Responding to the First Minister for Wales’ announcement of extended households, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“This period of isolation has been incredibly difficult for families up and down Wales. Many people have suffered to get to where we are today in order to protect vulnerable people from the virus, and the NHS and social care from exceeding capacity.
“We therefore welcome the announcement of extended households by the First Minister for Wales. It will be integral that while we continue to fight the direct consequences of the virus, we also mitigate and monitor the negative consequences as well.
“Extended households should have a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of many people in Wales.
"However, we cannot be complacent. The efforts of our key workers and the public have been nothing short of astonishing. Let’s not go backwards now. If we continue to observe the guidelines, we will see more of a return to normal and that is something we all long for in Wales.
“This Sunday, the NHS celebrates its 72nd anniversary and we would like to thank not just our NHS staff, who have shown immense courage and dedication, but every volunteer, unpaid carer and key worker who has helped us over the last few months. We also need to remember those who have tragically lost their lives throughout the pandemic, our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected.”