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Council urges residents to do all they can to keep Covid-19 cases low as restrictions ease

PEOPLE in Carmarthenshire are being urged to continue taking extra care in the fight against Coronavirus as Wales prepares for further easing of restrictions.

Welsh Government has today confirmed that further relaxations will be brought forward meaning we will be in alert level three by May 3.

The case rate in Carmarthenshire is currently low, 6.4 per 100,000 people (as at 9am on 21/04/21) – well below the Welsh national average which is an encouraging sign that things are improving.

However with some services such as tourism and retail already open, and with outdoor hospitality re-opening from Monday, Carmarthenshire County Council is appealing to people to continue following the advice around social distancing, wearing a face covering and good hand hygiene.

The council is asking that people continue to do everything possible to protect one another and ensure case numbers stay low.

The council has been busy supporting businesses as restrictions are eased providing advice and support around safety measures and helping some to set up outdoor space with appropriate permits and licensing.

Teams will continue offering advice and support and will be visiting as many business premises as possible over the coming weeks to ensure appropriate measures are in place to protect staff and customers.

They will also be supporting local communities, ensuring measures are taken to avoid any impact on residents living in popular tourist areas and those who neighbour establishments where outdoor space has been created for customers.

The vaccination programme continues to roll out at pace across Carmarthenshire, with over half of the county’s population now having received their first dose which offers enhanced protection against Covid-19, and almost 17 per cent fully vaccinated.

However, the vaccination programme has not yet been widely rolled out to those aged under 40 and those who are yet to be vaccinated remain at risk – as such they are being urged to take particular care when meeting up with others.

Guidance and advice for residents and businesses can be found at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales.

Easements announced April 23, 2021

From Saturday April 24:

The rule of six will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.

From Monday April 26:

Outdoor hospitality can resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants
Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen
Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place
Wedding receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people

From Monday May 3:

Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen
People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household
Resumption of indoor supervised activities for children
Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons)
Re-opening of community centres

Full details can be found on the Welsh Government website

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