What you need to do from Monday
This Monday (November 9), the two-week national firebreak lockdown will come to an end in Wales.
We now need to make sure the effort we’ve all put into the lockdown isn’t wasted, and that we keep taking steps to keep each other safe.
So from Monday, these are main things Welsh Government is asking you to do:
- Stay out of each other’s homes, except in very limited circumstances.
- Limit the times you leave your home, and the distance you travel.
- When you do leave home, try not to see too many different people.
- Maintain social distancing, including outdoors.
- Meet people outdoors rather than indoors where possible.
- Work from home if you can.
- Wash your hands regularly and follow other hygiene advice.
- Self-isolate if you show symptoms.
You can find full guidance on the Welsh Government website.
What will reopen in Wrexham?
In line with Welsh Government guidelines, the following facilities – which were closed for the lockdown – will reopen:
- All three recycling centres at Bryn Lane, Plas Madoc and Brymbo (pre-booking only at Brymbo – call 01978 801463 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday).
- ‘Order and collect’ services at local libraries.
- Leisure centres, including Wrexham Waterworld and other Freedom Leisure venues.
- Community resource centre cafes.
- Tŷ Pawb car park and building.
- The Monday Market on Queens Square.
- The General Market.
Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 will return to school on Monday, as previously planned (primary school and year 7 and 8 pupils returned earlier this week).
Non-essential retail, hospitality and tourism businesses will also be able to reopen, as well as places of worship.
Part of the family? Don’t let the virus feel at home
One of the key reasons for the spread of the virus is household transmission.
In other words, people are passing it on to people they live with…or to other households they’re mixing with.
And one household can easily carry the virus into lots of different settings. The parents might take it to work. The son might take it to college. The daughter might take it to school. And so on.
So if anyone in your household does show symptoms, it’s important that you all immediately follow the self-isolation guidance from Welsh Government, and that you try to social distance and follow good hygiene practices in your home (washing hands, cleaning surfaces etc).
By doing this, you can limit the chances of the virus spreading within your household, and to other households.
And that could make a massive difference not just to you and your family, but to the whole of Wrexham, Wales and the UK.
If we do these things now, we have a better chance of keeping the virus under control until a vaccine is available…and can look to tomorrow with hope and optimism.
Other important info
Remembrance Sunday – please remember from home this year
This Sunday, the nation will pause to remember the men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country.
But because of coronavirus, things will be different this year, and we’re encouraging you to remember from home by taking part in a two-minute silence from your doorstep at 11am, and by watching the commemorations online or on the television.
There will be no parade in Wrexham this year, and only a very small closed service at the RWF memorial at Bodhyfryd – limited to a handful of key people, including representatives from the Royal British Legion and armed services.
You’ll hopefully be able to watch the service on Wrexham Council’s Facebook page, and the national service from the cenotaph in London will be broadcast by the BBC.
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