Over the past few months, people and communities in Gwynedd have made a heroic effort to stop the spread of Covid-19. First by following the lockdown rules and responding in a responsible manner to the gradual relaxation to the rules that occurred over the summer.
But with cases now generally rising and new measures being introduced by the Welsh Government, Gwynedd Council is urging residents to continue to follow social distancing measures.
Gwynedd Council Leader, Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, said: “We should all be proud of the way that the people and communities of Gwynedd have responded to the situation. As Leader of the Council, I would like to sincerely thank the people of Gwynedd for their effort and sacrifice in the way they have respected the rules to keep our communities safe.
"With many Council services now re-opening, pupils returning to school and shops and businesses opening, things have returned to a new kind of normality.
"However, the increase in the number of cases recorded over the last few days confirms that it would be foolish to think that the Coronavirus has disappeared. In fact, it is more important than ever that we adhere to social isolation measures to avoid a second wave of infection.
“We must all keep up the good work by maintaining social distance, regular hand washing and wearing a face mask in public indoor areas in line with the new Welsh Government rules.
"By doing this, we will protect our own health and that of our loved ones, and also our health and care services as we approach winter and avoid a situation where businesses and organisations would have to close their doors a second time."
Dilwyn Williams, Gwynedd Council Chief Executive, added: "Over the past few months, Council staff, other public services and an army of volunteers have gone the extra mile to keep the people of Gwynedd safe.
“By now, a significant number of Gwynedd Council services have been safely reintroduced and children and young people have returned to the classroom. In order to do this, detailed preparatory work has taken place, and we continue to regularly review and adjust the arrangements in accordance with the latest Welsh Government instructions.
“Alongside this, Council staff also play a key role in tracing contacts, supporting vulnerable people and ensuring that premises follow the rules to protect the public.
“We are now at a crossroads, and we all have a part to play in preventing a second wave of infection. By following the rules, we as the people of Gwynedd can contribute directly to keeping our loved ones and the county's most vulnerable people safe.
"Although the traditional holiday season has come to an end, many people still visit Gwynedd and we are again calling on them to act responsibly, to respect local communities and above all to comply with the Welsh Government’s social distancing rules.
"So, in conclusion, the message to the people of Gwynedd and anyone who visits the county is simple - keep following the rules in order to keep yourself, your families and your community safe."
To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, it is important that people:
· Always maintain a social distance of 2 metres
· Wash hands regularly
· Wearing a face mask in public indoor areas
· If you are meeting people from another household, who are not part of your extended household, please do so outdoors. You should not socialize with people who are not part of your household or extended family
· Work from home if possible.
Stay at home and schedule a test if you or anyone in your extended household has symptoms. If you receive a request from the Testing, Tracking and Safeguarding Service to self-isolate because you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the infection, it is important that you comply for the benefit of the whole community.