Caution urged as Gwynedd carefully reopens

Date: 06/07/2020

Gwynedd Council is urging the county’s communities and businesses to continue to follow social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.


The call follows the First Minister's announcement of changes to Coronavirus regulations which include the end of the five-mile travel rule.


Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, Leader of Gwynedd Council, said:


“I would like to thank the people of Gwynedd for their effort and sacrifice during the lockdown period. Their willingness to follow the rules has undoubtedly helped prevent the spread of the virus and keep our communities safe.


"The Welsh Government – based on the guidance of its scientists - now considers that the public health risk of Covid-19 has been reduced. They have therefore decided that the time is right to allow more sectors of the economy to reopen and to allow people to travel more than five miles.


“It is clearly a fine balance for the government between the protection of public health and the far-reaching economic and social implications.


“We know that many businesses and families will welcome this relaxation, for the benefit of the economy and community well-being while others will naturally be concerned. It is important that we respect both perspectives and do everything we can to keep the people of Gwynedd safe while helping businesses adapt to the new arrangements.”


As private businesses and public services gradually re-open and re-establish, Gwynedd Council is asking everyone to continue to behave in a responsible way.


In particular, the Council calls on locals and visitors alike to:


• Keep a distance of two metres from others;

• Continue to wash hands frequently and thoroughly;

• To be patient and respect Welsh Government rules.


Alongside this, the Council will continue to offer advice and support to county businesses to:


• Put the necessary arrangements in place to protect customers and staff;

• Keep the two metres between them and other customers and staff;

• Adhere to the highest standard of cleanliness.


Dilwyn Williams, Gwynedd Council's Chief Executive, said:


“While it is of course the decision of the Welsh Government to relax the Covid-19 regulations, as a Council we are confident that our arrangements to continue to protect our communities are robust.


"The Test-Trace-Protect system operated by the Council locally identifies anyone who has a positive test, finds those who have been in contact with them and instructs them to self -isolate for 14 days. This procedure enables us to keep a close eye on any patterns of concern and to tackle them promptly.


“For those who decide to visit Gwynedd for a holiday, we call on them to act responsibly, to respect local communities and above all to comply with Welsh social distancing rules.”