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Stay apart to play your part this winter

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People in Ceredigion are urged to stay apart to play their part as the seasons change and as the coronavirus wakes up for winter.

Usually, this is a time for festivities and gatherings with the clocks going back and people looking forward to Halloween and Bonfire night. However this year, Ceredigion residents are reminded not to put themselves or others in danger of catching or spreading the coronavirus and are strongly advised to limit their social contact as much as possible. This includes steering clear of any traditional trick or treating and organising or attending Halloween parties.

People should not meet indoors with anyone other than their extended household members. This applies both at home and in public places, such as pubs and restaurants. This means that Halloween parties this year are not allowed as we seek to prevent the spread of the virus.

Similarly, people are encouraged not to risk a coronavirus outbreak in the community by organising or attending a firework display, attracting large gatherings as no more than 30 people can meet together outdoors. If you plan to arrange a small, private firework display for your household, you should always follow strict health and safety guidelines for both the fireworks itself and the coronavirus risk. No firework displays will be held on Ceredigion County Council’s grounds.

The more people who meet in close contact, the more chance they have of catching and spreading the virus. This is difficult but we ask you to make this sacrifice this year so that we can protect our communities, our friends and our families.

Ceredigion County Council are working with key partners, including Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Dyfed Powys Police to ensure public safety during this busy period.

For all the latest information on Ceredigion’s coronavirus response, visit the Council’s website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/coronavirus or call 01545 570 881. This also coincides with Ceredigion County Council’s Winter Strategy to protect the health and wellbeing of people in light of the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the strategy here: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/coronavirus-covid-19/winter-strategy/

Together we can keep Ceredigion safe.

Stay apart to play your part.

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New permanent walk-in test centre opens in Aberystwyth

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PEOPLE in Aberystwyth with symptoms of COVID-19 now have access to a permanent walk-in testing facility.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has arranged for a Local Testing Site (LTS) to be located inside the former Padarn Nursery building, (behind, but not connected to, Padarn Surgery), on Penglais Road.

Local people should avoid using the nearby nursery car park, leaving it free for those people accessing tests to park there. People who attend the walk-in centre must wear a face covering.

Meanwhile, the drive-through facility at Canolfan Rheidol has now been relocated to Cardigan in response to a rise in cases in that area. Residents of Aberystwyth will not be impacted by this move as there is plenty of testing capacity at the LTS.

Alison Shakeshaft, Director of Therapies & Health Science at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are very pleased to have secured this LTS for the people of Aberystwyth. Many residents in the town, including students, do not have their own private vehicle in order to access drive-through testing facilities, so the option of a walk-in facility is very important.

“This is a challenging time and I urge everyone to remain vigilant and follow the rules, including wearing face coverings where required, maintain social distancing, washing hands regularly, or using a hand sanitiser if hand washing is not possible.”

Anyone who has symptoms of the virus (a new persistent cough, high temperature or loss/change of taste or smell) must book a test as soon as possible.  This can be done through the online UK portal at www.gov.wales/coronavirus.

University students with COVID-19 symptoms, when booking a test, are required to provide their local address in Aberystwyth.

Please do not book a test if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not attend testing centres without booking first as you will not be seen without an appointment.

Please follow the latest self-isolation guidelines which can be found here.

For the latest news and updated from Hywel Dda University Health Board visit https://hduhb.nhs.wales/

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Improvements required at a pub in Devil’s Bridge

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A HOSPITALITY business in Devil’s Bridge has been required to make improvements to safeguard the public’s health and well-being as part of the coronavirus regulations.

A Premises Improvement Notice has been served to The Hafod, Devil’s Bridge, Aberystwyth by Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Officers due to non-compliance with The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 4) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

As part of the Premises Improvement Notice, the Premises must ensure that a distance of 2 metres is maintained between any persons on the premises, and put measures in place which limit close face to face interaction and maintain hygiene. 

These measures will need to be implemented by 17:00 on November 27, 2020. The full notice can be seen on the Council’s website under Improvement and Closure Notices.

Information for businesses is available on the Council’s website under Supporting Ceredigion’s Economy.

Any business who is unsure of their responsibilities is urged to check the Welsh Government website

Any business that requires further information or guidance can contact the council’s Licensing Team on 01545 570881 or clic@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Improvement notices issued to two Cardigan premises

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ON NOVEMBER 18, 2020, two Cardigan businesses were required to improve their measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus on their premises.

T Samways High Class Butchers, Pendre Cardigan and Cardigan Fried Chicken, Pendre Cardigan were both served with an improvement notice on Wednesday 18th November 2020 after officers from Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Team visited the premises.

Following reports from members of the public, officers found that improvements were needed in both premises to ensure compliance with the regulations.  The improvements require persons responsible for the premises to ensure that staff wear face coverings within the main shop and or public areas of the premises to maintain hygiene.

These businesses were granted 48 hours to correct the issues that had been highlighted or further enforcement action would be considered, including the option to issue closure notices.

On November 20, 2020, Officers returned to T Samways High Class Butchers and Cardigan Fried Chicken and were satisfied that the reasonable measures were now in place and the Improvement Notices were subsequently terminated.

The Premises Improvement Notices, served under the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions)(No. 4)(Wales) Regulations 2020, were issued at both premises on Wednesday November 18, 2020.

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