National coronavirus fire-break – Leader's comment
Posted on Tuesday 20th October 2020
A message from Councillor Jane Mudd, Leader of Newport City Council, following the announcement that a “fire-break” will be introduced across Wales at the end of this week:
“There is no doubt that in Newport we have pulled together – residents, businesses and partners to stem the increase in Covid-19 cases in the city over recent weeks – and for that I give my personal thanks.
“However, cases of coronavirus have continued to rise sharply across Wales and as winter approaches, additional measures had to be considered.
“Our partners at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have reported on the increasing numbers of cases being seen at The Royal Gwent Hospital and their other facilities across Gwent – we have to do everything we can to protect the NHS and our critical services.
“It will not be easy – for individuals, families, communities or businesses – but I urge your support for this approach so that we can avoid a longer and deeper lockdown.
“Wellbeing and mental health must also be a key focus over this period. I am pleased that we have been supported to keep our parks, opens spaces and playgrounds open and would encourage residents to use our excellent facilities, but please remember to stay safe and observe social distancing at all times.
“Further support for affected businesses has also been announced and our business support team will continue to be on-hand to advise, support and assist Newport businesses who may have questions or issues.
“We also felt it important to maintain some consistency for our young people who have been so deeply affected over the last six months. Continuing education for the majority of our pupils is a positive step for both their education and their general wellbeing. But can I please again urge people to follow social distancing guidance when going to and from school, and should you have any symptoms or be asked to isolate, you take the necessary precautions.
“I am grateful that Welsh Government engaged with us and other local authorities when considering the next steps for Wales as a whole and I remain fully committed to ensuring Newport’s best interests are represented in those discussions. “Discussions over the next few days will focus on how things will look after the fire-break and how Newport will resume services in the safest way possible.
“For now, we need to commit to this extra push – we can do this, we can work together to keep Newport safe.”