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.
Update 2 December: Covid-19 Vaccine
40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have been secured by the UK Government on behalf of the UK. Wales, like the other UK nations will now begin to receive its share.
The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have operational plans in place and are ready to begin vaccinations, however they are currently awaiting national guidance on the deployment of the vaccine locally, which will be available in a matter of days.
The vaccine is likely to be in limited supply initially and due to this groups of people have been identified in a priority order to receive the vaccine. Further information about priority groups can be found here.
Read the full statement from Welsh Goverment here.
Update 1 December: national restrictions
- Stay out of each other’s homes, except in very limited circumstances
- Groups of four people are able to meet in indoor public spaces, such as pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes.
- All hospitality settings, including restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars can open indoors and outdoors for the consumption of food and non-alcoholic drinks and must close by 18:00. Alcoholic drinks cannot be served or consumed at any time within these premises.
- Restrictions don’t permit any cross border travel without a reasonable excuse and to take a holiday is not currently considered a reasonable excuse.
- View Welsh Goverment post firebreak FAQs
Key council services continue to be delivered, we will publish details of any changes.
Update 16 November: self-isolation payment
You could get a payment of £500 to help with loss of earnings if you’ve been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace on or after 23 October 2020 and you cannot work from home, read about and apply for the COVID-19 self-isolation payment.
Update 10 November: school exams 2021
Education Minister Kirsty Williams confirmed Wales’ approach for qualifications in 2021 and her decision that there will be no end of year exams for learners taking GCSEs, AS levels or A levels.
- in place of exams, the Welsh Government intends to work with schools and colleges to take forward teacher-managed assessments,
- this should include assessments that will be externally set and marked but delivered within a classroom environment under teacher supervision
- it is expected that this work will form the basis for centre-based outcomes which will be linked to an agreed national approach to provide consistency across Wales
Read the Education Minister's statement
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.
Statement from Gwent Local Resilience Forum
Joint statement by Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James, and leader of the Welsh Local Government Association, Cllr Andrew Morgan (19/03/20)