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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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Covid alert level lowered for whole of UK

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THE COVID alert level for all four nations of the United Kingdom has been lowered to alert level 4.

The decision comes following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in light of the most recent data.

In recent weeks, the R-rate and the number of covid cases has been on the decline.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton said: “Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the four UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 5 to level 4 in all four nations.

“The health services across the four nations remain under significant pressure with a high number of patients in hospital, however thanks to the efforts of public we are now seeing numbers consistently declining, and the threat of the NHS and other health services being overwhelmed within 21 days has receded.

“We should be under no illusions – transmission rates, hospital pressures and deaths are still very high. In time, the vaccines will have a major impact and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they receive the offer. However for the time being it is really important that we all – vaccinated or not – remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines.

“We know how difficult the situation has been and remains to be for healthcare workers, we thank them for their immense effort, skill and professionalism throughout the pandemic.”

Under the Welsh Government’s Alert level 4 restrictions, schools and colleges, places of worship, community centres, playgrounds and public parks are among those that can be opened.

Theatres, entertainment venues, leisure facilities and outdoor visitors attractions are among the places that must remain close while the country is in Alert Level 4.

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Postmaster and politicians welcome Goodwick cash machine U-turn

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GOODWICK post office will now be keeping its ATM, after a U-turn by Post Office Ltd.

The machine was due to be removed within months with the post master, Jon Moverley saying that it would be a disaster for the village.

If the ATM had been removed, there would have been just two 24-hour ATMs serving the whole of Fishguard and Goodwick in the short term and three when the Co-op renovations are completed.

Both politicians and local residents then got behind the campaign to keep the ATM

Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies and Stephen Crabb have welcomed the news that Goodwick post office is now set to keep its ATM facility. Following representations made by both politicians to the Post Office, it’s now been confirmed that Goodwick Post Office will be included in the rollout of ATM machines across the post office network.

Mr Davies said “This is really welcome news. I’m pleased that the Post Office has listened to the representations made by the local community and decided to retain the ATM at Goodwick post office. The facility is so important for local people and businesses and it’s great that that’s been recognised and the Post Office has committed to keeping it.”

Following the Post Office’s decision to invest in Goodwick’s ATM rather than remove it, Stephen Crabb MP, who campaigned for the ATM to stay, commented: “It’s great news that the Post Office has overturned its own decision and will be keeping an ATM machine in Goodwick.

“Access to cash continues to be incredibly important for a number of people and businesses and I’m pleased to have played my part in working with John from the Post Office in Goodwick, Paul Davies MS and the wider community to highlight the ATMs importance to the area. It shows what can be achieved when we work together.”

The postmaster described the news as ‘brilliant’. Mr Moverley thanked supporters.

He said “Many thanks to all of you who have used the machine and complained to POL about the removal. We were also supported by our MP, MS and mayor, the National Federation of Sub-postmasters and our Chamber of Trade.

“Everyone did their bit, and it says an enormous amount about the strength of the community.

“We are delighted that locals and so many other people have come together to save this essential facility in the village.”

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Judith Rhead murder: Police appeal to public for information

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE can confirm it is appealing for information after the death of a 68-year-old woman from Pembroke Dock.

Judith Rhead’s body was discovered in a property in Market Street on Saturday, February 20.

Dale Morgan, aged 43, has been charged with her murder and was remanded into custody on Thursday (Feb 25).

Morgan is due to appear at Swansea Crown Court tomorrow, police have confirmed.

A spokesman said: “The force has set up an online portal where the public can share any information they feel might help investigators with their enquiries.

“Specifically, police would like to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Judith between November 2020 and February 2021.”

Detectives said that they would also like to speak to anyone who has information about Dale Morgan’s movements on February 19 or 20, or who believes they have other information that could assist the investigation.

To share information to the police via the portal, please click here.

Alternatively, you can also contact the force by calling the non-emergency number, 101.

 

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