Here is the latest update from Cardiff Council, covering: the current COVID-19 cases and tests figures for Cardiff; compliance checks of city centre venues; a public show of thanks for all of the city's carers; and the council is looking for new school governors.
While the number of COVID-19 cases in Cardiff is quite stable at the moment, things can change quickly if we don't all continue to follow the Welsh Government regulations.
Follow these guidelines and we can all help halt the spread of coronavirus, or we could be facing a Caerphilly-type local lockdown:
Based on latest figures from Public Health Wales, data correct as of:
14 September 2020, 13:00
Cases per 100,000 population: 12.0
Testing episodes: 2,721
Testing per 100,000 population: 741.6
Positive proportion: 1.6%
Licensing officers from the Shared Regulatory Services carried out compliance checks at all city centre venues over the weekend and no further Improvement Notices were issued.
The Improvement Notice for the Mocka Lounge on Mill Lane has been withdrawn, as all the measures that they were told to comply with have been implemented. The four other venues that currently have an improvement notices in place - Coyote Ugly, Peppermint, Rum & Fizz and Gin & Juice - have made improvements and if this continues, it is envisaged that the notices against these businesses will also be withdrawn this week.
Each venue has a responsibility to ensure that people eating or drinking in their establishment are following social distancing rules. Processes have to be in place to ensure that social distancing measures are being followed and a track and trace system must also be in place, collecting names and telephone numbers of customers.
Licensing officers access a number of areas, including:
Despite the improvements that have been made in the city centre, concerns were raised about Loco Latin bar on Miskin Street in Cathays. Following a joint visit with South Wales Police Licensing Officers, a Closure Notice was issued on the business yesterday (14/09/20.)
Loco Latin bar will remain closed until adequate measures are put in place and officers will continue to carry out compliance checks at all licensed premises for the foreseeable future.
Banners and flags paying tribute to the city's social care workers, who have helped care for vulnerable people during the pandemic, have been installed at Cardiff Castle.
The colourful flags are a symbol of the city's gratitude to all the care workers who worked, and continue to work tirelessly providing essential care to those in need, and carry the message ‘To all Cardiff's care workers, thank you for supporting our loved ones'.
The Council's workforce, alongside its commissioned social care providers, have safely delivered over 600,000 hours of adult and children's domiciliary care since the start of the pandemic, and have continued to support adults and children in care homes and supported living arrangements. Additionally, over 150 Council staff were re-purposed from their usual roles to support frontline services across adult and children's social care services.
Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Elsmore, said:
"The commitment and bravery of our social care workforce has been remarkable and the collective effort from Council staff, its providers, and NHS, have enabled this vital service to continue for those who are most vulnerable in our communities.
"A number of people have volunteered their support to help during this time of need and truly deserve to be commended for sacrificing their own time to be of service to others during these challenging circumstances."
Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Cllr Graham Hinchey, said:
"Due to the hard work and generosity of social care staff, the care and support for children and families has continued to make a real difference during these very difficult times.
"The stories shared through the Council's ‘Working for Cardiff' campaign have showcased exceptional work in children's homes, where staff have pulled together to cover shifts, going above and beyond to boost morale of the children they support. We are privileged to have such dedicated staff."
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Cardiff Council is seeking up to 100 motivated and committed volunteers to take up positions as school governors across the city's 127 schools.
School governors are the most important volunteer workforce in education and play a critical role in improving education and making a positive difference to the future of children and young people.
School governors help to set the strategic vision of the school and ensure that children and young people receive the best possible education. They also act as a critical friend providing support and challenge to the school's senior leadership team.
Becoming a school governor provides a range of benefits, providing the opportunity to become involved with a local school and the chance to directly contribute to the success of the children and young people it serves. There is also the opportunity to develop professional and personal skills and experience in a wide range of areas such as strategic planning, decision making and financial management which can assist with careers and personal development.
Free continuing professional development is provided by the Local Authority to support governors in their role.
As a minimum a governor could be expected to contribute approximately five hours a month to a school which would vary according to the range of responsibilities chosen to accept.
Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: "Education features strongly in Cardiff's Capital Ambition and we are committed to ensuring that every child attends a good or excellent school.
"To deliver this, our schools need good school governance and it is the support, skills and expertise from governing bodies which help improve the lives of children and young people in the community."
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