Restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus and protect public health in Caerphilly County Borough.
Following a sharp increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the Caerphilly County Borough Council area, new rules have been introduced to reduce the spread of the virus and protect public health.
They impose restrictions in the area that are stricter than the rest of Wales.
The restrictions came into force at 6pm on 8 September 2020 and will be kept under review.
They apply to everyone living or working in the Caerphilly County Borough Council area and to people who may want to visit the area:
- People will not be allowed to enter or leave the Caerphilly County Borough Council area without a reasonable excuse.
- Everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in indoor places, which are open to the public, such as shops, as well as on public transport. (There are some limited exemptions for people with disabilities and medical conditions – these are the same as for public transport).
- People will only be able to meet outdoors for the time being. People will not be able to meet members of their extended household indoors or form an extended household (sometimes known as a “bubble”).
This means meeting indoors (in people’s houses, in a pub or elsewhere) with anyone you don’t live with is not allowed at the moment unless you have a good reason, such as providing care to a vulnerable person.
Check whether you live in Caerphilly County Borough Council area:
If you live in the Caerphilly County Borough area, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus you should not:
- Host people from any other households in your home
- Visit people you do not live with in their home, no matter where that is.
- Meet anyone from outside your own household in any indoor hospitality setting, such as pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants.
This is because extended households (or “bubbles”) are not allowed for people living in the area for the time being.
But you can meet people outdoors, for example, in gardens or public outdoor areas, but it is important you maintain a 2 metre distance at all times to protect yourself and others.
Everyone over the age of 11 must wear face coverings while in shops and any other indoor public place, unless they are eating or drinking there. This is in addition to the legal requirement that already applies (across Wales) to wear face coverings on public transport.
There are some limited exceptions to this requirement, which are the same as the rules for wearing face coverings on public transport.
Business and other venues
Businesses in Caerphilly County Borough area remain open but all reasonable measures must be taken to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus in the workplace.
Children whose parents do not live in the same home can continue to move between homes, whether inside or outside the affected area.
A parent includes a person who has parental responsibilities for, or cares for a child.
You should not visit or meet anyone who is not part of your household (i.e. you do not live with them) indoors. This includes in places such as pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.
The rules allowing people to form an extended household have been suspended for the time being in Caerphilly County Borough area to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect people’s health. This means you should not meet people from your existing extended household indoors for the time being.
This will help to protect you and your loved ones from the risk of coronavirus.
Care and support
People who are providing care or essential support, such as delivering shopping, can continue to make visits, but they should pay attention to all hygiene and social distancing precautions.
Regulated care providers can still enter a home to provide health and social care to those who need it.
These visits should be subject to a risk assessment as well as ensuring that social distancing. It may be appropriate for face coverings to be worn.
Formal and informal childcare arrangements can continue if this is necessary, but informal unregulated childcare should only be used when no other methods are available. Adults should not go inside any households other than their own.
Travel to and from Caerphilly
The travel restrictions mean people cannot enter or leave Caerphilly County Borough area without a reasonable excuse – this includes travelling to work, if you are unable to work from home; travelling to and from school if it is outside the borough or making a compassionate visit to a loved one or to give care.
Those living in the Caerphilly County Borough area should not leave the area to do anything they could be reasonably expected to be able to do within the area. Similarly, those living outside the area should not enter the area to do anything they could be reasonably be expected to be able to do outside the area.
People who live in the Caerphilly County Borough area must work from home unless it not reasonably practicable to do so.
If you are unable to work from home, you should maintain the physical distancing rules at your workplace – these are in place for all workplaces in Wales. This includes keeping 2m apart and washing your hands regularly. Your employer is obliged to do whatever they reasonably can to keep you and others safe.
People previously advised to shield
Shielding in Wales was paused on 16 August and is not being re-instated at this time.
If you were previously shielding you should strictly follow physical distancing and hygiene measures. You may also want to think about the levels of risk associated with work and daily activities.
We will write directly to everyone who was previously asked to shield in this area if this changes and we need to ask you to shield again.
Schools and education
Schools and early learning or childcare settings are not affected by these measures and remain open.
Indoor visits to hospitals should be limited to protect the most vulnerable. Please follow the hospital visiting guidelines, which are in place.
Visits to hospitals in affected areas and by residents living in affected areas to other hospitals, is restricted to essential visits only. Visits are limited to:
- a birth partner during childbirth
- for a person receiving end-of-life care
- supporting someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed
- accompanying a child in hospital
Care home visiting
Local authorities in Wales are responsible for determining the approach to care home visits in areas where there are local restrictions. Likewise individual providers will need to ensure they are able to support visits safely. Local authorities and care homes may have suspended routine indoor visits. Some may be continuing to support outdoor visits. We recommend checking with the relevant care home.
Even when restrictions have been placed on routine indoor visits, we are asking both local authorities and care home providers to ensure that appropriate and sensitive arrangements are made to support indoor visits in exceptional circumstances such as end of life visits. This should be discussed and agreed with the individual care home in advance prior to travel.
You should not cross into or out of an area with local restrictions to make a routine visit to a care home. However, you could do so in the exceptional circumstances set out above, or on other compassionate grounds.
Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality settings
Hospitality businesses, such as pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants, in the Caerphilly County Borough area will remain open for now, but this is being kept under review.
You are not allowed to meet people outside your household in a café, pub, bar or restaurant – this was already the legal position, except that meeting people from an extended household was allowed.
Places of worship, marriages, civil partnerships and funerals
At this stage no changes have been made to the operation of places of worship.
Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies and small receptions can take place in the Caerphilly County Borough area, but guests from outside the area are not permitted to attend the reception.
Those living in the area can leave the area if invited to attend a wedding ceremony outside the area but not to attend the wedding reception.
Those living within the Caerphilly County Borough area can attend a funeral and a small wake in the area, and leave the area to attend a funeral but not the wake. Similarly those from outside the area can attend a funeral in the area, but not the wake.
Tradespeople and mobile services
Workers can continue to go into a person’s home to carry out work, such as repairs, installations and deliveries.
Such visits should be subject to a risk assessment, as well as ensuring social distancing and hand hygiene is followed at all times. It may also be appropriate for a face covering to be worn.