COVID-19 BARRY UPDATE. Another week and another change to the Welsh Government rules to help us through this Coronavirus Pandemic. South Wales Police continue to ensure that everyone abides by the rules.
Welsh Authorities are making huge efforts to avoid the problems associated with an influx of visitors whilst we remain in lockdown.
DURING LOCKDOWN FOR COVID-19 BARRY BEACHES ARE FOR
LOCAL RESIDENTS ONLY
ON JUNE 1ST 2020, the Welsh Government outlined the first tentative steps out of lockdown. They adopted a far more cautious approach than the UK government, keeping changes to a bare minimum so that they can effectively monitor any changes in infection rates.
Welsh Government announced that people from two different households can now meet outdoors provided they maintain social distancing and stay within five miles of their home.
A sunny day, a selfie on the beach and the whole world seems a little brighter.
We really are lucky to live so close to so many beautiful beaches, coves and countryside where we can take a break from lockdown.
The estimated 130,000 vulnerable and at-risk people in Wales who have been “shielding” at home were also given the go-ahead for exercise outdoors and meeting people from other households.
It has been stressed, however, that they should not go into another person’s house or share food at this stage.
People who are shielding have also been reminded that they should continue to follow all the other advice previously given.
For example, they should still not go shopping or attend work outside of their home.
They should continue to have food and medicine delivered to them of possible.
The Welsh Government 5 mile ban makes it safer for those who are more vulnerable to enjoy some time outside their home in the fresh air without fear of being caught in crowds of day trippers.
Sylvia and Joan who live on The Knap in Barry had an enjoyable chat and spent some time in the sunshine after spending the last 10 weeks in lockdown.
They were very complimentary regarding the Welsh Government’s approach saying it was easy to understand what you could, and could not do.
They said they found Boris Johnsons instructions very confusing but praised First Minister Mark Drakeford for his clear and concise delivery.
They thought the cautious approach was the correct one.
The Lockdown changes have allowed Lola and Andrea to venture out together for the first time since March.
They said it felt really reassuring that people around the beach were sticking to the rules and that made them feel a lot safer outdoors.
COVID-19 BARRY; The following advice comes from Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, who said:
“Risk can never be completely eliminated but we advise those shielding to exercise at times that are less busy, so the risk of contact with others is reduced.
We have advised everyone in Wales to maintain social distance of 2 metres and keep good hygiene when meeting outdoors. For those who are shielding, strictly following these rules is vital.“
Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething said:
“I am pleased that so many have been shielding so diligently – not only protecting themselves but also helping to protect our NHS. We recognise how challenging these last few months, with minimal face-to-face contact with others, has been.
I am incredibly proud of all those who have and continue to provide the vital support to enable people to shield. Our Local Authority partners, pharmacies, volunteers and major food retailers have all pulled together to make shielding possible.“
The Chief Medical Officer for WALES is continuing to develop his advice for shielding people after 15 June and everyone shielding should receive a letter in the coming fortnight setting out the next steps..
Cars, for now, remain parked.
The lockdown has increased participation in a range of healthy activities.
These lucky guys enjoy their new bikes, bought for lockdown.
Time spent exercising in the fresh air and sunshine is so good for the soul.
Barry Island Beach and members of the public keep safe distance from each other
The vast majority of residents in Barry, old and young are taking their time outside responsibly with proper regard for all safety rules.
DURING COVID-19 BARRY POLICE REMAIN IMPORTANT FRONTLINE KEYWORKERS TO KEEP US SAFE
We saw police officers stationed again at the entrance and exit to Barry Island, making sure that all visitors to the beaches were local.
Those slipping through the net and finding their way onto the sand and rocks were moved on by regular patrols.
Visible policing and monitoring of cars and visitors keeps us safe from the risk of infection of Covid -19 being brought in to Barry from other communities.
Something, surely, we should all be grateful for.
WHILE TAKING THESE PHOTOGRAPHS, HOWEVER, A VERY UNPLEASANT INCIDENT OCCURRED.
A silver corsa drove past, close to where we were standing and the female driver shouted extremely offensive verbal abuse to the officers including calling them
This apparently is not unusual, its is, the officers tell us, par for the course.
How can anyone clap for our key workers one minute then hurl abuse at them the next. This is terrible way to treat officers who are doing the very best they can to keep residents in Barry safe in a pandemic!
SO WE WANT TO REITERATE OUR APPRECIATION AND SAY
TO SOUTH WALES POLICE
The Welsh Government and Vale of Glamorgan Council.
We have all been able to undertake our daily exercise and walk along our coastline safely, protected from the nightmarish scenes we have seen in Brighton and other seaside resorts in England.
We feel confident, at the moment, that in Wale the powers that be consider life and health to be far more important than economy.
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