As of 6 pm this evening (Tuesday 22 September 2020), Bridgend County Borough will be placed under a local lockdown. These measures will be implemented in four local authority areas-Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport. The restrictions are due to a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in these areas.
The new restrictions for Bridgend are:
- People will not be allowed to enter or leave these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education;
- People will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors for the time being. They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households;
- All licensed premises will have to close at 11 pm;
- Everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public areas – as is the case across Wales.
In addition to these measures, mobile testing will be introduced in Bridgend this week.
The Welsh Government will call an urgent meeting of all local authority, health board and police forces from Bridgend to the English border tomorrow to discuss the wider situation in South Wales and whether further measures are needed across the region to protect people’s health.
The new local restrictions measures will be kept under regular review and will be enforced by local authorities and the police.
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