An open letter to residents, businesses and partners across the Caerphilly county borough
Posted on : 23 Oct 2020
As we count down the hours to the start of the two week ‘fire break’ at 6pm this evening, we wanted to take this opportunity to appeal to everyone to make this Wales-wide lockdown a success.
Everyone knows what they need to do over the next two weeks and we all recognise the importance of getting this lockdown right. Now is not the time for arguing about the rights and wrongs of this approach. The simple fact is that we need to make the fire break works and this can only be achieved if we all comply with the rules and adjust our behaviour accordingly.
We have a narrow window of opportunity to show the rest of the UK and the rest of the world what can be achieved if we all pull together as a nation in an individual and collective effort to tackle coronavirus in our community.
Many of you are asking what is going to happen at the end of the 2 week period. This will very much depend on how successful the lockdown is. It is likely that some level of national restrictions will be in place afterwards and we are working with Welsh Government to develop these. However, the scale of these future measures will be influenced by how much we can reduce the ‘R’ rate over the coming weeks.
The scientific modelling indicates that the current all Wales ‘R’ number is1.4, which should reduce to approximately 0.8 following the fire break. This reduction obviously relies on each of us playing our part and complying with the restrictions. The modelling also indicates that without this fire break intervention, case numbers could rise to the levels we experienced earlier in the year and beyond. We know that the virus only needs a few people who don’t comply with the measures, to take hold and increase rapidly and significantly.
The following link takes you to a useful document which sets out the evidence base behind the Ministerial decisions around the introduction of the fire break:
In terms of disruption to council services, there will be a number of areas affected by the new restrictions, including the closure of our civic amenity sites, leisure centres, tourist venues and libraries. However, our parks, playgrounds and open spaces will remain open throughout the next two weeks and we encourage you to use them for your daily exercise. They really will make you feel a lot better! Full details can be found here:
In closing, we really are facing a pivotal moment in our fight against this virus. The next two weeks are critical and will determine the strategic direction of Wales as a nation in responding to coronavirus, so our future really is in your hands.
Cllr Philippa Marsden Christina Harrhy
Leader of Council Chief Executive