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His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 10 June 1921 to 9 April 2021

Read about the arrangements following The Duke of Edinburgh’s death

Present

  • Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford MS (Chair)
  • Rebecca Evans MS
  • Vaughan Gething MS
  • Lesley Griffiths MS
  • Julie James MS
  • Eluned Morgan MS
  • Ken Skates MS
  • Kirsty Williams MS
  • Jeremy Miles MS
  • Hannah Blythyn MS
  • Jane Hutt MS
  • Julie Morgan MS
  • Dafydd Elis Thomas MS
  • Lee Waters MS

Officials

  • Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary
  • Des Clifford, Director General Office of the First Minister
  • Carys Evans, Principal Private Secretary First Minister
  • Will Whiteley, Deputy Director, Cabinet Division
  • Toby Mason, Head of Strategic Communications
  • Jane Runeckles, Special Adviser
  • Madeleine Brindley, Special Adviser
  • Alex Bevan, Special Adviser
  • Ian Butler, Special Adviser
  • Kate Edmunds, Special Adviser
  • Sarah Faye, Special Adviser
  • Paul Griffiths, Special Adviser
  • Clare Jenkins, Special Adviser
  • Andrew Johnson, Special Adviser
  • Gareth Williams, Special Adviser
  • Mitch Theaker, Special Adviser
  • Tom Woodward, Special Adviser
  • Christopher W Morgan (minutes)
  • Damian Roche, Cabinet Secretariat
  • Jonathan Scourfield, Specialist Policy Adviser
  • Dewi Knight, Specialist Adviser for Education Reform
  • Tracey Burke, Director General, Education and Public Services
  • Andrew Goodall, Director General, Health
  • Andrew Slade, Director General ESNR
  • Reg Kilpatrick, Director General COVID-19 Crisis Coordination
  • Rob Orford, Chief Scientific Adviser for Health  
  • Dylan Hughes, First Legislative Counsel
  • Helen Lentle, Director Legal Services
  • Emma Watkins, Deputy Director Economic Policy
  • Tom Smithson, Deputy Director Restart
  • Liz Lalley, Deputy Director Recovery  
  • Terry Kowal, Senior Legislative Counsel
  • Neil Buffin, Senior Lawyer
  • Peter Jones, CMOs office
  • Craiger Solomons, COVID Technical Advisory Cell

Item 1: COVID-19 travel restrictions

  1. The First Minister advised Ministers that the purpose of the meeting was to consider whether travel restrictions should remain in place, and if so, the nature of such constraints.
  1. Any restrictions relating to COVID-19 would be for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence, spread of infection or contamination. There must be a threat to public health and the restrictions had to be proportionate in what they were intending to achieve.
  1. The paper highlighted that the current Regulations placed restrictions on entering and leaving Wales, without a reasonable excuse, whilst allowing travel throughout Wales without any specific restriction. The justification for the restrictions on leaving or entering Wales was based predominantly on upward trends throughout the United Kingdom as well as the fact that there had been national restrictions in England. Travel between high and low incidence areas within Wales without restriction was permitted on the basis that the whole country had emerged from the Firebreak, and the evidence pointed towards the virus being seeded throughout the country, which made travel less significant in terms of virus transmission.
  1. Evidence supported the policy assumption that international and domestic travel facilitated the spread of coronavirus, in particular the risk of new infections being seeded in areas of low-transmission.
  1. Travel restrictions were part of an overall package of mitigations to reduce rates of community transmission and help lower the risk of exporting and importing cases from areas of high prevalence.
  1. Therefore, it was proposed to restrict, by regulation, travel to and from areas at the equivalent to Tier 3 in England and Level 3 and above in Scotland and to seek to reduce, through advice in guidance, travel to and from Tier 2 / Level 2 regions or lower because of the risk of seeding the virus in those areas. Travellers would need to be aware of and follow any legal restrictions in the country and area to which they were travelling. 
  1. In addition, international travel restrictions would continue, but it was recommended that the enforcement of quarantine mechanisms options should be explored to ascertain whether it was possible to allow for more international travel.
  1. Cabinet agreed the travel restrictions set out in the paper.
  1. Ministers noted the timing of the regulations for the December restrictions, as outlined in the paper, and noted that the guidance would be published in advance of the legislation coming into force.

Item 2: Any other business

  1. It was reported that the Government would be tabling a ‘take note’ motion for debate the following Tuesday, which would enable the Senedd to vote on the First Minister’s statement on the new national measures to protect public health and reduce the spread of coronavirus, in advance of the debate on the Regulations the following week.
  1. Cabinet noted that a Written Statement outlining COVID-19 vaccine deployment in Wales had been issued earlier that day.
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