Gwynedd residents urged to keep up their guard to halt spread of Covid-19
The Gwynedd Covid-19 Prevention and Surveillance Group is urging local residents, businesses and visitors to the area to continue following all the latest Welsh Government regulations and ensure they take-up the offer of the vaccine.
The call comes following examples of some people ignoring the need to wear face masks in indoor public places during the recent holiday period.
Dafydd Wyn Williams, Chair of the Gwynedd Multi-Agency Covid-19 Prevention and Surveillance Group, said:
“With fears of an imminent third wave of Covid-19 and most new cases now being of the more transmissible Delta variant, letting our guard drop now will put everyone at risk.
“Unfortunately, we are aware of a number of concerning examples of people refusing to wear a face mask when entering shops and businesses during the recent busy holiday period. This is illegal and risks the health of shop workers and other members of the public and cannot be tolerated.
“Our Covid-19 community engagement officers continue to visit communities across the county to advise residents and businesses. They are working with businesses of all sizes to help manage the risks of Covid-19 as more staff return to work and we would urge any businesses who have any questions or concerns to contact the team for advice and support.”
In the Porthmadog area where a cluster of cases has recently been identified, a total of eight cases of the Delta variant have now been confirmed. The local Test, Trace and Protect staff continue to offer advice to the confirmed cases and their contacts who are required to self-isolate for 14-days.
As an additional measure in the Porthmadog area, a mobile testing unit will remain in place until 16 June at the Llyn Bach car-park. Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should arrange a test by phoning 119 or online via the https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test website.
Dr Eilir Hughes, who leads the Dwyfor Area GP Cluster and is a member of the Gwynedd Prevention and Surveillance Group, added:
“We still need to take every step we can to protect our community, and I can’t emphasise enough the importance that everyone takes-up the offer of the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it’s offered. Getting vaccinated makes a big difference, including against newer strains of the virus like the Delta variant – especially after the important second dose which more than doubles your protection. Please do get both doses when offered.
“There are a number of vaccination sessions available, including regular appointments at Ysbyty Enfys in Bangor as well as at Ysbyty Alltwen in Tremadog. If you have not yet had your first jab, please visit https://bcuhb.nhs.wales/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-information/covid-19-vaccination-online-booking/ to book an appointment – it only takes a minute and will make a huge difference.
“It’s also still so important to follow the simple rules that have been in place now for over a year – put simply, they keep us safe. We can do this by staying outdoors whenever possible when in the company of other people, keep windows open when indoors, wearing a face mask, keeping a 2 metre social distance and washing hands regularly.”