Don’t let your guard down now firebreak is over, warns Bridgend Council

Residents of Bridgend County Borough are being urged not to let their guard down in the fight against the coronavirus.

The warning comes as figures for new cases of Covid-19 continue to rise across the county borough.

The Leader, Cllr Huw David, said: “The firebreak lockdown may be over, but the pandemic is not, and the virus has not gone away.

“It is more essential than ever for us all to keep up the good progress that we have made so far, and to ensure that we do all that we can to minimise unnecessary contact and maintain rules on social distancing, masks and hand hygiene.

“If we are not moving around, then neither is the coronavirus. While it will take up to 14 days before the benefits of the firebreak make themselves felt, we could undo all of our hard work by acting as if the lockdown is over – it isn’t, and we have to factor this in to our daily routines as we look towards the future.”

While weekly kerbside recycling collections, fortnightly non-recyclable rubbish collections and collections for bulky waste, garden waste and absorbent hygiene products have all continued throughout the lockdown,

Following the end of the firebreak lockdown, a number of services are available once more.

Community recycling centres have reopened and are available between 9am-4pm, while the Sidings recycling shop at the Maesteg site will be available on Tuesday 10 November.

While schools welcomed all learners back this week, parents and carers are reminded that individual schools will continue to provide Covid-19-related updates which might mean certain pupils will need to stay at home.

Local libraries have reopened, but please check on availability and opening times before visiting.

Residents are only able to meet people who are part of their ‘bubble’ within their own home. Only two households can form a bubble, but if one person from either household develops symptoms, everyone should immediately self-isolate.

People can meet in groups of up to four (not including any children aged under 11) in regulated indoor places such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants. No alcohol can be served in any of these venues between 10pm and 6am, and where premises have a licence to sell alcohol, they will have to close at 10.20pm.

Non-essential travel should be avoided as much as possible. There will be no legal restrictions on travel within Wales for residents, but people can only travel into and out of Wales with a reasonable excuse.

You can view the full details by visiting the Welsh Government website.