RESPECT, protect and enjoy the Cardigan area – that’s the message from local authorities

as businesses start to trade again, people begin returning to work and more leisure facilities open up once more.

As the Teifi Valley continues its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic more people are now getting out and about, but extra care needs to be taken to help stop the spread.

New measures have been put in place across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire and plenty of signage is being put in place to remind people – both locals and visitors - to be socially responsible.

People are asked to:

  • Respect – guidelines, safety measures, local communities and others around you
  • Protect – yourself, other people, and critical services; stay home if you’re unwell and wash your hands often
  • Enjoy – spend your leisure time safely and support local businesses get back on their feet

A spokesperson for Ceredigion County Council said: “Ceredigion has been doing very well in keeping the cases of the coronavirus low. However, these changes don’t mean that the virus has gone away and we need to remain cautious and vigilant.

“We all still have a responsibility to maintain social distancing, exercise good hand hygiene and think carefully about where we go and why. Residents are urged to stay local and support local wherever possible.

“Our continued actions will keep Ceredigion safe. If we decide to visit further afield, we need to respect the places and communities we visit, as we have done so well locally.

“We will also be asking visitors to Ceredigion to respect our communities and to maintain social distancing at all times.”

Cllr Emlyn Dole, leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We’re so pleased to finally be coming out the other side of this pandemic and beginning to see things returning to some kind of normality.

“But it’s so important to remember that this virus hasn’t yet gone away – so our message to people is clear and simple. Respect, protect and enjoy Carmarthenshire.

“It’s very important that we all pay that respect to each other to help stop the spread of the virus and help the county recover.”

Pembrokeshire County Council leader Cllr David Simpson, said: “I do appreciate that this change will take time for us to adjust to as we have all been so used to ‘staying local’.

“I’m sure you will agree that easing the travel restriction will be a benefit to many although we still need to ensure we travel safely.

“Covid-19 has not gone away. We do need to think differently when we go out and about. So please ensure you pre-book your trip, think of what you need and be prepared for changes as you travel.

“Our businesses will look different; they are - or will be - set up to welcome people while ensuring it is safe for everyone. As you go around you will see signs to remind you of the Covid-19 guidance. Take note as you travel.

“Our car parks and toilets are now open giving everyone the facilities they need.

“And, from next Saturday, our accommodation providers - those who can - will be re-opening subject of course to the Covid-19 guidance. As always, please welcome any visitors with a smile.”