes to services will appear here.
You can find up-to-date information and advice from Public Health Wales, Gov.Wales, Gov.UK and the NHS.
Our contact centre is open for calls Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, the Information Station is closed until further notice.
Please use our online forms to report or request council services.
Make a general COVID-19 related enquiry online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easing of restrictions
Welsh Government has announced a number of changes to restrictions as we move gradually out of lockdown.
Recent and upcoming changes
From Monday 12 April
- The full return of children to schools for face-to-face education, all post-16 learners will return to further education and training centres, and university campus’ will be able to open for blended face-to-face/online learning for all students;
- All remaining shops will reopen, completing the phased reopening of non-essential retail;
- All remaining close contact services will open, including mobile services;
- Travel restrictions on traveling into and out of Wales will be lifted. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area without a reasonable excuse, remain in place. The Common Travel Area means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland;
- Wedding ‘show-arounds’ by appointment are allowed;
- Restrictions on political canvassing are removed, subject to canvassers doing so safely.
From 27 March
Stay local restrictions will be lifted
Self-contained accommodation can re-open
Outdoor children’s activities can take place
Libraries and archive services can re-open
6 people from 2 households can meet outdoors, socially distanced.
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From 15 March
All primary pupils and those in qualifications years will return to education settings. Schools will have the flexibility to bring in year 10 and 12 pupils, to support them to progress to the next stage of their learning, and more learners will return to colleges. There will also be flexibility for in-school check-ins for all other pupils. All learners will return after the Easter break.
Hairdressers and barbers can reopen for appointments.
From 13 March
Stay at home restrictions will be lifted. People will be permitted to travel within their local area.
People can meet family and friends who live locally as long as it is outdoors (including private gardens). A maximum of 4 people from 2 households (excluding any carers or children aged under 11 from either household) can meet, socially distanced.
Outdoor sports courts, including golf courses can reopen.
Indoor care home visits can begin again with a single designated visitor.
Update 17 February - Self isolation Support Payment eligibility widened
More people will now be eligible to apply for the £500 Self-Isolation Support Payment. The scheme, which has been extended until June 2021, will now be open to applications from people with a personal income of less than £500 per week and those on Basic Statutory Sick Pay who have been asked to self-isolate by Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) service, the NHS Covid-19 App or by their child’s education setting. Find out more and apply here.
COVID-19 has changed our lives in many ways, making that extra bit of help more important than ever. Many people are unaware they may be entitled to benefits that could offer them the support they need. Find out more.
Find Newport testing centres and book a test here.
Self-isolation and quarantine
As of Thursday 10 December the time people have to self-isolate for coronavirus has reduced from 14 days to 10 in Wales.
If you're a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you must self-isolate immediately and book a test.
A COVID-19 vaccine roll-out has begun in Wales. A safe and effective vaccine will offer individual protection from COVID-19, as well as greater protection for our loved ones and communities.
Find out more
You could get a payment of £500 to help with loss of earnings if you or a child you care for has been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS Covid-19 app and you cannot work from home, read about and apply for the COVID-19 self-isolation payment.
Newport's Strategic Recovery
Our strategic recovery aims outline how we will continue to build a better Newport by protecting lives, supporting our communities and the vulnerable, reducing inequalities and rebuilding our economy.
View the calendar of council meetings
In line with public health measures to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and to enable the council to focus on the delivery of critical services for the vulnerable, all public meetings were suspended in March and non-essential meetings cancelled.
Urgent decisions continue to be made in accordance with the officer and members schemes of delegation detailed in the council’s Constitution and urgent decision-making procedures.
Emergency powers legislation from both Westminster and the Welsh Government suspends certain statutory duties and timescales during this emergency period. This removed the need for an Annual General Meeting in May and permitted the continuance of existing appointments.