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Update 11.09.20

Update: Friday 11th September 2020

Message from the Chief Executive for all council staff

As you will be aware from ongoing media coverage, there has been a significant increase in coronavirus cases across the UK in the last few days. 

On Tuesday, the UK Government announced further restrictions in relation to social gatherings in England, and the Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, announced lockdown measures for Caerphilly County Borough.

Today, Welsh Government has also announced that from Monday (14 September) it will be mandatory for people in Wales to wear face coverings in shops and other indoor public spaces, and indoor meetings of more than six from an extended household will be illegal.

Unfortunately, it is clear that infection rates have started to rise in Neath Port Talbot and Swansea. We are working hard with colleagues in the Health Board and Swansea Council to respond to this, but the stark reality is that we are facing a challenge to get on top of this virus again, particularly as we move into the Autumn.

There have been a small number of confirmed cases in our schools. The Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning and his team are in daily contact with the schools who need our support, and we are monitoring the position very carefully. We are also liaising and working with the University to prepare for the imminent arrival of large numbers of students back for the autumn term.

We are engaging in a renewed effort around communications, and every household across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot will receive a printed flyer through their door, to provide residents with key advice and details on how to keep up to date with local knowledge of coronavirus. You can read the leaflet here. The basic actions outlined in it are things that we all need to do to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, and help avoid tighter restrictions in our area.

The position is changing hour by hour and day by day, unfortunately for the worse, so my message today is that you please be vigilant, follow the Welsh Government Guidelines on social distancing, hand washing, face coverings and gatherings that are outlined later in this bulletin, and together we can help keep Neath Port Talbot and the rest of Wales safe.

In the final analysis, it is up to everyone to adhere to the rules and exercise common sense (particularly social distancing and frequent hand washing). We must all take personal responsibility for doing what is right.

Every employee is an ambassador for the Council, so I urge you all to take these messages into our communities. The focus this week has been on Caerphilly; but the fight against this virus must continue everywhere. 

Thank you,

Steve Phillips

Chief Executive