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New local Coronavirus restrictions for Bangor

Following a steep rise in Covid-19 cases in Bangor over recent days, new local restrictions will be introduced for the city from 6pm on Saturday, 10 October.

Published: Saturday 10 October 2020

There has been a significant increase in positive Covid-19 cases in Gwynedd over the past seven days. Of these, around two-thirds are in the Bangor city area and local public health officers expect these numbers to continue rising over the coming week.

The ‘health protection zone’ restrictions will mean that people living in the Bangor city area:

- will need to avoid travelling in and out of Bangor without a valid reason to do so such as travelling for work for those who can’t work from home, travelling for education or to attend a health appointment;
- will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors. They will not be able to form, or be a part of, extended households (sometimes referred to as a “bubble”).

Residents living in the rest of Gwynedd or further afield will not be able to enter Bangor without a valid reason such as travelling for work for those who cannot work from home or attending a health appointment. School pupils and students will be able to travel in and out of the Bangor Health Protection Zone to attend their school, college or university.

Bangor shops – including the retail parks and Tesco supermarket along Caernarfon Road - will remain open for the city’s residents. People living outside the city should make every effort to avoid visiting Bangor shops including the retail areas on the outskirts of the city for the time being, and only do so if they are buying essential items where there is no reasonable alternative to using shops within the Bangor Health Zone. However, in most cases it would be expected that there are alternative options, even if this involves travelling a little further than normal. Signage will be installed on all the main routes into the city to ensure that the public are aware of the restrictions.

Leader of Gwynedd Council, Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn said: “Gwynedd Council and our partners fully support the Welsh Government’s decision to introduce temporary restrictions in Bangor. Acting now will help slow the rapid increase in positive cases in the city, break the chain of transmission and protect Bangor residents as well as the wider Gwynedd public.

“We fully appreciate that this action will have an impact on the people and businesses of the city. But by taking these steps now, we will hopefully be able to avoid stricter and more disruptive measures further down the line and get Bangor back to normal as soon as possible.”

A full list of restrictions will be available from the Welsh Government later.

Bangor BID remain committed to supporting local businesses throughout this difficult time. Any businesses owners with questions or concerns please contact Bangor BID via email or phone: 07584 945189

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