Important information from Newport City Council.

Following a concerning rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Newport, new restrictions have been announced by Welsh Government.

The restrictions will come into force at 6pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020. The aim of the additional restrictions is to reduce the spread of the virus and protect public health for people living in our area.

The main restrictions are:

  • people will not be allowed to enter or leave Newport without a reasonable excuse
  • people will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household (sometimes called a “bubble”)
  • this means meeting indoors with anyone who is not part of your household (people you live with) will not be allowed, unless you have a good reason, such as providing care to a vulnerable person
  • all licensed premises will have to close at 11pm
  • people must work from home wherever possible

These restrictions are already in place in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and will also be extended to Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr and Bridgend council areas. The restrictions relating to licensed premises will also be introduced in Caerphilly to ensure consistent restrictions across the affected areas.

Further details will be available on the Welsh Government website.

Councillor Jane Mudd, Leader of the council said: “We are very supportive of the additional measures brought in by Welsh Government and we are in constant discussion with them and partners to ensure the most appropriate measures are in place for the safety of Newport.

“There were clear warnings that we needed to follow the rules already in place – and I thank every person and business who have been making a concerted effort, but unfortunately we have seen numbers of cases continue to rise significantly.

“I urge everyone to heed this warning and follow the restrictions without fail to prevent a further increase in cases – the last thing we want to see in our city.

“We must limit our travel; limit contact with people; follow the laws on who we can meet indoors and outdoors; wash our hands regularly; keep our distance from others; and wear a face mask where required.

“Please take responsibility for your actions. Protect yourselves, your friends, family and everyone you come in contact with.”