Responding to the publication of Leading Wales out of the coronavirus pandemic, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots CBE, said:
“I welcome the publication of the Welsh Government’s framework for recovery and the approach taken to be open and to engage closely with the Welsh public.
“It is important that decisions on changes to restrictions are based on comprehensive evidence and data but should also take into account the voices and experiences of older people and the rest of society.
“I particularly welcome the document’s focus on ensuring that any changes made to restrictions should have a positive impact on equality and avoid detrimental impact to vulnerable or marginalised groups.
“I am clear that any actions taken by the Welsh Government to loosen the restrictions should not have a disproportionate impact on older people and should ensure that their human rights are respected and upheld.
“I will continue to monitor and scrutinise the Welsh Government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak to ensure that older people’s rights are protected and that they can receive the help and support they need to stay well.”