New Coronavirus restrictions come into force for Bangor
Following a steep rise in Covid-19 cases in Bangor over recent days, new local restrictions will be introduced for the city from 6pm tonight (Saturday, 10 October).
The Bangor Health Protection zone restrictions will mean that people living in the city:
- will need to avoid travelling in and out of Bangor without a valid reason to do so such as travelling for work for those who can’t work from home, travelling for education or to attend a health appointment;
- will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors. They will not be able to form, or be a part of, extended households (sometimes referred to as a “bubble”).
Bangor shops - including the retail parks and Tesco supermarket along Caernarfon Road - will remain open for the city’s residents and school pupils and students will still be able to travel in and out of the Bangor Zone to attend their school, college or university.
Residents living in the rest of Gwynedd or further afield will not be able to enter Bangor without a valid reason to do so such as travelling for work for those who cannot work from home or attending a health appointment.
For the time being, people living outside Bangor should make every effort to avoid visiting the city including the retail areas on the outskirts, and only do so if they are buying essential items where there is no reasonable alternative to using shops within the Bangor Health Zone. However, in most cases it would be expected that there are alternative options, even if this involves travelling a little further than normal. Signage will be installed on all the main routes into the city to ensure that the public are aware of the restrictions.
Leader of Gwynedd Council, Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn said:
“We understand and support the Welsh Government’s decision to introduce these temporary restrictions for Bangor and urge the city’s residents to follow the new rules in full. Doing so will help slow the rapid increase in positive cases, help break the chain of transmission and protect Bangor residents as well as the wider Gwynedd public.
“We appreciate that this action will have an impact on people and businesses, but we are also clear that by taking these steps now we will hopefully be able to avoid stricter and more disruptive measures down the line and get Bangor back to normal as soon as possible.”
Whilst the measures for Gwynedd are currently limited to the city of Bangor, Councillor Siencyn urged all Gwynedd residents to follow the simple Welsh Government guidance to halt the current significant increase in Covid-19 cases in other areas of the county.
Councillor Siencyn added:
“Earlier today I met with the First Minister, the Health Secretary and public health experts to discuss the wider situation we are facing in Gwynedd.
“Following this meeting, the First Minister has confirmed that no immediate action will be taken to introduce further local restrictions at this time in Gwynedd beyond the local restrictions which will come into force in Bangor at 6pm tonight.
“However, the situation facing us is serious and is being monitored closely on a day to day basis.
“Put simply, there is no room for complacency for any Gwynedd resident. We must all play our part as individuals in following the national Covid-19 guidelines to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the wider community.”
Bangor residents can check whether their address falls within the Bangor Health Protection Zone by visiting www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/BangorZone and entering their post code into a simple post code checker.
Full details about the restrictions including frequently asked questions are available on https://gov.wales/local-lockdown.