Council leaders have today welcomed the First Minister’s cautious approach in taking modest steps to gradually ease the lockdown in Wales.
From Monday, individuals from separate households within the same locality will be able to meet outside whilst maintaining the 2-metre social distancing rule.
All residents in Wales will be required to observe the new guidelines set out by the Welsh Government.
Councillor Andrew Morgan (Rhondda Cynon Taf), WLGA Leader said: “I welcome the cautious approach set out by the First Minister in outlining the next steps in unlocking society. We know that many will have been concerned about not seeing family and friends over the last few months. The slight adjustment from Monday will enable people to have more interaction, but we must all continue to act responsibly and to adhere to the guidelines set out by the Welsh Government.
“As we move into the next phase of the response, our nascent work to test, trace and protect will become critical to eventually overcoming the disease.”
“People across Wales have been brilliant in heeding the rules set out by the Welsh Government over the past few months, which has enabled us to flatten the curve. But the fight against coronavirus is a marathon, not a sprint, and it still represents a threat to all of us. The R rate in some parts of Wales is still understood to be close to 1, which is why we still need to exercise caution.”
“The steps outlined by the Welsh Government today offers limited permission for us to interact responsibly, rather than being an open invitation to behave recklessly. The choices we make now will have a great influence on our success in halting the spread of the disease. Don’t be the person who, in years to come, wishes they had done things differently. We must all act sensibly and responsibly to keep Wales safe.”
Councillor Ian Roberts (Flintshire), WLGA Education Spokesperson said: “We know many parents and guardians will be worried about schools, which is why local authorities continue to work closely with the Welsh Government, Teaching Unions and other stakeholders. The safety of children, teachers and staff remains our top priority, and the Education Minister has consistently made clear that any decision taken will be guided by the latest scientific evidence.”