Bridgend County Borough Council will introduce temporary changes to day services for adults with learning disabilities and older people next week in order to protect vulnerable adults and ensure that other vital care services can continue.
The announcement follows latest figures from Public Health Wales which have revealed that there are now more than 10,300 new cases of coronavirus across Wales, 420 of which have been recorded within Bridgend County Borough within the last 24 hours.
The changes will mean that from Monday 3 January 2022, only a limited number of individuals will access day services until further notice, and the council will prioritise those who can be supported. Some people will receive support at home, and staff and other resources will be re-directed to ensure this support is in place.
Cllr Jane Gebbie, Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help, said: “All across the region, health and social care services are operating under huge pressures and in the face of extremely challenging conditions.
“Our priority continues to focus on ensuring that everyone can receive the support they need in settings that pose the least risk to them.
“In order to achieve this, these temporary changes are necessary as they will help to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus while also enabling us to maximise our resources, and direct them at where they are most needed.
“With council staff contacting day service users to ensure they are aware of the temporary changes, the situation is being regularly reviewed and further announcements will be made soon.
In other pandemic developments, the self-isolation period for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 has been cut from 10 to 7 days. Anyone self-isolating should take lateral flow tests on day six and day seven of their isolation period. If both test results are negative, there will be no need to continue to self-isolate.
If either of the test results are positive, people will need to continue to self-isolate until they have two negative results which are 24 hours apart, or 10 days have passed from the original positive result – whichever is soonest. Lateral flow tests can be ordered online for home delivery or collected from a local participating pharmacy.
Under other current arrangements, two-metre social distancing remains necessary in all premises that are open to the public, including workplaces, and a maximum of six people can gather together in regulated premises such as cinemas, theatres, restaurants, cafes and other hospitality venues.
Table service and the collection of contact details have been reintroduced at all licensed premises, and face coverings are required in hospitality settings at all times apart from when seated.
A maximum of 30 people can gather for an indoor event, while outdoor events can be attended by up to 50 people. Up to 50 people can also gather to watch team sports, and there is an exception for children’s events.
There are no restrictions on how many can mix at home, in gardens, outdoors or within holiday accommodation, but people are being advised to exercise common sense and caution, and to limit the number of visitors they invite into their homes.
People are also encouraged to take lateral flow tests the morning before a planned visit, maintain strong hand hygiene and social distancing, and to try to meet outdoors or in well-ventilated indoor spaces wherever possible.
Vaccinations and boosters are continuing at the Ravens Court vaccination centre in Bridgend (CF31 4AP), and mobile testing remains available for anyone experiencing symptoms of coronavirus.
A drive-through testing facility is available at the former Revlon site in Maesteg (CF34 9TS) between 9am to 5pm. Drive-through testing is also available at Coity and Litchard Community Centre (CF31 1PA) from 9am-5pm.
A walk-through testing centre is available at the Bowls Hall car park in Angel Street, Bridgend (CF31 4AH) between 8am-8pm – please note that booking remains essential across all three sites.
You can arrange testing appointments by visiting the Welsh Government website or calling 119. If you have hearing or speech difficulties, you can call 18001119 as an alternative.
For more information about Covid-19 testing and vaccinations, visit the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board website.