New local Coronavirus restrictions for Bangor

Date: 09/10/2020

Following a steep rise in Covid-19 cases in Bangor over recent days, new local restrictions will be introduced for the city from 6pm on Saturday, 10 October.

There has been a significant increase in positive Covid-19 cases in Gwynedd over the past seven days. Of these, around two-thirds are in the Bangor city area and local public health officers expect these numbers to continue rising over the coming week.

The ‘health protection zone’ restrictions will mean that people living in the Bangor city area:

  • 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”).

Residents living in the rest of Gwynedd or further afield will not be able to enter Bangor without a valid reason such as travelling for work for those who cannot work from home or attending a health appointment. School pupils and students will be able to travel in and out of the Bangor Health Protection Zone to attend their school, college or university.

Bangor shops – including the retail parks and Tesco supermarket along Caernarfon Road - will remain open for the city’s residents. People living outside the city should make every effort to avoid visiting Bangor shops including the retail areas on the outskirts of the city for the time being, 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:

“Gwynedd Council and our partners fully support the Welsh Government’s decision to introduce temporary restrictions in Bangor. Acting now will help slow the rapid increase in positive cases in the city, break the chain of transmission and protect Bangor residents as well as the wider Gwynedd public.

“We fully appreciate that this action will have an impact on the people and businesses of the city. But by taking these steps now, we will hopefully be able to avoid stricter and more disruptive measures further down the line and get Bangor back to normal as soon as possible.

“Whilst these measures are currently limited to Bangor due to the rapid increase in cases in the city, there can be no room for complacency for any Gwynedd resident.

“We must all play our part in following the national Covid-19 guidelines to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the wider community. By doing so we will also hopefully be able to avoid the need for similar measures for the rest of Gwynedd.”

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Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus response at Public Health Wales, said:

“It has never been more important for everyone living in the communities of Bangor to follow the advice and guidance of the agencies responsible for managing this developing situation. 

“Please trust us, trust in our messaging, in our communication to you. It could save lives.

“We are aware of misinformation circulating in the public domain, so please, only use trusted sources of information from your local authority, Public Health Wales, local health board and Welsh Government.”

The Bangor Health Protection Zone restrictions will go live from 6pm on Saturday, 10 October and will be in force for the Bangor wards of Dewi, Glyder, Hendre, Menai, Deiniol, Marchog, Garth and Hirael. Residents will shortly be able to check whether their address falls within the Bangor Health Protection Zone by using a simple post code checker on the Gwynedd Council website.

As is the case for all Gwynedd people, Bangor residents will also need to continue to follow other existing national guidance, which include:

  • always observing social distancing
  • staying at home if you or anyone in your household develops symptoms
  • if you develop symptoms, get a test
  • if you are contacted by the Test, Trace and Protect team, please follow the advice they provide and self-isolate if required
  • working from home whenever possible
  • avoiding car-sharing
  • wearing a mask when indoors in public places
  • washing hands regularly.

Full details about the restrictions including frequently asked questions will be available on https://gov.wales/local-lockdown shortly.