COUNCIL AND POLICE TO CONTINUE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST MINORITY OF REPEAT COVID RULE BREAKERS
04 November 2020
Following weekend discussions, Neath Port Talbot Council and South Wales Police will continue enforcement action against a minority of people openly and repeatedly flouting Covid-19 rules, particularly during this last week of the Welsh Government fire break.
The Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Councillor Rob Jones, thanked the majority who were adhering to the rules but said action was now needed against the minority who were flouting them. He said:
“Many people across Neath Port Talbot have co-operated with the restrictions put in place to reduce the spread of the virus, relieving pressure on our health and social care system and saving lives. I thank you for that and know this is especially difficult at this time of year.
“Regrettably, there are a small number of people, who are openly and deliberately ignoring the restrictions and by doing so they are putting our communities at risk. I say to them, you are letting your communities down.
“Over the next week of the firebreak, officers will be working with police to enforce these deliberate breaches of the restrictions – fixed penalties and prosecutions will result.”
Superintendent Trudi Meyrick of the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Division of South Wales Police said: “We must make maximum good use of the final week of the fire break to bring down the spread of the disease and to avoid further harsh measures being needed especially in the run up to the Christmas period.
“The small minority who won’t play by the rules will not be allowed to disrupt the lives of everyone else - they must take the consequences.”
The national firebreak is intended to keep communities across Wales safe, while affording our NHS and Test, Trace and Protect services an opportunity bring the second wave of the pandemic under control before more lives are lost.
Supt Meyrick added: “Like all police forces in the UK, our preference has always been encouraging voluntary compliance, but we will act against those who blatantly disregard legislation intended to keep them and the wider public safe.”