Coronavirus laws are being tightened in Rhondda Cynon Taf Council area following a sharp increase in cases of the virus, Health Minister Vaughan Gething has confirmed.
A range of new measures will come into force from 6pm on Thursday 17th September 2020, to protect people’s health and control the spread of the virus in the area.
- people will not be allowed to enter or leave the Rhondda Cynon Taf Council area without a reasonable excuse
- everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public areas – as is the case across Wales
- 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
- all licensed premises will have to close at 11pm
The new restrictions will apply to everyone living within the Rhondda Cynon Taf area.
The restrictions are being introduced following a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases in coronavirus, which have been linked to people meeting indoors, not following social distancing guidelines and returning from summer holidays overseas.
They will be kept under regular review but if cases do not fall, the Welsh Government, working with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Public Health Wales, will consider further measures.
Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, said:
We have seen a rapid rise in cases in Rhondda Cynon Taf in a very short space of time, linked to people socialising indoors and not following social distancing guidelines.
We now have evidence of wider community transmission in the borough, which means we need to take urgent action to control and, ultimately, reduce the spread of the virus and protect people’s health.
We need the help of everyone across Wales to prevent the increasing and onward spread of coronavirus. We can bring coronavirus under control if everyone pulls together and follows the rules we have put in place. They are there to protect you, your family, and your community.
Coronavirus has not gone away. It is still circulating in communities across Wales. Its vital people stick to the rules.”
The very latest figures show the rolling seven-day new case rate is 82.1 per 100,000 people in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Yesterday, the testing positivity rate was 4.3% – this is the highest positivity rate in Wales.
Contact tracing teams have been able to trace about half of the cases back to a series of clusters in the borough. The rest are linked to community transmission.
There are a number of clusters in Rhondda Cynon Taf – two of which are significant. One is associated with a rugby club and pub in the lower Rhondda and the other with a club outing to the Doncaster races, which stopped off at a series of pubs on the way.
The new measures will be kept under regular review and enforcement of the new restrictions will be undertaken by the local authority and by the police.
To Keep Wales safe:
- always observe social distancing
- wash your hands regularly
- if you meet another household, outside your extended household, stay outdoors
- work from home if you can
- stay at home if you or anyone in your extended household has symptoms.