Localised Coronavirus restrictions are to be imposed in the Rhondda Cynon Taf Council area in Wales from 6pm on Thursday following a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the area.
Announcing the new restrictions on Wednesday, Health Minister Vaughan Gething said that there had been a ‘rapid rise’ in cases in the area ‘in a very short space of time’, adding that the cases were largely being linked to people socialising indoors without following social distancing guidelines.
From 6pm on Thursday 17 September, people will not be allowed to enter or leave the Rhondda Cynon Taf Council area in South Wales without a reasonable excuse. People will only be able to meet others outdoors, and all licensed premises in the area will have to close by 11pm.
The rules on extended households in Wales will be suspended in the area impacted by the new localised restrictions, meaning people will not be allowed to meet members of their extended household indoors, nor will they be allowed to form an extended household.
The measures being introduced will be kept under review, but could be increased if cases do not fall, the Welsh Government has said.
According to the latest figures, the rolling seven-day new case rate is 82.1 per 100,000 people in Rhondda Cynon Taf, while yesterday, the area had the highest Coronavirus test positivity rate in Wales.
Last week, localised restrictions were introduced in the Caerphilly County Borough Council area due to a rise in cases, and on Monday, new rules came into effect for the rest of Wales banning gatherings of more than six people in indoor settings in the country.