Travelling Ahead : A Welsh project working with young people from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Corona Virus – advice and support

Corona Virus – advice and support

Winning picture by Megan

Winning picture by Megan

Corona Virus – COVID-19 

This page contains information and advice for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Wales.

If you need any help, advice or support linked to the Corona Virus please call our FREEPHONE 0808 802 0025 and leave a message  – our offices are closed  but we are all still working  and one of the team will ring you back.  

Read the Travellers Times Special Edition for Wales on the Corona Virus HERE

Corona Virus rules in Wales are different to the rest of the UK.

From 12 April you must:
• Follow social distancing rules with people you don’t live with or who are not in your support bubble
• Wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places
• Not create an extended household (some people may be able to form a support bubble with one other household)
• Meet only the people you live with or your support bubble indoors
• Limit the number of people you meet socially (a maximum of 6 people from 2 households can meet outdoors including in private gardens)
• Not travel abroad without reasonable excuse


What can open:
• Schools, colleges and childcare providers (informal childcare should be essential only)
• Higher education institutions (mix of in-person and remote learning)
• Places of worship
• Community centres – limited opening (for example, for essential public services)
• Crematoriums
• Playgrounds and public parks
• Weddings, in venues that are allowed to be open, and funerals (ceremony limit set by venue)
• Wedding venue viewings for prospective clients
• Outdoor sports courts and courses
• Close contact services (such as hair salons, beauty salons and tattoo shops)
• All retail
• Libraries
• Some outdoor visitor attractions
• Self-contained accommodation
• Organised outdoor activities for the development and wellbeing of children


What cannot open
• Venues for events and conferences
• Theatres and concert halls
• Indoor and the majority of outdoor visitor attractions
• Entertainment venue
• Wedding reception or wake
• Indoor leisure and fitness facilities
• Hospitality (except for takeaway and delivery)
• Licensed premises, takeaway and delivery only between 6am and 10pm
• Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues



Don’t forget:

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has:

– a high temperature

– a new, continuous cough

– loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you have symptoms get a test by ringing 119 or you can book online here 

We can help you book a test if you are unsure: ring us on 0808 802 0024

• Read all the Welsh Government Coronavirus (Covid 19) Guide here


Click HERE to read or listen to some Corona Virus advice from Friends, Families and Travellers especially if you live on a site or roadside.

Read down for Welsh Government’s  guidance to councils to support Gypsy & Traveller families on sites and if you are travelling.

This video gives some basic advice in a film made by London Gypsies and Travellers


**COVID-19 IMPORTANT INFORMATION**Keep yourself and your family safe!More info on

Posted by London Gypsies and Travellers (UK Registered Charity) on Wednesday, 18 March 2020


Travelling Ahead has two new Facebook Community Groups to provide information and support at this time

Travelling Ahead West Wales 

Travelling Ahead EU Citizens Information Group – information in community languages


Welsh Government has sent out new advice to councils across Wales to make sure Gypsy and Traveller families on sites or roadside are supported while the Covid-19 pandemic is on:

  • This includes making sure families on sites have support – no one should be evicted at this time
  • Support and advice to keep well and help if anyone gets ill and can’t go out to get electric top up, shopping or to buy essentials
  • If you are roadside or travelling the council should make sure you have got services like toilets and washing facilities and you can stay in one place to keep safe if you need to
  • You can read this Welsh guidance here or call us on our Freephone 0808 802 0025 if you have any questions or need help to talk to the council in your area


Money worries 

Corona virus has made things  difficult for everyone – you may be entitled to help and support with rent, bills, benefits even if you are normally self employed and emergency payments  –  get in touch with us  – we can help  – its always confidential 0808 802 0025

Coronavirus – check what benefits you can get because of coronavirus


Other advice on Covid 19 – Corona Virus

Click HERE for more advice from FFT if you are vulnerable and need to ‘shield’

Travellers’ Times have produced lots of videos to answer questions and worries about Corona Virus or Covid-19 – you can see them HERE

Traveller Movement has put together these useful fact sheets during Covid-19:

Information to contact people in prison 


Domestic Abuse Support 


If you are looking for information helpful for Roma communities in different languages have a look at our page here ( Link EUSS Covid page )





You can find Covid 19 guidance translated into over 60 different languages here