Due to the continuing trend of increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases across Rhondda Cynon Taf, the Welsh Government has announced a number measures that residents MUST follow to help stop the spread of the virus any further.
Answers to common questions about coronavirus restrictions in RCT.
Restrictions will come into force from 6pm on 17/09/2020 and failure to comply with the measures could lead to enforcement action being taken.
Read FULL Welsh Government FAQ's.
Please keep in mind that the purpose of the restrictions is to prevent the transmission of the virus, including to those we care about – both within the area and outside it. People will need to make judgements for themselves about what is reasonable, in line with that overarching principle in order to keep themselves and their wider community safe.
The measures include:
- People will not be allowed to enter or leave the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council boundary area without a reasonable excuse;
A 'reasonable excuse' includes going to work where you cannot work from home, attending a school or college outside of the area, or undertaking a caring responsibility e.g.childcare or caring for an elderly relative, attending a medical appointment, shopping for essential items that cannot be purchased locally or ordered online or using public services that are not available locally. It also includes leaving your local area to visit family or close friends on compassionate grounds if necessary.
But the basic message is that people should stay in their immediate area as much as possible. You do not have a reasonable excuse to leave the area to do something if you could be reasonably expected to be able to do it within the area. This also works the other way around. Those living outside the area should NOT enter the County Borough on non-essential journeys it if at all possible.
- People will only be able to meet outdoors for the time being. People will not be able to meet members of their extended household indoors or form an extended household for the time being.
- People who live in the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough area MUST work from home unless it is not reasonably practicable to do so.
- Indoor public venues, such as pubs, bars, restaurants, play centres, community centres, places of worship, leisure facilities and local attractions WILL remain open but these will only be accessible to those who live within Rhondda Cynon Taf and you should only attend with members of your immediate household (people you live with). These venues will have an obligation to ensure that you do not mix with people not in your immediate household and will be asked to ensure that you that you remain apart. View FAQ's for businesses.
- Masks or three layer face coverings are now mandatory in Wales and MUST be appropriately worn in ALL indoor spaces and where social distancing can't be maintained, unless you have a valid or medical exemption for not doing so - view Welsh Government guidelines. We are also asking residents to volunteer to wear them in all busy outdoor public spaces – including high streets and outside school gates at pick-up and drop-off times.
- Schools, child care settings and colleges 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;
- People should not visit care homes, unless it is an end of life visit where full PPE will be required.
- To reduce the likelihood of transmission from the hospitality industry, all licensed premises will be required to close at 11.00pm each evening.
- 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).
- The Council also strongly recommends that residents avoid using public transport unless it is for an essential journey (to access education, employment, medical appointments, or to shop for basic provisions).
Read FULL Welsh Government FAQ's.
View the Boundary map for Rhondda Cynon Taf
View FAQ's for Businesses
The new measures will be enforced by the Local Authority and South Wales Police, and kept under regular review. If the number of cases do not show signs of falling, further restrictions will be considered by Welsh Government.
Failure to comply with the measures set out above and in the relevant Welsh Government documents is a criminal offence and could result in enforcement action being taken by Council Enforcement Officers and South Wales Police to protect your fellow residents and help keep RCT and Wales safe.
Enforcement Action and Fines
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 and RCT Safe.
Book A Test
Due to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases across Rhondda Cynon Taf a temporary testing centre has been set up for residents who are experiencing symptoms.
- The test centre is located at The Pavilions, Clydach Vale, CF40 2XX.
- A temporary coronavirus testing centre will be located at Abercynon Leisure Centre from Thursday, September 17, until Wednesday, September 23 (9am to 5pm). This will be a WALK THROUGH test centre for Rhondda Cynon Taf residents only. Booking is essential - https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
- NB: Abercynon Leisure Centre is now only open Monday-Friday (6pm-9pm) until Wednesday 23rd September.
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.
By coming together and carrying out the above measures, we can turn the tide on this virus and help keep RCT and Wales safe.
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