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Council Leader's coronavirus update: Friday, December 4th

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson, has provided a further coronavirus update for Friday 4th December, as follows:

‘As we now enter a new month, this will be the 10th month of me issuing my updates to you all.

‘I personally find it hard to comprehend how this virus has ruled our lives for the last 10 months. However, this week we have received good news that the vaccine is progressing – a light at the end of the tunnel. There will be more news on the vaccine programme locally to come over the next few days and weeks.

‘I’m also very aware that from 6pm tonight further restrictions are coming into force that will impact on many, particularly our hardworking and important hospitality industry in Pembrokeshire.

‘This link provides a list of frequently asked questions about the new restrictions:

‘I’m sure that everyone will be feeling excited but also uneasy as we head into the Christmas period, normally a time to rejoice and meet up with family.

‘However we all know that this year will be different and there are new rules to follow.

‘Between 23rd and 27th of December you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of no more than three households.

‘Please remember you can only be in one Christmas bubble and you cannot change your Christmas bubble.

‘You can travel anywhere in the UK for the purpose of meeting your Christmas bubble and returning home during that time period.

‘See more information here:

‘The rules have been put in place to try to keep a lid on the virus at the time of the year when people get together the most.

‘Please follow the rules for everyone’s benefit.

‘I’m also very mindful that students studying away, have also been hit by the pandemic and will be starting to think about coming home.

“I’d like to request that everyone please follows the specific guidance put in place for students returning home to stop the spread of the virus.

‘The main message is not to travel if you have coronavirus symptoms, have received a positive test or been asked to self-isolate by a contact tracer.

‘If your place of study is offering rapid tests I would urge you to take up that offer to ensure you are not bringing the virus home to family.

‘There is more information for students on travelling home for Christmas here:

‘Finally I would urge everyone to go back to basics to keep this virus from spreading further before Christmas.

‘Unfortunately the number of Covid case in Pembrokeshire has risen over the past few weeks, so we all need to keep working together, keep doing the right things.

‘I know we could all repeat the message off by heart by now, but it remains just as important as ever.

‘Washing hands regularly, staying 2m from anyone outside of your extended household and wearing a face covering where required DOES make a difference.

‘Thank you for all your efforts so far. Keep safe.’

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


·         Case confirmed at Haverfordwest High

·         LRC pupils at Ysgol Glannau Gwaun to self-isolate

·         Pufferfish class at Tenby VC to self-isolate

·         Council’s response to First Minister’s announcement

·         Year 10 pupils at Haverfordwest High VC to self-isolate

·         Winter well-being flyer

·         Class 3 at St Oswald’s School to self-isolate

·         Back to basics call

·         Business grants info coming soon

·         Christmas advice for people who have been shielding

·         Day centres close temporarily as precaution

·         Schools to stay open until end of term as planned


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