Statement by the Leader and Chief Executive of Gwynedd Council (24 March 2020)
The latest situation
Residents will be aware of the statement made by the UK Prime Minister last night (23/3/20) regarding the measures we must all take to try to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Full details of the directions issued from the UK Government can be seen here.
It is essential that we all follow these directions to ensure that our Health and Care Services are able to cope with the significant impact the virus will have on Gwynedd residents.
People should only leave their homes for one of four reasons, which are:
- shopping for basic necessities, e.g. food and medicine. This should be as infrequent as possible;
- one form of exercise a day, e.g. a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household;
- any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;
- travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
The Council's priorities over the coming period will be to maintain the activities that:
1. Provide childcare for key workers;
2. Support children and vulnerable adults;
3. Collect refuse from homes;
4. Play our part in supporting businesses;
5. Any other activities that saves lives.
This means that those services that do not fall into these categories will be suspended for the time being, or where staff will provide these services but take longer to deliver them than usual. View a list of services that have been suspended or reduced.
As noted, supporting Gwynedd businesses is one of the Council’s five key priorities. Information about the latest advice and support for businesses can be seen on the Welsh Government website and a specific information package for Gwynedd businesses will be posted on the business pages on the Council website over the coming days.
It must be stressed that this is an effort to ensure that we play a full role in try to limit the spread of the virus. We are doing this by reducing the opportunities for Covid-19 to transfer from one person to another but at the same time trying to ensure that we can continue to support the residents of Gwynedd with the most important things.
The Council’s reception areas (Siopau Gwynedd) are now closed, and if you have an urgent matter that you really need to discuss with the Council, you should do so online if possible, or otherwise over the phone.
Contact us online
Phone: 01766 771000.
If it is not an urgent matter, we suggest you wait until the crisis has eased to avoid distracting our staff from doing what is really needed (the 5 priorities above).
We understand that this difficult period creates real anxiety for people, but we are confident that Gwynedd's people, businesses and organisations will adhere to the national expectations, and contribute fully to the community effort needed to protect the most vulnerable.
Please stay safe.
Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, Leader of Gwynedd Council
Dilwyn O. Williams, Chief Executive of Gwynedd Council