Public Briefing Note

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease in Wales and across the UK, we all need to remember that Covid-19 is still here in our community…and will be for some time.

Events at Rowan Foods in Wrexham, 2 Sisters in Anglesey and other parts of the UK serve as stark reminders of this.

The situation at Rowan Foods is being carefully managed with our lead partners Public Health Wales, and whether you’re shopping in our town centre or sending your children back to school, you can feel confident and safe in Wrexham if you keep following official guidance.

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But as we start to enjoy more freedom, it’s obvious that – if we’re not careful – the risk of spreading the virus will increase. So now is the time to be even more vigilant, and follow all the safety advice…including regular hand-washing or sanitising, and sticking to social distancing.

Because if we’re not responsible, we could lose the freedoms we’ve all worked so hard to earn over the past few months.

Working with you to keep Wrexham safe

We’ll keep you informed about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it safely, and keep reminding you about the measures we should all be taking.

This includes reaching out to communities who are not Welsh or English first language, as it’s important that everyone can access the same advice and  information.

We all have a part to play, and we want to work with everyone in our communities to bring Wrexham through this.

Councillor Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, says:”These are very cautious times and we need to remain vigilant. Covid-19 is still with us and we must do everything we can to ensure Wrexham doesn’t have to return to stricter lockdown measures in any way.

“We’ve come a long way since March and overall we should be proud of the way our communities have behaved in order to reach the stage where we can return to a ‘new-normal. Thanks to the effort of our traders and town centre staff we can begin to safely enjoy Wrexham Town Centre once again’’

“Schools have re-opened, shops have re-opened and council services are gradually and cautiously beginning to reopen.

“To continue to enjoy our new freedoms we must continue to observe all the guidance, so we can move forward together safely.”

We’ve been asked to share the following message from North Wales Police as widely as possible.

Please feel free to share it with friends, colleagues and any appropriate groups you’re in contact with.

Community message from North Wales Police

We would like to remind you of the following to try to ensure your safety:

“Can I car-share with work colleagues from a different household to travel to and from work?”

This is not recommended, as it is difficult to maintain social distancing. If you normally share a vehicle with people from other households for essential journeys, we recommend you find a different way to travel.

However, we recognise that there are times when travelling in a car with others can’t be avoided. Please see the guidance on traveling safely:

https://gov.wales/travelling-safely-coronavirus-guidance-public

If you are travelling on public transport, it is advised by Welsh Government that you wear a face mask.

The link below takes you to the Welsh Government frequently asked questions page, and this page is constantly updated as the First Minister makes adjustments.

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

It is still very important to socially distance from other people. The below guidance is for everyone, including children. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of Covid-19.

https://gov.wales/staying-local-social-distancing

If you think you may have coronavirus and have life-threatening symptoms you should call 999.

If you have mild-moderate symptoms do not go to your GP. You can complete the self-symptom checker online to help you. You can also ring the 111 helpline for advice.

https://111.wales.nhs.uk/SelfAssessments/symptomcheckers/COVID19.aspx

This message has also been made available in a wide range of other languages.

Reminder – reliable sources of information about Covid-19

Latest information on the virus and what people should do about it is provided by:

How to get a test if you’ve got Coronavirus Symptoms.

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