Statement from Wales’ Police and Crime Commissioners

The four Welsh Police and Crime Commissioners have issued a joint statement in light of the latest changes in Wales to protect communities from the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

The next few weeks are going to be tough for communities across Wales as we tackle the real threat of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus. Welsh Government have responded swiftly to this and have set out new measures aimed at tackling this latest phase of the pandemic.

As Police and Crime Commissioners we have worked closely with Welsh Government and other public service leaders in our efforts to keep Wales safe. But we all have a responsibility to follow the rules and work together in a spirit of co-operation. People will be working throughout the Christmas and New Year period to keep vital services running and they too have to work with new rules. That applies to police officers, staff and volunteers, all other emergency workers, staff in shops, door and bar staff, taxi drivers, bus drivers and many others as well as NHS and care staff.

Let’s all show solidarity and kindness to people who work tirelessly to keep us safe. So please work with them, show them some understanding and kindness as they continue to do their jobs in incredibly difficult circumstances. Over the last couple of years, we have seen the very best of what can be achieved when we all work together across Wales. As we move towards 2022 and a new wave of the pandemic, let’s continue to strengthen our efforts to keep our families, friends, loved ones and communities across Wales safe.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.