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RE: Remembrance 2020

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The Remembrance period is vitally important to us all, in order that we can honour the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community.

The Welsh Government fully appreciates that Local Authorities, town and community councils, along with charities and the Military, will be planning Remembrance activity for November 2020 and we want to ensure organisers have as much information available to them in order to plan Remembrance activity safely.

Given the current situation with Covid 19, it is clear that Remembrance this year will look somewhat different to previous years and will have to take account of the current situation, reflecting the regulations in place at the time to limit the spread of the virus. The Welsh Government will be marking the occasion, albeit in amended format, with participation at the opening of the Wales Field of Remembrance and Festival of Remembrance (online) led by the Royal British Legion, and the National Service of Remembrance which will take place in a limited capacity and subject to guidance at the time.

In order that organisers can adhere to guidelines and safely plan Acts of Remembrance, we are sharing the current national and local guidance for Wales regarding Covid 19. As this is a fast moving situation, we will circulate updates as they happen and would urge organisers to regularly check and monitor announcements regarding permitted activity relevant to the area. It is not possible to predict where we will be in November as you will appreciate but we hope the following guidance will help plan activity.

Rules for outdoor gatherings and places of worship, are included in the FAQs and we hope these will help the planning of Acts of Remembrance e.g. At War memorials.

Links / dolenni:

Coronavirus regulations – FAQs / Rheoliadau corona firws – Cwestiynau Cyffredin:

https://llyw.cymru/rheoliadau-coronafeirws-canllawiau?_ga=2.62663532.1967293491.1600772643-1165475327.1570627919

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

Local lockdown information / Gwybodaeth gloi leol:

https://llyw.cymru/cyfnod-clo-lleol?_ga=2.63662959.1967293491.1600772643-1165475327.1570627919

https://gov.wales/local-lockdown

Guidance on leaving your home and seeing other people / Canllawiau ar adael eich cartref a gweld pobl eraill:

https://llyw.cymru/canllawiau-ar-adael-eich-cartref-gweld-pobl-eraill-coronafeirws?_ga=2.84521945.1771770827.1600963895-599435944.1574850030

https://gov.wales/guidance-leaving-your-home-and-seeing-other-people-coronavirus

Coronavirus and the law / Corona firws a’r gyfraith:

https://llyw.cymru/coronafeirws-ar-gyfraith?_ga=2.108742722.1967293491.1600772643-1165475327.1570627919

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-law

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.

https://gov.wales/guidance-leaving-your-home-and-seeing-other-people-coronavirus

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.

Covid 19 and Llansadwrn

Llansadwrn

After much discussion and weighing the pros and cons, it has been decided to discontinue many of our indoor events for the time being – not an easy decision but given the circumstances arguably it is one to make earlier, rather than later. It is a very difficult time with so much uncertainty – and trying to do the right thing, balancing normality with good sense about the risk, is not without its problems: there is no blue print to guide us!

Meantime, a list is being compiled of anyone who would welcome an occasional phone call to make sure they are still ok / need anything / shopping / or whatever: if you think of anyone and you have their permission for their name and contact details to be shared, please let Jane Shaw or Vicar Viv know: similarly the names of anyone free, willing and able themselves to offer giving their support in this way…

Of course many already have local friends / family / neighbours who mutually support one another all the time, which is perfect – but there are some, especially if they are living on their own, in the vulnerable category and without family nearby, who could fall through the net if they catch the virus and self-isolate, without anybody else knowing they are unwell. Vicar Viv Sayer 01550 777200

To ensure that people do not end up isolated we are also organising a regular outdoor walk around the village, and we will also be doing work in the community garden to prevent isolation.

Weather permitting next Saturday morning (21st) we intend to have a community walk in the morning, meeting at the Reading Room at 10am and then a community garden in the afternoon from around 2pm. We have habitats to make and dogwood cuttings to plant. Keep an eye on the events page for updates and new opportunities for meeting up and not hugging.

As a community we commit to keep each other safe whilst not getting isolated. If you are feeling isolated or anxious you are surrounded by a loving community – please ask for help.