With the numbers of the Coronavirus falling across Ceredigion and Wales, Welsh Government are easing some restrictions carefully and in a phased approach to start unlocking Wales.
There will be a phased approach to reopening each sector carefully and cautiously, staying alert to the potential for cases to increase.
Saturday, 13 March
- The stay home message will ease to stay local of within 5 miles of your home. Welsh Government acknowledge the fact that there will be differences for more rural areas.
- Meeting outdoors is allowed for up to four people, from two households. This can be in private gardens, or other outdoor spaces. Children under 11 years old are not included in these numbers. Social distancing continues to be applied with no mixing indoors.
- Outdoor activities, sports and courts can reopen. These include golf courts, basketball courts, tennis courts. A maximum of four people from two households.
- Care home visiting may start again. In Ceredigion, visits to all Care Homes will remain suspended until the beginning of April, as indicated below. We are also grateful for the cooperation of the private care homes who have also kept visits suspended. The Council has taken this measure in order to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all our residents and staff. Looking after our care home residents is of paramount importance to us. Staff in each Care Home across Ceredigion are tested for COVID-19 every fortnight, in line with government guidelines. We understand how difficult this may be to relatives and residents, and they will continue to be able to communicate via telephone and video conferencing/skype calls.
Monday, 15 March
- All primary pupils and years 11, 12 and 13 will return to school. Parents and guardians will be informed of the specific arrangements by their school.
- Hairdressers and barbers can reopen by appointment for haircuts.
Wednesday, 17 March
- Library Click and Collect Service will recommence.
Monday, 22 March
- Year 10 will return to school. Some individual pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 may be given the opportunity to visit the school for a short check in session. Parents and guardians will be informed of the specific arrangements by their school.
- Non-essential retail will reopen gradually and restriction on non-essential sales will be lifted.
- Garden centres can reopen.
Saturday, 27 March
- If the public health conditions continue to be favourable, the stay local restrictions will be lifted to allow people to travel within Wales.
- If the public health conditions continue to be favourable, self-contained holiday accommodation will re-open for one household.
- If the public health conditions continue to be favourable, organised children’s activities outdoors will restart.
Thursday, 01 April
- Visits will be permitted at Council Residential Care Homes. Each resident will be able to identify one named visitor for one, 30 minute visit a week. All initial visits will take place in the visiting pods/facilities. All visitors will be required to complete a health questionnaire ahead of all visits. Letters have been sent to all families regarding how to book a visit.
Monday, 12 April
- If the public health conditions continue to be favourable, all shops and close contact services can reopen.
Further details and information is available on the Welsh Government website.
An additional £150 million will be available to support businesses to the end of March, which are not yet able to open. The extra funding will see businesses in the hospitality, tourism, leisure and non-essential retail sectors that pay non-domestic rates qualify for an additional payment of up to £5,000.
Don’t let your guard down
The Coronavirus is still with us. Let’s stay safe and not let our guard down. All of these future dates are subject to change, in line with transmission, vaccine roll out and variants.
It’s as important as ever that we all keep a safe distance, wash our hands regularly and wear a face covering when it’s not possible to keep a social distance.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, you must self-isolate at home and arrange an immediate test, leaving your home for a test only. Be aware of other symptoms early on, such as headaches, tiredness and general aches and pains usually associated with flu. You can order a test online or by calling 119.
More information and advice on coronavirus is available on the Council’s coronavirus pages.
Thank you for staying local to keep Ceredigion safe.