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Below is a Statement issued by the Leader of the council, Councillor Emlyn Dole:
It’s almost a week now since a large part of Llanelli was designated a ‘health protection zone’ following a spike in Covid-19 cases in the area.
I want to say THANK YOU.
I cannot thank you enough for all you are doing to protect your loved ones, your families and friends. I can assure you that all your efforts and sacrifices will make a big difference.
It is vital we keep on following the rules and do all we can to stop the spread - we all have a part to play in this, and together we will come through it.
Please follow the advice on self-isolation and if you have any symptoms, get a test.
We are working closely with the health board and they have increased testing capacity in the town so there is no need to travel far.
If you do test positive, please work with our Test, Trace, Protect teams so that we can trace anyone you may have come into contact with.
This is now part of our ‘new normal’, and you should not be alarmed, but should listen carefully to their advice.
As promised, we have increased our monitoring and enforcement – in the last week, our enforcement team, with support from Dyfed-Powys Police, has visited more than 100 business premises to offer advice and support
We are grateful to local businesses who, on the whole, are providing a safe environment for their customers. And where they have fallen short, action has been taken.
As a result, a total of seven closure notices and five improvement notices have been issued for breaches of coronavirus regulations.
We will continue to monitor the infection rates, the effectiveness of the measures that have been introduced and the compliance of residents and businesses, working closely with our key partners, Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.
However, it is still very early days and residents - not only in Llanelli, but across Carmarthenshire - are being urged to please continue to follow the advice around social distancing, washing hands, face coverings, self-isolation and testing.
We know what we need to do to stop the spread, and together we will beat this and ‘keep Carmarthenshire safe’.