While pubs, restaurants and bars are all able to re-open indoors from August 3, the Coronavirus is still here and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is asking residents to stay alert and continue to act responsibly to Keep Wales Safe - by adhering to the social distancing guidelines and maintaining good hygiene practices.
In order to help residents maintain social distancing, which is still in place in Wales, the Council has made improvements to its town centres, including the installation of markings and signage to assist shoppers, visitors and pubs and restaurant patrons, reinforcing the two-metre message.
A number of premises have been open outdoors since July 13 and some of us are now familiar with the new systems that are in place. As we move to indoor openings these are likely to be increased, and social distancing will now become even more important.
The most important guidance of all is if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus, however mild, you must stay at home and immediately arrange to have a test, ring 119 or visit www.111.nhs.uk.
If you are well and are planning on going out, it’s best to check with the venue in advance to see what measures they have in place. Most venues will:
- Require advanced booking,
- Only accept card payments,
- Take your contact details,
- Have staff in PPE (masks, etc.),
- Only operate table service (no queuing at the bar)
Please ensure that if you are taking public transport, including taxis, that you have a face covering ready as their use is compulsory when using public transport.
View out handy guide at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/PubsReopen.
Residents can also now take full advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme at a number of participating establishments in Rhondda Cynon Taf. The scheme allows people to get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner). This is available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between August 3-31, and can be used as many times as you like during this period.
Councillor Rhys Lewis, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services, said: “As lockdown restrictions continue to be eased in Wales, we are seeing more people visiting our town centres, shopping locally and, from next week, they will be able to enjoy local eateries, restaurants and pubs indoors once again.
“We urge everyone do this in a safe manner, especially with the indoor hospitality industry in Rhondda Cynon Taf slowly starting to reopen this week. Please act sensibly at all times, respect other people and adhere to the two-metre social distancing guidelines, which still remains in place, at all times where practically possible.
“Public health and public safety must be our main priority. Our residents are also reminded that Rhondda Cynon Taf is a designated Controlled Drinking Zone, with further restrictions and guidelines in place during these unprecedented times.
“With COVID-19 still a threat to public health, please continue to adhere to the two-metre social distancing guidance as you begin socialising with family and friends once again.
“Please enjoy yourself but be sensible and act responsibly, and follow the guidelines that are in place and respect the decisions of the staff – they are working to the Welsh Government guidelines for your safety as well as theirs.
“This is all a new experience for everyone and we all need to work together so that we can all to help Keep Wales Safe.”