LLANELLI will be placed under Welsh Government restrictions as from Saturday (Sep 26) at 6pm. The neighbouring town of Burry Port will not be under the same measures.
Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced the measures today at his press meeting. Swansea and Cardiff will follow suit on Sunday.
Speaking to the press Vaughan Gething said that this was not an excuse for people to out on a big weekend blowout.
He stated that 8 of 10 Covid-19 case in Carmarthenshire had stemmed from within Llanelli. He said the rise in cases in Carmarthenshire had been overwhelmingly linked to Llanelli through socialising and not adhering to social distancing.
The Minister said that people should avoid panic buying in shops and to keep calm. He said that the Welsh Government were taking this action early to avoid further harm by harsher lockdown measures.
He said that the measures would be enforced through work with local authorities and enforcement agencies and that people should follow existing guidelines for travel.
The Minister said that things could change on a daily basis and that the R number for Wales was above 1 already.
When asked why he was not implementing a national lockdown the Minister said that there were differences between North and South Wales as well as regional and local differences in case numbers. He said that he would be meeting with local authority representatives across Wales.
Defined Map of Llanelli area under measures.
The council website states:
The restrictions cover a defined area of Llanelli. Residents cannot leave the area without good reason. Similarly those who live outside the area cannot enter it without good reason. Read our FAQs to find out what you can and cannot. These restrictions will be reviewed every two weeks.
Please remember, the purpose of these new local restrictions is to limit the transmission of the virus and keep our communities safe. Play your part – stop the spread.
Enter your postcode, if your house appears in the defined area (red) you live in the health protection zone where the new local restrictions apply.
Local Covid-19 rules in Llanelli area
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Following a sharp increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the Llanelli area, new restrictions have been introduced to reduce the spread of the virus and protect public health for people living in the area.
The restrictions come into force at 6pm on Saturday September 26 2020 and will be kept under review.
The main restrictions are:
people will not be allowed to enter or leave the defined area of Llanelli without a reasonable excuse
people will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household (sometimes called a “bubble”)
this means meeting indoors with anyone who is not part of your household (people you live with) is not allowed at the moment, unless you have a good reason, such as providing care to a vulnerable person
all licensed premises must stop serving alcohol and will have to close at 10.20pm
people must work from home wherever possible