Denbighshire County Council is calling on communities across Denbighshire to adhere to new local restrictions coming into place in the county from 6pm tonight (Thursday), to help fight coronavirus in the county.
Extra restrictions will also be introduced in neighbouring Conwy, Flintshire and Wrexham. The restrictions will mean that residents will not be able to travel out of the county in which they live without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education.
People will only be able to meet people they do not live with outdoors for the time being. They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households (sometimes called a “bubble”).
Leader of Denbighshire, Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, said: “The restrictions due to be imposed on us here in Denbighshire are completely necessary in the fight to halt the increase in the number of cases in our county.
“By taking early action, we hope we can slow the upward trend in cases over the past week or so – helping to protect local people from the virus, as well as businesses from more radical lockdown measures further down the line.
“This decision has not been taken lightly, but following discussions with Public Health Wales, Welsh Government and other local authorities, introducing further restrictions is the only option available to us. It’s only Denbighshire residents that can make the sacrifices to protect Denbighshire communities.
“We fully recognise and understand that this will prove difficult for some residents but compliance is essential and we really need to do this to try and protect our most vulnerable in our communities.
“On top of the new restrictions, we must also continue to adhere to the social distancing measures, as well as wearing face masks to visit shops and following stringent hygiene measures.
“The Council and its partners are monitoring the situation hour by hour and we will continue to remind people of the restrictions being introduced through local media, websites and social media feeds.”
Residents are also asked to remember to stick to existing guidance, which includes:
- Staying at home if you have Coronavirus symptoms and request a test immediately.
- Working from home wherever you can.
- Avoiding car-sharing.
- Those over 11 must wear a face-mask in indoor public spaces and on public transport.
- Covering your mouth whenever you sneeze or cough.
- Keeping your hands clean.
- Hospitality businesses in Wales have to close by 10pm, with table service only, and off-licences and supermarkets having to stop selling alcohol from 10pm.