Those who have attended pubs in Cardigan over the last two weeks have been asked to take extra precautionary measures as evidence emerges that the coronavirus is spreading in the community.
Ceredigion Council said that the community transmission derives from a cluster of cases following social events at pubs in the town, with the potential of hundreds of contacts being affected.
Anyone who went to either The Bell or Red Lion Cardigan on or after 9 November 2020 have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the date they last visited either public house.
“If you are a close contact of someone who visited the premises after 9 November 2020, you must be particularly vigilant and refer yourself for a test if you feel at all unwell,” they said.
“This will help stop the coronavirus from spreading. Both premises have now voluntarily closed.”
Yesterday Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire councils decided to close 12 schools in the counties over concerns about the spread of Covid-19.
Ceredigon, which has had the lowest number of positive Covid-19 infections in Wales so far, said that a “significant number” of positive cases were connected to numerous contacts in the Cardigan area.
Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi, Ysgol Gynradd Aberteifi, Ysgol Gynradd Penparc, Ysgol Gynradd Aberporth, Ysgol Gynradd T.Llew Jones, Ysgol Gynradd Llechryd and Ysgol Gynradd Cenarth will be closed from tomorrow.
In the north of Pembrokeshire, Ysgol y Preseli, Ysgol y Frenni Ysgol Eglwyswrw, Ysgol Llandudoch and Ysgol Cilgerran are closing.
Ceredigion Senedd Member Elin Jones said the incidence of covid over 7 days in the Cardigan/Aberporth area was at 202 per 100,000.
“That’s sky-high by Ceredigion standards,” she said. “The Council has taken immediate action in shutting all schools and educational establishments for two weeks. Many retail and hospitality businesses are needing to close.
“My understanding is that some people ignoring coronavirus rules has led to this worrying situation, holding parties in homes. A small minority putting everybody’s health at risk in the Cardigan area.
“Please stay safe everybody, and keep to the rules. No part of Ceredigion is immune to this virus and its horrible consequences. Thanks to all working on containing this outbreak in the Cardigan area. Diolch bawb.”