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THE CORONAVIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE; PLEASE TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE.

‘If we don’t social distance, we risk a local lockdown’

IF we don’t social distance, we risk going into a local lockdown – that’s the message from south west Wales local authority leaders, the health board and Dyfed-Powys Police.

Partners in the Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion region have joined together to urge people to follow the national advice and take action to protect eachother as positive cases of Covid-19 start to rise again.

They are particularly warning people about the risk of gathering in large groups, attending community events or visiting licensed premises where social distancing measures are not being followed.

Local authority leaders in the area are urging everyone to play their part in keeping their counties and communities safe.

In a joint statement, Leaders Cllr Emlyn Dole of Carmarthenshire, Cllr David Simpson of Pembrokeshire and Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn of Ceredigion, said: “The last thing we want to do is go into a local lockdown, as has already happened elsewhere in Wales. But, if the rising threat and lack of social distancing continues we may have to take necessary action.

“This pandemic is far from over – the virus is still circulating and the risk is still high. People need to respect the measures that are in place and take personal responsibility for social distancing and good hygiene.

“Please help keep the communities of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion safe – we all have to play our part to protect ourselves and eachother.”
Their warning comes after a cluster of positive Covid-19 cases was confirmed in Carmarthenshire, centred around a community event.

The national advice around social distancing remains that people should stay two metres from other people who are not part of their own, or their extended household, when meeting outdoors and in enclosed spaces.

People should avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, and avoid indoor gatherings with friends and family other than people they live with or those in their extended household.

Further measures and information can be found on the Welsh Government website.

Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board, Maria Battle, said: “We have been very fortunate in West Wales in our relatively low infection rates of COVID-19. This was due to the tremendous efforts of the public in following safety guidelines which prevented the spread of this deadly disease.

“Coronavirus has not gone away and remains a very serious illness, especially for the elderly and those with existing medical conditions. I would urge the public to continue to follow health advice to keep us safe, including keeping two metres away from others outside of their household bubble, minimising their contacts where possible, avoiding gatherings of more than 30 people, as well as washing hands regularly, or using a hand sanitizer if hand washing is not possible.

“Maintaining these habits remains absolutely vital in reducing the impact and spread of the pandemic. The public are also a crucial partner in the Test, Trace, Protect strategy. It is only with your support and willingness to report symptoms, identify contacts and follow advice about self-isolating, that we can identify and tackle any new cases and protect each other.”

Amroth and District Good Neighbours is a volunteer organisation set up to help our neighbours in the Amroth area who may be isolated during the Coronavirus outbreak. email: info@amrothgoodneighbours.wales or leave us a message on 01834 855808

Community Hub remains ready to support ahead of pause to shielding

Any Pembrokeshire residents who are shielding and may have concerns about the pausing of shielding in Wales on 16th August are being urged to contact the Pembrokeshire Community Hub.

The Community Hub has been supporting shielding residents and other local people since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and although shielding is being paused during August, the reassuring message is that support will continue.

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has advised that those shielding will no longer need to do so after August 16.

As a result Welsh Government food box deliveries will also end on the same date. Currently more than 1,500 people in Pembrokeshire receive a Welsh Government food box.

The Community Hub – a partnership between Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services, Hywel Dda University Health Board, and Delta Well-being – is ensuring that everyone who is currently shielding is aware of the changes plus the support and advice available.

The Hub has written to all those shielding – more than 5,500 people in Pembrokeshire – about the changes and is making proactive phone calls to those who currently receive food boxes.

The letter acknowledges that the lifting of shielding advice will mean different things for different people and returning to activities such as shopping, seeing people you know and accessing the community may not be straightforward.

Hub calls will discuss future shopping arrangements and chat about how those who have been shielding feel about the possibility of leaving home.

The calls will also enquire about support from family or friends and discuss whether any additional support is required and work with individuals to identify the best solution for them.

The Hub can be contacted on 01437 776301 or by emailing communitycovid19@pembrokeshire.gov.uk.

At present the Community Hub’s hours are Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, and 10am-2pm on Saturday.        

‘Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom

‘For service updates visit: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/emergency-planning/service-changes

‘And to get daily email updates, log onto our website and sign into My Account at:

https://myaccount.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Useful links:

Pembrokeshire Bus Service Changes – 25th July 2020. Information for passengers: There are important safety instructions for passengers to follow when travelling on public transport. These will be communicated via notices displayed on the buses.

  • ONLY TRAVEL IF YOUR JOURNEY IS ESSENTIAL AND YOU HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE
  • Avoid travelling at peak times: 7am – 9:30am and 3pm to 6pm
  • You should NOT travel if you are:
  • experiencing any coronavirus symptoms
  • self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms or sharing a household with somebody with symptoms
  • clinically extremely vulnerable
  • shielding because of your age or a medical condition
  • The advised Social Distancing rules should be adhered to at all times
  • Face coverings are mandatory on public transport and MUST be worn at all times.
  • Wherever possible, AVOID touching any surfaces at bus shelters and within the bus
  • Passengers are advised to wash their hands before and after each journey
  • Please use contactless payment or correct cash change only
  • IF YOU SNEEZE OR COUGH DURING YOUR JOURNEY PLEASE CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT.

Also, I’m aware that Dyfed Powys Police will be deploying additional resources and patrols in accordance with ‘Operation Lion’ targeted at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

KILGETTY SURGERY IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE; PLEASE CONTACT SAUNDERSFOOT MEDICAL CENTRE ON 01834 815115.

FOR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS, TELEPHONE 01834 814334 AND ALLOW 72 HOURS IF POSSIBLE.