Author: Lyndsey Maiden

Covid update Llanelli area

As you may be aware, there is a concerning growth in positive Covid-19 cases in Carmarthenshire, concentrated in the Llanelli area.

We have been involved in lengthy discussions with colleagues at Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board, and this afternoon have made a joint decision to introduce new restrictions for a large part of the Llanelli area as part of our efforts to stop the spread.

We are in the process of communicating to residents in the affected areas and speaking personally to local Members to provide as much information as we can.

It’s really important that our messaging on this is clear, therefore we would be grateful if you would share information from our website and social media feeds as an official source.

As well as outlining the new local restrictions, we are developing a range of frequently asked questions and will be adding to these over the coming days so please return to check for updates.

As always, thank you for your cooperation and for helping us keep our communities informed.

The new local restrictions for the Llanelli area as ofSaturday, September 26, 2020 at 6pm are:  

  • people will not be allowed to enter or leave the defined area of Llanelli without a reasonable excuse
  • people will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household (sometimes called a “bubble”)
  • this means meeting indoors with anyone who is not part of your household (people you live with) is not allowed at the moment, unless you have a good reason, such as providing care to a vulnerable person
  • all licensed premises must stop serving alcohol at 10pm and will have to close at 10.20pm
  • people must work from home wherever possible

The specific wards covered in the defined area of Llanelli are:

  • Bigyn 
  • Bynea
  • Dafen
  • Elli
  • Felinfoel
  • Glanymor
  • Hendy
  • Hengoed
  • Llangennech
  • Lliedi
  • Llwynhendy
  • Tyisha
  • Swiss Valley

Residents can check if they live in one of these restricted areas by visiting and entering their post code. 

You will also be able to find answers to a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions on the website.


A mobile testing unit has been set up in Llanelli to manage the increased demand. Testing for Llanelli residents is available by appointment at the following locations:

  • Parc y Scarlets Car Park B, accessed via Trostre Retail Park, in Llanelli
  • The Ty’r Nant site (next to KFC), Trostre, Llanelli
  • The Carmarthen showground (signposted in both directions off the A40)

There should be no reason for Llanelli residents to travel excessive distances for a test, as there will be tests available in Llanelli and Carmarthen.

Tests should be booked via the UK Portal. Any Llanelli residents experiencing difficulty booking a test locally via the UK portal can instead or by calling 0300 333 2222.

Latest Carmarthenshire Covid News

With the situation in Wales changing day by day, the Welsh Government is frequently updating its rules and guidelines – I fully appreciate how difficult it is to keep up with the pace and range of changes, but it’s so important that we do. As I’m sure you’re aware, there is lots of advice, answers to frequently asked questions and links to the full legislation on the Welsh Government and Carmarthenshire County Council websites.

One of the main issues that has come to light recently, where the message needs to be reinforced, is that around the gathering of people and indoor events.

The general rule is that you cannot socially meet indoors with people who aren’t in your household or extended household. In addition, as of 14 September, meetings or gatherings indoors even within your extended household must be limited to 6 people (not including any children aged under 11). This also applies in places like pubs and restaurants as well as in people’s homes.

Of course, many Town and Community Councils own and operate social venues like sport clubs and community halls, and it’s very important that people are properly advised regarding reopening these premises and before attempting to organise an event in one of your venues. Welsh law imposes restrictions on people gathering indoors with others without a reasonable excuse and this generally means that any activities being carried on within your venues should have a reasonable excuse to do so.

It is not permitted to arrange to meet people outside your household or extended household to go anywhere indoors together, such as shops, cafes, restaurants, bars or pubs. Likewise, you should not arrange for children to go somewhere indoors together, such as cinemas or amusement arcades, unless they are part of the same household or extended household.

Whilst gatherings of up to 30 people are permitted outdoors it is expected that adults and children should continue to maintain social distancing whenever possible from people outside their household, or extended household.

You are very well placed as community leaders to ensure that this message is clear.

