Over recent days, the number of positive coronavirus cases in Cardigan and the surrounding area has decreased.

The Council took decisive action to close the schools in the area and to suspend other services when it became apparent that there was a significant increase in cases in the area. The excellent support, compliance and cooperation from the people of Cardigan over the last fortnight has successfully reduced the spread of the virus in the community to a manageable level.

The data shows that there has been a significant reduction in the level of the virus over the last week to a point where we are confident that we can reopen Cardigan Secondary School, Cardigan Primary School, Penparc Primary School, Aberporth Primary School, Llechryd Primary School, Cenarth Primary School and Ysgol Gynradd T Llew Jones for pupils and staff on Monday, 7 December 2020.

The Flying Start Nurseries in Cardigan and Aberporth will also reopen from 7 December 2020.

In addition, Cardigan Library will reopen as a ‘click and collect’ service and the mobile library service will resume in the area from Tuesday, 8 December 2020.

The Cardigan Safe Zone will also come to an end at 4.30pm on Saturday, 5 December 2020 and roads will remain open daily. Car parking charges will also be reintroduced in Council car parks from 7 December 2020.

However, now is not the time to become complacent. We ask that you all continue to follow the guidance. More widely across Ceredigion, the numbers of positive cases continue to increase.

We ask that you remain vigilant. Remember the things we can all do to keep each other safe:
• Keep a 2m social distance from each other when out and about;
• Wash your hands regularly;
• Limit your social contact;
• Work from home wherever possible;
• Wear a face mask in indoor public places, shops and on public transport.

Symptoms of coronavirus include a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. But be aware of other symptoms early on, such as headaches, tiredness and general aches and pains usually associated with flu. We are urging people who feel unwell to be extra cautious, especially to practice hand hygiene and distancing, and if in doubt, please book a test.

But only book a test if you have symptoms. If you don’t have symptoms and you go for a test and receive a negative result, it only tells you that you were didn’t have the virus on that day alone.

You can apply for a test online or by calling 119,

If you have come into contact with a positive case or if you or a member of your household have symptoms, you must all self-isolate immediately. This means that you cannot leave the house for any reason, except to go for a test.

If you receive a positive test, you must self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started, meaning that you can leave your house on day 11. If you are a contact of a positive case, you must self-isolate for 14 days from when their symptoms started, meaning you can leave the house on day 15. It is critical that anyone needing to self-isolate completes the full number of days.

Together, we can keep Ceredigion safe.