16 September 2020 16:39
The video will start in 8 Cancel Get the biggest stories sent straight to your inbox Sign up for regular updates and breaking news from WalesOnline Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Rhondda Cynon Taf county borough is set to be the second area in Wales to go into local lockdown following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, the Welsh Government has announced. RCT is the third largest local authority in Wales so the restrictions will affect a huge number of towns and villages and tens of thousands of people across the Rhondda, Cynon and Taff and Ely areas. It comes after Caerphilly borough went into local lockdown earlier this month. RCT restrictions will come into force at 6pm on Thursday, September 17. It will mean people who live locally won't be able to enter or leave the borough council area without a "reasonable excuse", but what places are actually included in the local lockdown?
Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now RCT local lockdown area The restrictions will apply to anywhere that is covered by the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, including Aberdare, Llantrisant, Talbot Green and Pontypridd. As well as Mountain Ash, Treherbert, Treorchy, Ferndale, Abercynon, Tonypandy, Porth, Llanharan and Hirwaun. RCT county borough borders Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly to the east and Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to the south. While Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot sit to the west and Powys to the north. Below are some of the areas impacted by the local lockdown in RCT county, although it is not an exhaustive list.
All licensed premises will have to close at 11pm in Rhondda Cynon Taf Cannot enter or leave the borough council area without a "reasonable excuse". This includes work, if people are unable to work from home, as well as making a compassionate visit to a loved one or to provide care. Rhondda Cynon Taff lockdown map: The areas of South Wales having new local restrictions, the rules explained and when they start The rules will come into effect at 6pm on Thursday, and will apply to he whole county, which is home to around 240,000 people Lockdown restrictions are being brought back in Rhondda Cynon Taff in Wales following a rise in coronavirus cases. The rules will come into effect at 6pm on Thursday, and will apply to he whole county, which is home to around 240,000 people. Rhondda Cynon Taff is the second Welsh county to have lockdown restrictions reimposed, after neighbouring Caerphilly suffered the same fate last week. The i newsletter cut through the noise Email address is invalid Email address is invalid Thank you for subscribing! Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. Rhondda Cynon Taff lockdown map The lockdown applies to the whole of Rhondda Cynon Taff county borough, in the south of Wales. This includes the towns of Aberdare and Pontypridd, which are both home to around 30,000 people. What are the lockdown restrictions? From 6pm on Thursday 18 September, people will not be allowed to enter or leave the county without a reasonable excuse, such as for work or school, or for essentials like food and medicine. You may drive through the county, so long as you don't get out of the car. All licensed pubs, bars and restaurants will have to close by 11pm every day – a measure that is not in place in Caerphilly. People will be banned from meeting people outside their households indoors. Outdoor meetings will continue to be allowed. Breaking the rules is punishable by fines starting at £60, but which can rise as high as £1,920, or unlimited fines in the courts. A review of the lockdown will take place in two weeks' time. Why have restrictions been brought back? Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething said there had been a "rapid" rise in cases in the county. There have been 82.1 infections per 100,000 people over the past seven days. This compares to 21.4 in the rest of Wales. Contact tracing teams managed to trace about half of the coronavirus cases in Rhondda Cynon Taff "back to a series of clusters within the borough", Mr Gething said at a press conference. "The rest are evidence of community transmission," he added. One cluster is associated with a rugby club and a pub in the lower Rhondda valley, while another is linked to a club outing to the Doncaster races. Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething said there had been "evidence of non compliance in many licensed premises across the borough," as well as evidence of the virus spreading between households. 11pm cut off "We now have evidence of wider community transmission in the borough, which means we need to take urgent action to control and, ultimately, reduce the spread of the virus and protect people's health," Gething added. "Coronavirus has not gone away. It is still circulating in communities across Wales. Its vital people stick to the rules." The county has seen 82.1 infections per 100,000 people over the past seven days. The local restrictions will be in place from 6pm on Thursday 17 September, including an 11pm curfew for pubs and bars. More than 50 licensed businesses in the county were visited by council officers over the weekend and several premises were closed. Gething said the measures would be kept "under constant review" with a formal review in two weeks time. The Minister added that he would not close pubs as doing so may encourage people to gather in private homes and not follow social distancing. "If there are no opportunities to drink in licenced premises we may see more people breaking the rules and drinking in each other's homes," he said. Local lockdowns Residents in Rhondda Cynon Taff cannot enter or leave the county unless they are travelling for work or education purposes, similar to local restrictions in Caerphilly. "People will be able to meet outdoors for the time being, people will not be able to meet members of their extended household indoors or form an extended household for the time being," Gething added. It comes as UKHospitality has called for more support for pubs involved in local lockdowns, warning of mass job losses. Pubs in Bolton, Greater Manchester were ordered to shut last week and told they could only operate as takeaways after the town recorded the highest rate of infections in the country. They cannot serve takeaways between the hours of 10pm-5am.