In line with the rest of Wales, Wrexham town centre re-opened for non-essential shopping this Monday.
Schools also welcomed back children from all age groups, as restrictions continue to ease following the winter lockdown.
So far so good.
And if we all keep doing the right things – being cautious and sensible – we can look forward to a good summer (if we don’t, we can look forward to a miserable summer…it can still go either way).
When you go shopping…
When you come into town to support local businesses, please stick to social distancing, use hand sanitiser, and wear a face mask unless you’re exempt.
Our social distancing champions are out and about, providing help and assistance.
Apart from the multi-storey at Ty Pawb, all council-managed car parks in the town centre are still free after 11am (although time-limits still apply in short-stay car parks).
When you go to school…
If you’re a parent, please avoid car-sharing, and please don’t hang around at the school gates.
If your child is unwell, please keep them at home and get a test if you think they might have any coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, new persistent cough, loss or change to sense of taste or smell).
These simple things will help keep our schools safe.
Phased reopening of libraries
From this Monday (April 19), you’ll be able to book a visit to Wrexham Library.
Libraries will still provide an ‘order and collect service’, but the recent easing of restrictions in Wales means we’re now ready to reopen the building on a limited basis.
By phoning 01978 292090 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org you’ll be able to book a 30-minute appointment to pop in and browse, borrow and return books.
Key dates and changes
Here’s a quick summary of key changes in Wales over the next few weeks…
Monday, April 26
- Pubs and restaurants look set to reopen with outdoor service (indoor hospitality will remain closed).
- Organised outdoor activities and outdoor wedding receptions will be allowed.
Monday, May 3
- Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities will be able to reopen for individual or one-to-one training.
- Extended households will be allowed again, enabling two households to meet and have contact indoors.
Coronavirus where you live
Wrexham as a whole is now seventh in Wales, with 17 cases per 100k population on a seven-day rolling basis.
If you want to check the figures where you live, visit the Public Health Wales data dashboard and click on the ‘MSOA’ tab.
Rapid self-test kits if you can’t work from home
If you can’t work from home, you can take advantage of rapid ‘lateral flow’ self-test kits being rolled out across Wales.
The kits are available to collect from testing sites – and Welsh Government is encouraging people who can’t work from home to take up the offer.
As many as one-in-three people might have Covid-19 without displaying any symptoms – so regular self-testing could help you recognise if you have the virus.
If you live in Wrexham and can’t work from home, you can pick up the kits from the testing centre at the Memorial Hall.
Take a look at the local NHS health board website for more info.
Unable to work from home?
We’re encouraging anyone whose job means they need to attend the workplace to take lateral flow test.
From Friday, you’ll be able to pick up a free rapid COVID-19 self-testing kit from a local test site.
— Welsh Government #KeepWalesSafe (@WelshGovernment) April 14, 2021
By the end of this week, more than half a million doses of vaccine will have been administered in North Wales.
It’s an important milestone, and the local health board has expressed its thanks to everyone involved…as well as the public for its patience and understanding.
Jabs for under-50s
Having offered the vaccine to everyone over 50, the health board has started sending invitations to the rest of the adult population in North Wales.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that under-30s in the UK are offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab.
So to ensure the right age groups get the right jab, invitations will be based on vaccine deliveries between now and the end of July.
This means some people aged 18-29 might be offered vaccination earlier than some people aged 30+.
Please attend your vaccination appointment
If you have any concerns or last-minute worries, please still attend your appointment so staff can discuss these with you before you make a decision.
If you’re invited for an appointment but sure you don’t want to be vaccinated, please let the NHS know so somebody else can be offered your slot.
You can read more about the vaccination programme in North Wales on the local NHS health board website.
Have symptoms or identified as a ‘contact’?
If you have coronavirus symptoms – or you’re identified as a ‘contact’ by the Track, Trace and Protect service – please make sure you self-isolate and get a test.
It could be the most important thing you ever do.
Read more on the Welsh Government website.
Useful sources of information
- Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board website – vaccination updates (North Wales)
- Welsh Government website – current restrictions in Wales
- Public Health Wales website – regular statements