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1. COUNCIL LEADER ISSUES STATEMENT FOLLOWING WELSH GOVERNMENT LOCKDOWN ANNOUNCEMENT

20 October 2020

The First Minister has today announced that Wales will enter a fire-break lockdown from 6pm this coming Friday, 23 October for a period of two weeks in response to the continued rise in coronavirus cases across Wales. 

The fire-break lockdown restrictions will be time limited and come to an end on Monday 9 November.  

From Friday, these national measures will replace the current local restrictions and residents across Wales will be advised to stay at home once again unless it is essential not to do so.  

I am grateful that the Welsh Government has again sought the views of Council Leaders on introducing these restrictions. Whilst the local lockdown measures in the Vale of Glamorgan have been effective in slowing the rate of infection, I support the introduction of a short period of further restrictions. By doing so we can all help to protect the NHS and stop the spread of the virus in our communities. 

As we saw earlier in the year, people will be able to leave home to work if it is impossible to do so from home, for essential supplies and to take exercise which should begin and end from home. 

The restrictions mean all hospitality, non-essential retail, beauty and leisure businesses will be closed for this period.  

Mixing between households indoors and outdoors will be banned, except in very limited circumstances, including for single adults living alone or who are a single parent household who can form a temporary extended household with one other household. 

The importance of limiting disruption to our young peoples’ education is of vital importance. For pupils in the Vale of Glamorgan, our schools staff and pupils will have their usual half term break for a week from this Friday.  

From week commencing 2 November nursery, primary and special schools will reopen for all pupils. For secondary schools, Year 7 and 8 pupils will attend school for the week of 2 November with all other year groups learning from home (with the exception of pupils attending school to sit exams). Our Education colleagues will be working closely with headteachers to support preparations and to ensure pupils and parents are aware of the arrangements for their school. Our schools have worked consistently to provide online learning for those not attending school due to the pandemic and will continue to do so. 

Some of our Council services will have to be reduced for a short time and will mean essential services only are provided. 

Some services which had re-opened in the summer, such as Council receptions, libraries and household waste and recycling centres, will close temporarily for the fire-break period. The same will apply to community centres.  

Care home visits will be limited to essential visits only.   

Play areas, country parks and resorts (including car parks) will remain open to enable people living locally to take exercise locally. These should be visited only by local residents in line with the Welsh Government’s latest restrictions. 

Refuse and recycling collections will remain unaffected.  

More details on how these restrictions will affect other Council services will be shared over the coming days as preparations begin for the regulations to come in to force on Friday. The Council’s website will be updated to show the latest information. 

Shielding is not being reintroduced at this time and food parcels will not be provided by Welsh Government. However, the Council’s Crisis Support Team continues to be available to support residents who find themselves in crisis. The team can be contacted on 01446 729592. Details of the many support services available, including supermarket deliveries and community groups can be found on the Vale Heroes site, www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/ValeHeroes. 

I would like to express my very sincere thanks to the residents of the Vale of Glamorgan for adhering to the local lockdown restrictions for the past three weeks. Once again, your efforts made a very real difference. I am appealing to everyone again in the Vale to work together in the next few weeks so that we can further arrest the spread of coronavirus across Wales. 

For now my message to you is simple, stay home and stay safe. 

ENDS

CONTACT

(01446) 709453

press@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

The Vale of Glamorgan Council, Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry CF63 4RU

 

2.  Welsh Government - latest information - English and Welsh 

3. Latest from the Vale Council - Link to Vale Council update

4. Crisis Support Team - In addition to the proactive calls the Crisis Support Team will be making, they will be available to provide support those residents who are most in need. The Crisis Support Team will be promoted as follows:

“For vulnerable residents in crisis as a result of Covid-19. For those unable to access shopping essentials, obtain crucial medication or are in need of urgent temporary support as a result of Covid-19. We can make sure that you get the help you need during this period by putting you in touch community groups in your area, connecting you with online support and voluntary organisations, provide advice and guidance as well as providing practical support if needed. So if you need help with accessing food and medication or if you are isolated and feeling alone or anxious – give is a call.

This service is specifically aimed at supporting vulnerable citizens. Please do not use the service unless you are in crisis as your call will be redirected to Contact OneVale on 01446 700111.”

The telephone number for the Crisis Support Team is 01446 729592 and this line will be staffed from Friday 0800-1700 Monday to Friday and outside of these times calls will be diverted to the emergency out of hours line.

5. Vale HeroesMany residents are looking for advice on accessing support services in their local area to help them and their families at the current time. There has also been a significant interest from the public wishing to volunteer their time to support others. Businesses in the Vale are also changing their way of working to offer services in different ways.

A new part of the Council’s website has been launched www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/ValeHeroes. This provides a searchable database of the organisations, community groups and businesses that we are aware of that can provide a range of different support services. The site also indicates if a group is looking for new volunteers so people can identify opportunities to volunteer to support others. This will be updated on a daily basis with the latest information and we are grateful to GVS for their assistance in identifying the first range of organisations and groups on the site.

Vale Heroes also provides guidance and information on setting up new community groups and also how to volunteer safely, specifically considering the government and Public Health Wales guidance. New groups or businesses can also submit information about themselves via the website.

6. Glamorgan Voluntary Service - Click HERE

7. Latest business support - Click HERE

8. Business information - Click HERE

9. Tech Taskforce Business News - Click HERE

10. General information from the Vale Council and a link to Public Health Wales - click HERE

11. Alarm System - The Community Council has been in contact with the Vale Council concerning the Community Alarm system. They have advised us that they intend to open the system up Free Of Charge to the elderly and vulnerable. If anyone would like to follow this up please contact Kevin Protheroe on 07594 902413 or colwinstoncc@gmail.com

12. Kitchen Food Waste Bags. We have arranged with Cllr Christine Cave to have a supply of these in the village. They are being stored in the Porch of the Church which will be open all of the time. Please take one as and when you need a roll. 

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