Keep your social distance plea in north Wales

Date: 15/09/2020
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Organisations across north Wales are working together to remind young people of the need for social distancing in the region and to help the fight against Covid-19.

Whilst the vast majority of people across the region adhere to social distancing guidelines, anecdotal evidence shows not everyone is following the message – reflecting concerns raised nationally.

The guidance from Welsh Government for people to adhere to two metre social distancing remains, as does the advice for people to follow hygiene guidelines. Since Monday, it has been mandatory for everyone over 11 years of age to wear face masks in shops. The Welsh Government has also announced that no more than six people from extended households can meet indoors at any one time (this does not count children aged 10 and under).

Councillor Dilwyn Morgan, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member who leads on children and family matters said: “We are proud of the efforts of Gwynedd communities who have played their part in trying to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the county.

“We understand that this is a difficult time for people of all ages. But we must remember that the infection has not gone away and with the risk that we could be facing a second wave this autumn, it is really important that everybody plays their part by following social distancing regulations so that we keep our friends and family safe.

“As a Council we will continue to push social distancing messages. Together, we can help stop the spread of Covid-19 in the area.”

Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council, the authority co-ordinating the campaign, said: “We are proud of the efforts of North Wales communities. They have really played their part in trying to stop the spread of covid-19 across our region.

“However, we must not rest on our laurels and it is equally as important now as ever to continue to social distance. The relaxation of rules from Welsh Government does not mean that Covid has gone away.  There is a risk that we could be facing a second wave of the infection this autumn and now is the time for everyone to play their part.

“We have seen anecdotal evidence of people not social distancing. This is an issue facing all areas of Wales and all we can do is continue to remind people of the social distancing regulations and hope they take notice.

“Over the coming weeks, our partners across North Wales will continue to push the social distancing messages through social media and through the local press. We can only do so much, the minority of people that do not social distance must take responsibility and change their behaviour.

“We’re in this together so we all need to work with each other to try and prevent the Covid rates from escalating in North Wales.”