The big changes that have been happening and are proposed in England and the rest of the UK, are causing many to question the cautious approach adopted by the Welsh Government. However, the scenes recorded at English seaside resorts such as Bournemouth during the heatwave, have a sobering message for us…could that have been us here in Saundersfoot if the present precautions had not been in place … Makes you think
#Stay Local – Protect the NHS and Save Lives
- The frontpage features a wonderful picture of Traders in Saundersfoot giving the thumbs-up to the re-opening of their businesses earlier this week. Businesses are now waiting for July 6th when the present 5-mile rule is due to be removed, if the Coronavirus numbers continue to fall. Saundersfoot has prepared for the reopening of shops with the installation of 6 hand sanitising stations around the village installed by the Community Council and the Chamber for Tourism. The two-meter rule still applies when shopping.
- We are all being encouraged to shop local to promote the local economy
- Castell Howell, the food wholesaler, has announced that job losses are imminent. The West Wales company will be looking at compulsory and voluntary redundancies. The lack of catering trade demand during the lock down is to blame.
- The Founder of Pembrokeshire’s hospital for hedgehogs, Beryl Steadman, has been taken to Withybush Hospital suffering from a stroke.
- The Seren Collection of hospitality businesses which includes the Kiosk Café in Saundersfoot, has secured a £600K loan from Barclays Bank via the Westminster Government’s scheme to support business.
- The Torch Theatre in Milford Haven has received emergency funding from the National Lottery
- Pembrokeshire County Council has confirmed that its hostel for the homeless in Pembroke, will not be reopening. More suitable accommodation will be sought
- No new cases of Coronavirus have been reported in Pembrokeshire or the rest of the Hywel Dda Health Board. The total of cases across the county remains at 286 with 65 deaths
- Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies can resume this week in places of worship , but not in registry offices. An estimated 150 Pembrokeshire couples have had their ceremonies cancelled. Large gatherings are still not allowed, and the 5-mile travel rules still apply. Pembrokeshire County Council have been inundated with requests for information by the registration office
- The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Natural Resources Wales is looking at ways to enhance the dark skies in the area with a view to Star gazing . The organisation aims to raise awareness of the impact on nature, landscape, health, and well-being of light pollution
- Independent butchers in West Wales have seen a spike in trade as customers have returned to their local butchers’ shops. Sales have almost doubled the national average
- Saundersfoot Connect are featured and described as a “lively and engaging group connecting the village”
- Phil Baker and Saundersfoot business owners are featured giving the thumbs up to shops opening on Monday .
- Bluestone Holiday park is preparing to welcome back visitors on July 24th. The hibernating field hospital at the park will not be affected as the park will have a phased reopening.
- The Welsh Government has announced that the county’s register office will be available to register births and deaths, but not marriages as of yet. Those who are interested in a civil ceremony should register their interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pembrokeshire Schools will close for Summer Holidays on Friday July 24th. Schools in Carmarthenshire will close on July 17th .
- When schools resume in Pembrokeshire on June 29th, parents are being urged to transport their own children to school where possible, avoiding school transport . However, school bus timetables will run as previously, and any changes will be informed to parents. Individual schools’ websites will give details of when pupils will be timed to attend school .
- Tinman Tuesday collections continue across the County, in aid of local food banks
- Pembrokeshire County Council graphics and signs team has designed and made freely available for downloading , a set of social distancing signs and instructions for use in shops and other businesses open to the public . Access via pembrokeshire.gov.uk/covid19.signs
- Shielding advice for those with underlying medical conditions remains unchanged in Wales, despite changes in England
- Arrangements are underway to test anyone with symptoms of coronavirus to receive a quick test, allowing them to return to work. The number for critical workers is 0300 303 8322 or CovidEnquiries@email@example.com. Other members of the public should contact gov.wales/apply-caronavirus-test or by phoning 119.
- People wishing to bid for public housing in Pembrokeshire vis the choice homes allocation scheme are being reassured that the system will reopen as soon as possible. Housing advice and support is available by calling 01437 764551 and asking for the housing advice team or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Haven holidays are planning to reopen its parks on July 13th
- Bus service will increase in Pembrokeshire on June 29th, but the public are being urged to only use them for essential travel and to avoid peak travel times morning and evening . please contact www. pembrokeshire.gov.uk/bus-routes-and-timetables/changes-to-bus-services-due-to-covid-19
- A BBC TV programme will begin on Friday July 3th on BBC2 the series is called The Pembrokeshire Coast: A Wild Year.
- Flowers sold via an honesty box have been stolen from a stall Four Seasons Shop in Tenby Road . The stall is run by William Rogers
- The Pembroke Dock Councillor involved in the controversy around the Facebook post which appeared to compare black lives matter protestors to monkeys attacking a car, has resigned
- The body of Billy Miller the young man whose disappearance from a Tenby beach sparked a search and rescue by the RNLI and coastguard services. The body was found in the sea at Pendine on Wednesday morning
- The Welsh Government is under increased pressure to open hospitality and leisure venues , such as pubs and restaurants. Wales now is alone amongst the home nations in not providing a date for reopening of these businesses. The Welsh Governments maintains its stance of safety first .
- A peaceful protest supported by a small crowd observing social distancing, took place on Wednesday at Castle Beach Tenby . The Protest was in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign .
- The first volunteers have received a new Coronavirus Vaccine developed by Imperial College London
- The Care system in Pembrokeshire is to be reviewed in light of changes in working practises during the lockdown .
- Pembrokeshire Libraries are to launch an order and Collect service. The service will be available from Tenby library and will allow users to order and then collect up to 6 books
- Wales swelters in record breaking heat. Temperatures hit 31.4 degrees on beaches across the country, almost beating the June 2000, total of 33.7 degrees C.
- Beaches in England have been overrun by visitors. Dorset has been forced to call a major incident after visitor numbers breached public safety.
- Two boys and a woman are in a critical condition after a house explosion in Neath
- Most Welsh schools will have only one week of holiday in October, according to Education Minister Kirsty Williams.
- So Called air bridges to popular destinations like Spain, France, Greece, and Germany could be implemented by next week. The Move would allow tourists to visit the countries without needing to quarantine for 14 days on return.
- The paper features the Area of Pillgwenlly or Pill in Newport which has been the worst hit by the virus – 21 people have died in this area alone
- We are warned not to get complacent as a resurge in numbers of coronavirus cases occurs around the world in countries that thought they had recovered from the virus
- Cases in criminal courts across Wales are part of a backlog of half a million cases across England and Wales.
The Coronavirus has not and does not look like as if it is going to disappear in the near future – it looks like it is something we will have learn to live with . We all need the economy both locally and nationally to do well , for this to happen we need our local businesses to open and prosper. Balanced with this we have the example of the English South Coast resorts which over the last few days have been totally overwhelmed by visitors. The virus is making a resurgence in nations across the world such as South Korea , who hoped the worst had passed. Let us hope that our Government can find the best way to help our tourism and leisure industry flourish , whilst continuing to protect a local population who has so far been saved the dangers of mass exposure to this deadly disease .
Keep Safe. Keep connected. Keep informed
The next official review of Wales lockdown measures is not due until July 9th, with the tourist sector being told it can take bookings for self-catering accommodation from July 13th if the virus news is good.