Covid-19 briefing note

Key messages

As we come to the end of the first week of the firebreak lockdown in Wales, here’s a quick reminder about some of the key things you need to know in Wrexham.

What we all need to do until November 9

The lockdown will end on Monday, November 9. Until then, the basic message is simple. Stay at home.

This means you should:

  • Work from home wherever possible. The only exceptions will be jobs where this just isn’t possible.
  • Only leave home to exercise, or for essential purposes like shopping or medicine.
  • Avoid gatherings with people you don’t live with – either indoors or outdoors. Although if you live alone or you’re a single parent, you can link-up with one other household for support.

Read the Welsh Government FAQs for more info about lockdown restrictions.

Read last week’s briefing note for info about local services and facilities closed during the lockdown.

Free school meals payments to cover half-term

If your children qualify for free school meals and you’ve received a direct payment from us before, you should have received a payment in the past few days.

This was to cover the first week of the half-term holiday.

If your children are at home for a second week (years 9, 10 and 11 of secondary school), we’ll make a second payment to your bank account on November 2.

And remember…if your children have to isolate for 10 days at any point, please don’t worry. We’ll make payments to your bank account to cover the isolation period.

This will help you provide meals for your children while they’re at home.

If you have any questions or need any help, please get in touch.

Wrexham to support UK trial for Covid-19 vaccine

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Public Health Wales are looking for volunteers to participate in a clinical trial studying an investigational vaccine against Covid-19.

The vaccine has recently completed preliminary testing in humans, showing promising initial results on antibody levels in healthy volunteers and no serious safety concerns identified to date.

The vaccine now requires testing on a large scale and a study involving 9,000 people in around 18 regions across the UK is starting. The aim is to recruit volunteers aged 18-84 who live within a 30 mile radius of Wrexham.


Protect the people you love. Download the Covid-19 NHS app.

Halloween at home – respect, protect and enjoy

We’re supporting North Wales Police as they ask people to celebrate Halloween at home this year.

Carving pumpkins, craft activities and creating spooky trails around your house or garden are all ways to celebrate Halloween at home with younger children.

North Wales Police has also come up with lots of downloadable fun activities.


Former police station demolition

Many of you have been wondering when and how the former police station on Powell Road will be demolished to make way for a new supermarket.

The building will be brought down by a controlled explosion this weekend, but due to coronavirus restrictions, we’re asking people to stay away and watch the event online.


Have you had your flu-jab yet?

We’re joining with Public Health Wales to urge anyone eligible to have their free flu vaccine.

Those who qualify include people with long term health conditions, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, children aged two to 10 years, carers and care-home staff with regular client contact, and care home residents.


Keep Wrexham safe this Bonfire Night

North Wales Fire Service is asking everyone to think how they can keep Wales safe this Bonfire Night and not spread coronavirus.

There should be no organised public bonfires or firework displays this year. And although you can buy fireworks for use in your garden, remember that fireworks are dangerous, and the added risk of coronavirus means you should think very carefully.


Remembrance Sunday – please remember from home

People in Wrexham are being encouraged to mark Remembrance Sunday from home this year.

We’re encouraging you to take part in a two-minute silence from your doorstep at 11am on Sunday, November 8, and to watch the commemorations online or on the television.


Covid-19 stats for where you live

Remember that you can now find more localised Covid-19 statistics for where you live.

The Public Health Wales dashboard breaks down the overall figures for Wrexham into smaller areas…for example Acton and Maesydre, Gresford, Marford and Rossett, Ruabon and Marchwiel.

Visit the dashboard, click on the tab that says ‘Cases by MSOA’ and use the ‘Local Authority’ drop-down box on the right to select Wrexham.

Download the Covid-19 NHS app…and help keep Wrexham safe this autumn.