Extra restrictions will help fight ‘second wave’ in North Wales
Four North Wales councils, the Welsh Government and other key partners have agreed to support extra restrictions to help fight coronavirus in the region.
As of Thursday at 6pm, extra restrictions will be introduced in the counties of Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. The restrictions will mean that residents will not be able to travel out of the county in which they live without a valid reason.
By taking early action, partners hope they can slow the upward trend in cases over the past week or so – helping to protect local people from the virus, as well as businesses from more radical lockdown measures further down the line.
The two other North Wales councils – Anglesey and Gwynedd – have lower rates of coronavirus at the moment, but will continue to monitor the situation.
Councillor Sam Rowlands, Leader of Conwy County Borough Council says:
“We all know the figures are going up, so taking early action to control the spread of the virus and to protect people’s health is crucial. By supporting extra measures now, we have a better chance of reversing the trend, keeping people safe.”
Councillor Hugh Evans, OBE Leader of Denbighshire County Council added:
“It makes sense for Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham to act together given the rise in cases. However, it is important to stress that the restrictions will mean that residents will not be able to travel freely between the counties unless they have a valid reason.”
The restrictions which come into effect from 6pm on Thursday will mean that:
- People will not be allowed to enter or leave the county in which they live (Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham) without a reasonable excuse such as travel for work or education;
- People will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors for the time being. They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households (sometimes called a “bubble”).
Residents are also asked to remember to stick to existing guidance, which includes:
- Staying at home if you have Coronavirus symptoms and request a test immediately.
- Working from home wherever you can.
- Avoiding car-sharing.
- Those over 11 must wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and on public transport.
- Covering your mouth whenever you sneeze or cough.
- Keeping your hands clean.
- Hospitality businesses in Wales have to close by 10pm, with table service only, and off-licences and supermarkets having to stop selling alcohol from 10pm.
Councillor Ian Roberts, Leader of Flintshire County Council says:
“We know many businesses will be worried about further restrictions, but by taking these measures now, we hope we can protect them from the need for tighter restrictions in the future. We will continue to work in partnership and lobby Welsh Government for additional support for businesses affected as a result of these stricter regulations.”
Councillor Mark Pritchard Leader of Wrexham County Borough Council concluded: “It’s a balance between people’s health and the economy, and we have to do everything we can to get it right.
“These measures will be kept under constant review as we look to control the spread of the virus in the counties of Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.”
Flintshire County Council's Leader, Councillor Ian Roberts, added:
“We have had no option but to support a pre-emptive ‘strike’ on the transmission of the virus. Our local incidence rate of the growth of the virus has doubled over the past two weeks. It is expected to continue to rise. Unless we take local action then the situation might spiral out of control. We really do understand that this means that everyone has to make sacrifices. We appeal to everyone to be responsible and follow the local restrictions.”
Full details about the restrictions including frequently asked questions will be available on gov.wales/local-lockdown as soon as possible.