As you may have seen in the media, our officers are visiting venues across Carmarthenshire to ensure compliance with the Covid-19 measures. Whilst they are happy to help wherever they can by offering advice and information, the onus and responsibility is on the person responsible for the premises to ensure they are up to speed with legislation and have everything in order. As above, there are plenty of sources of information on the Welsh Government and County Council websites.

Lastly, at this time of year many of us are usually involved in organising community events in the run up to the winter season. In Llanelli, we have already made a decision to cancel the annual Christmas Carnival – this was a tough decision, but the right one. I’m sure you will exercise similar caution, with heed to the Welsh Government advice about community spread of the virus through large gatherings of people.

Re-opening community centres / village halls

As of the 14th August 2020, all community centres, village halls, church halls and other community centres owned or controlled by a public authority or a body of persons which may provide for the physical, social, cultural or intellectual development or welfare of the community, have been able to open for some permitted activities.

Whilst community centres, village halls, and other multi-use community facilities support a wide range of local activity and are allowed to open, their communal nature also makes them places that are vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus. As such, organisers of these multi purpose community centres must ensure that ‘gatherings’ are not permitted within the premises and must also ensure that where an activity is taking place at the premises that it meets the definition of a ‘reasonable excuse’. Full details of what is defined as a gathering and considered a reasonable excuse is available on the website.

Examples of activities permitted under the regulations include:

Exercise classes – no more than 30 people
Dance classes – no more than 30 people
Childcare facility
Children’s holiday club
Supervised activities for children, for example: scouts, guides, brownies etc
Wedding parties and funeral celebrations – no more than 30 people
Medical or health services for example: Slimming world, counselling. These must be by appointment on a 1 to 1 basis.
Donate blood
Food bank
You cannot open for the following activities:

Dog obedience classes
Meetings / AGMS
Merched y Wawr / WI groups
Indoor food market
Drama group
Choir practice
Gardening club
Educational classes
Art class
Band practice
Sewing/knitting club
Birthday parties
This is not an exhaustive list of activities that can and cannot take place in a community centre / village hall.

All reasonable measures must be taken to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus by:

maintaining a distance of 2 metres between people both inside the building and whilst queuing outside.
limiting close face to face interaction and maintaining hygiene
providing information to those entering or working at the premises about how to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus.
As part of the NHS Wales test, trace and protect service you must collect contact information from anyone attending the premises and retain it for 21 days. Further guidance on how this should be carried out is available on the Welsh Government website.

We will continue to update this page as we receive further guidance from Welsh Government.

Support to improve broadband connectivity

Does your community have difficulty in accessing high speed broadband? If so, residents and businesses could be entitled to a broadband upgrade.

The government’s Broadband Upgrade Fund campaign launched in Carmarthenshire yesterday to help businesses, employees and countryside communities take advantage of all the benefits associated with faster and more reliable internet connections.

The government is offering rural residents up to £1,500 and small to medium sized businesses up to £3,500 to upgrade to gigabit broadband, which is capable of download speeds of 1 gigabit (1000 megabits) per second and is much faster than the current speeds experienced across Carmarthenshire.

Upgrading to gigabit broadband will mean homes and businesses in Carmarthenshire will have the world-class, future-proof and reliable internet connections they need to keep pace with new advances in technology, and the jobs and growth that comes with it, in the decades to come.

Encouraging communities to come together, residents and businesses can combine their interest to increase the overall fund the community is entitled to. Registration is open until 30 September 2020, and rural residents and business owners in Carmarthenshire are encouraged to check if they are eligible.

Some premises and business across Carmarthenshire will also be able to benefit from the Welsh Government’s top-up voucher scheme, taking the potential funding for individual premises up to £3,000 and up to £7,000 for businesses.

In most cases, the funding provided will pay for the cost of installing the new broadband provided there is enough properties in a group project.

We would appreciate if you could promote this within your communities.

For more details on this, contact