Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus firebreak October 2020

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 WalesGov.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 info@newport.gov.uk.


Coronavirus firebreak information 

6pm, Friday 23 October - 9 November 2020

Welsh Government coronavirus firebreak regulations come into effect at 6pm, Friday 23 October.

The main features are:

  • People must stay at home, except for very limited purposes, such as for exercise
  • People must work from home wherever possible
  • People must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with either indoors and outdoors
  • No gatherings will be allowed outdoors, such as Halloween or fireworks/Bonfire night or other organised activities
  • All non-food retail, hospitality businesses, including cafes, restaurants and pubs (unless they provide take-away or delivery services), close contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, and events and tourism businesses, such as hotels must close
  • Community centres, libraries and recycling centres will be required to close
  • Face coverings must be worn in indoor public spaces, which remain open, including on public transport and in taxis.

Free school meals: food vouchers for October half-term week will be issued Thursday 22 October 2020.

We are liaising with suppliers to finalise distribution dates for vouchers for Year 9 pupils and above for the following week.

Key council services continue to be delivered, we will publish details of any changes. 

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.

Public meetings

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.

Other information

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)