Reminder on latest changes to coronavirus rules

copyright Lisa Baker 2021

Residents of Bridgend County Borough are being reminded that a number of Covid-19 restrictions have now been relaxed.

Face coverings are no longer required in retail settings or on public transport, but continue to be a legal requirement in health and social care settings.

People can now only access lateral flow tests if they have symptoms of Covid-19 – you can do this online or by calling 119.

While a £500 self-isolation support payment will continue to be available until June, you are no longer legally required to self-isolate – but it is still strongly advised.

Unvaccinated close contacts will no longer be required or advised to self-isolate.

Testing sites have now closed, and regular asymptomatic testing in workplaces has ended for all but health and social care staff.

From 1 April, only people eligible for Covid-19 treatments will be able to order PCR tests to be completed at home.

Health, social care and special school staff will still be able to access PCR tests if they have symptoms or if they are a household contact – you can arrange this by contacting the local health board.

From 8 April, regular asymptomatic testing in childcare and education settings, except special education provision, will stop at the end of term.

A walk-in clinic for those who are eligible for either their first, second or third Covid-19 vaccination will be available at Ravens Court (CF31 4AP) between 9.30am-6pm.


To check eligibility requirements and vaccination clinic updates, visit

For more information on self-isolation and testing updates visit