Friday, 18 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: Caerphilly and areas near Glasgow to face extra restrictions

People in and around Caerphilly will not be able to leave the area after a rise in coronavirus cases, Wales’ health minister has said.

The new lockdown will begin at 6pm on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Welsh government said: “People will not be allowed to enter or leave the Caerphilly County Borough Council area without a reasonable excuse.

“Everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in shops.

“People will only be able to meet outdoors – meetings with other people indoors and extended households will not be allowed for the time being. No overnight stays will be allowed.

“The new restrictions will apply to everyone living within the Caerphilly County Borough Council area.”

It comes after two further areas were given coronavirus restrictions in and around Glasgow after a spike in COVID-19 cases there.

Scotland’s first minister said the “regrettable but necessary” action meant a ban on indoor visits in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire would continue for another week – and be extended to Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire.

Nicola Sturgeon said that it was “in these gatherings, rather than pubs, that older and more vulnerable people may be at greater risk of infection”.

Announcing the move on Twitter, she said: “If you live in Glasgow City, E or W Dunbartonshire, E Renfrewshire or Renfrewshire council areas, please don’t have others visit you at home and don’t visit other households in any part of Scotland.

“If we comply with this, hopefully further restrictions can be avoided.

“Cases are rising across UK, and while we are not yet seeing a significant rise in hospital cases and deaths, this may just be a matter of time.

“We must work hard to keep COVID under control.”

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