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Pembrokeshire County Council leader coronavirus update, Monday 11th May

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Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson,
has provided a further coronavirus update for Monday, 11th May, as
follows:

‘I hope that you were able to have a restful Bank Holiday and that you
managed to take the opportunity to commemorate the VE Day
anniversary while still complying with the social distancing guidance.
‘I appreciate that over the weekend there has been information
discussed at UK and Welsh Government levels in relation to the
situation relating to Covid-19. You may have found some of this
confusing.

‘We are now seeing other countries slowly amending their lockdown
rules, albeit very mindful that this virus has not been totally
eradicated.

‘One of the clear key messages is that the virus has not gone away.
We are still tackling the pandemic and lives are still unfortunately
being lost. We need to continue to work together to ensure the
spread of the virus is minimised. Preservation of life is key.
‘The First Minister made it clear that in Wales “we will proceed with
maximum caution.”

‘I am also aware that in Wales the First Minister has announced some
minor changes to the “stay at home” regulations. However, the
fundamental principles are still in force.

‘The modest changes will allow people to go outside to exercise more
than once a day, but the law requires people to stay local; to start and
end exercise at their homes and not to travel to exercise.

‘The new regulations also allow garden centres to open. However,
social distancing must be adhered to.

‘To be clear: these adjustments do not change the Welsh
Government’s overall advice to people. This continues to be stay at
home; protect the NHS and save lives.

‘As you are aware, waste and recycling centres (WRCs) in
Pembrokeshire and across Wales were closed in accordance with
Government guidelines to “stay at home” as this was deemed non-
essential travel.

‘On Friday, 8 th May, the Welsh Government announced that it will be
reviewing the regulations to allow local authorities to begin planning
on how to safely re-open WRCs. I can confirm that our officers are
now working on plans to re-open them and I will give you further
updates as the details emerge.

‘I want to highlight that we are actively redeploying staff to assist with
numerous work streams such as our Community and Provider hubs,
and on those plans to re-open WRCs.

‘Our Human Resources team has supported this redeployment and I
want to thank them for all their hard work in relation to this and other
staffing issues.

‘As we continue in lockdown we all need to remain safe and ensure
we do not catch or pass on this virus.

‘Covid-19 has reshaped our lives. What we do now will determine
how we shape the future. It is vital that we adhere to the advice given
by Welsh Government to ensure Wales and Pembrokeshire gets
through this.

‘I feel very passionate about our county and we all need to ensure we
safeguard its future. We will rebound and Pembrokeshire will
welcome tourism back although now is not the time to re-open to
visitors.

‘The following coronavirus-related press releases have been issued
since my last update on Thursday:

 Business Urged To Take Part in CV Survey:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/businesses-
urged-to-take-part-in-coronavirus-impact-survey

 First Remote Meeting of Cabinet To Be Held:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/first-remote-
meeting-of-cabinet-to-be-held

 All-Wales Approach To Waste And Recycling Centres:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/pembs-working-
on-all-wales-approach-on-waste-and-recycling-centres

 Work To Resume on Some Construction Sites:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/work-set-to-
resume-at-some-county-construction-sites

‘Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources
regularly. Please find all assets here:
https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-
covid-19/coronavirus-resources/

‘Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom

‘And to get daily email updates, log onto our website and sign into My
Account at:
https://myaccount.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

‘Don’t risk catching or spreading the virus, why risk it? Remember:
Stay Strong, Stay Safe and Stay at Home. Thank you.’
Useful links:
 www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus   
 www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/coronafeirws
 https://phw.nhs.wales/
 Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru – Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19)
– Cyngor hunan-ynysu
 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-
19-list-of-guidance

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Drug drive arrest following routine check

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A MALE has been arrested following a positive roadside test.

The vehicle, which was stopped this morning, June 6, by the Pembrokeshire Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) was part of a routine check.

Traffic officers suspected the driver may be under the influence after smelling cannabis coming from the vehicle.

A roadside drug test was performed with a positive result with the drugswab provided. A small quantity of cannabis was also found inside the vehicle.

The cannabis was seized and the driver was arrested, later released under investigation, pending the male’s blood test result for the drug drive offence, out of court disposal for the possession.

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Campers from Cardiff sent packing

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PEMBROKESHIRE Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) have this morning, June 5, reported nine individuals for breaching coronavirus regulations.

The occupants of the three vehicles, all from the Cardiff area, had moved barriers that had been in place to close off the carpark to the public and set up camp for the night.

A Pembrokeshire RPU spokesperson said ‘Three vehicles from the Cardiff area located at Abereiddy this morning.

“The occupants of the vehicles, who’d travelled down overnight, had moved the barriers that had been used to close the car park. Having done so they then set up camp nearby.

“All nine persons present were reported for breaching coronavirus regulations. One was further dealt with by means of an out of court disposal for possession of cannabis.

“Rubbish cleaned up, car park closure reinstated, vehicles escorted out of Pembs.”

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Police urge visitors to ‘check the rules’

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POLICE in Powys are reminding people to check the rules before they travel, as tourists from the Midlands, London and Bristol continue to visit despite lockdown restrictions.

Last weekend more than 1,000 cars were turned around by police in the Brecon Beacons after visitors attempted to access the area around Ystradfellte known as ‘waterfall country’.

Many of those stopped claimed they thought the rules around travel were the same as in England, while others had deliberately flouted them.

Seventy-two per cent of people reported for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions in Powys since March 27 have been from outside the police force area.

“I would like to thank the communities of Powys for their cooperation in recent months in complying with requirements of the Covid 19 legislation and also reassure them we are still working hard with our partners to police the restrictions that remain in place across Wales,” said Superintendent Steve Davies.

“Our officers have worked hard to engage with the public at every opportunity throughout these unprecedented times by explaining what we are doing and why, and encouraging people to make the best choices to protect public health in Wales.

“But where people have clearly flouted the rules we have dealt with them appropriately and issued fines.”

He said officers will continue to conduct stop checks throughout Powys and across the force area this weekend.

In England, people can now travel an unlimited distance for exercise and to access so-called ‘beauty spots’.

But the Welsh Government has said people must remain local – ideally not travelling further than five miles from their home – for exercise or limited leisure pursuits, and this also applies to anyone travelling across the border.

Wales’ three national parks – which include popular sites such as Snowdon, the Elan valley and the Pembrokeshire coast – currently remain closed to the public, as do all National Trust car parks and properties.

The latest Welsh Government advice is available at gov.wales/coronavirus.

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