Due to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases across Rhondda Cynon Taf and its neighbouring boroughs, the Council is urging all residents to take action now to help stop the spread any further. 

By carrying out a number of increased Enhanced Public Health Voluntary Actions, we can help keep RCT and Wales safe.

Enhanced Public Health Voluntary Actions  

The Council and its partners (Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Merthyr Tydfil Council) are recommending that residents follow the below enhanced actions to help reduce the spread of the virus. 

Where possible:

  • Only use public transport for ESSENTIAL purposes, which includes travel to education, work, essential medical appointments, and food shopping;
  • Work from home for the next few weeks if you can. As a partnership the Council will actively seek the support of employers to ensure that those that can work from home do so;
  • Masks or three layer face coverings must now be worn in shops and indoor public spaces , unless there is a reasonable excuse or reason for exemption. - View further guidance from the Welsh Governmnet
  • Do Not visit care homes, unless it is an end of life visit where full PPE will be required.
In addition to the above please continue to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser and maintain social distancing (2 metres). 

Schools

Schools WILL remain OPEN and home to school transport WILL continue to operate in accordance with the latest Public Health Wales guidance.

Read the Return to School FAQ's

Previously Shielding Residents 

The Council and its partners (Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Merthyr Tydfil Council) are recommending for residents and family members in households who were previously part of the NHS Shielding Scheme, to ask their employers if it is practical to work from home. Residents are also urged to assess the risks associated with their day to day life and avoid, where possible, crowded public places, particularly indoor public spaces.

View Welsh Government FAQ's re shielding

NB: This Advice does not mean the NHS Shielding Scheme, at this time, is restarting.

Outbreak Control and Prevention 

The Council is continuing to monitor and take action where necessary to ensure that ALL businesses and premises comply with COVID-19 regulations (Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020), which came into force on 10 August 2020, to control, minimise and prevent the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

The Council is already taking action to ensure all large supermarkets, retail stores and licensed premises adhere to the Regulations. South Wales Police continue to actively enforce current Wales-wide covid-19 regulations with residents alongside the Councils’ environmental health teams.

Improvement Notices have already been served on a number of premises across Rhondda Cynon Taf following failures to comply with COVID-19 regulations, these may include, but are not limited to, lack of regulation of social distancing and provision of hand and cleaning sanitiser.

These are posted on the COVID-19 Outbreak Control and Prevention page.

The public are reminded that if they feel a business, area or premises are not complying, they should not enter or participate in the activity – we all have a personal responsibility to control the spread and help Keep Wales Safe.  

Book A Test

If you are symptomatic you are advised to:

Residents are reminded that as part of the Test, Trace, Protect service if you are symptomatic and receive a positive test result you should self-isolate and remain at home for at least 10 days and anyone you have been in contact with should self-isolate for 14 days even if they feel well or receive a negative test.

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