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Cardiff Lockdown

​All Wales coronavirus fire-break starts on Friday 23 October. See the latest information from the Welsh Government.​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

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​Cardiff has introduced lockdown measures to counter a rise in COVID-19 infections.

From 6pm Sunday 27 Septembe​r residents and visitors to Cardiff must adhere to the following restrictions:

  • ​You will not be allowed to enter or leave the Cardiff County Council boundary area ​without a reasonable excuse.
  • You will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household (sometimes called a “bubble”).
    This means you are not allowed to meet indoors with anyone who is not part of your household (people you live with), unless you have a good reason, such as providing care to a vulnerable person.​
  • You must work from home wherever possible.

Enforcement action will be taken by the police and Environmental Health officials in the event of non-compliance with the measures.

You can find out more about the lockdown measures in Cardiff on the Welsh Government website​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Preventing transmission of COVID-19

We are asking people to please keep in mind that the purpose of the restrictions is to prevent the transmission of the virus, including to those we care about – both within the area and outside it. 

People will need to make judgements for themselves about what is reasonable, in line with that overarching principle in order to keep themselves and their wider community safe.

Please continue to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser and maintain social distancing (2 metres). 

The Council also strongly recommends that residents avoid using public transport unless it is for an essential journey (to access education, employment, medical appointments, or to shop for basic provisions).

A 'reasonable excuse' includes:

  • ​going to work where you cannot work from home, 
  • attending a school or college outside of the area, or 
  • undertaking a caring responsibility e.g.childcare or caring for an elderly relative, 
  • attending a medical appointment, 
  • shopping for essential items that cannot be purchased locally or ordered online, or 
  • using public services that are not available locally. 

​It also includes leaving your local area to visit family or close friends on compassionate grounds if necessary.

The basic message is that people should stay in their immediate area as much as possible. Those living outside the area should not enter the County on non-essential journeys it if at all possible​.
  • ​You will only be able to meet outdoors for the time being. 
  • You will not be able to meet members of their extended household indoors or form an extended household for the time being.
  • If you live in the Cardiff County area you must work from home unless it is not reasonably practicable to do so. 

Indoor public venues, such as pubs, bars, restaurants, play centres, community centres, places of worship, leisure facilities and local attractions will remain open but these will only be accessible to those who live within Cardiff. You should only attend with members of your immediate household (people you live with).

These venues will have an obligation to ensure that you do not mix with people who are not in your immediate household and will be asked to ensure that you remain apart.

Masks or three layer face coverings are mandatory in Wales and must be worn appropriately in all indoor spaces and where social distancing can't be maintained. This will not apply if you have a valid or medical exemption view Welsh Government guidelines on face coverings​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​.

We are also asking residents to volunteer to wear them in all busy outdoor public spaces – including high streets and outside school gates at pick-up and drop-off times.
Schools, child care settings and colleges will remain open and home to school transport will continue to operate in accordance with the latest Public Health Wales guidance.

View our Schools and COVID-19 FAQs​ for parents.​

Universities in Cardiff will also remain open. Please see their websites for further details. 

Cardiff University​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Cardiff Metropolitan University​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

University of South Wales​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​​

People should not visit care homes, unless it is an end of life visit where full PPE will be required.
To reduce the likelihood of transmission from the hospitality industry, Welsh Government have required all licensed premises to close at 10pm. This restriction includes stopping the sale of alcohol in supermarkets and off-licences after 10pm.

The Council is continuing to monitor and take action where necessary to ensure that all businesses and premises comply with COVID-19 regulations (Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020), which came into force on 10 August 2020, to control, minimise and prevent the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

The Council is taking action to ensure all large supermarkets, retail stores and licensed premises adhere to the Regulations. South Wales Police continue to actively enforce current Wales-wide covid-19 regulations with residents alongside the Councils’ environmental health teams.

View information on Outbreak Control and Prevention.​

The public are reminded that if they feel a business, area or premises are not complying, they should not enter or participate in the activity – we all have a personal responsibility to control the spread and help Keep Wales and Cardiff Safe.

View information on Lockdown restrictions for Businesses​.
The new measures will be enforced by the Local Authority and South Wales Police, and kept under regular review. If the number of cases do not show signs of falling, further restrictions will be considered by Welsh Government.

Failure to comply with the measures set out above and in the relevant Welsh Government documents is a criminal offence and could result in enforcement action being taken by Council Enforcement Officers and South Wales Police to protect your fellow residents and help keep Cardiff and Wales safe. 

View information on Enforcement and fines​.

View information on Outbreak Control and Prevention​.

If you are symptomatic you are advised to:

  • Book a test online​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​  ​
  • Call 119

Residents are reminded that as part of the Test, Trace, Protect service if you are symptomatic and receive a positive test result you should self-isolate and remain at home for at least 10 days and anyone you have been in contact with should self-isolate for 14 days even if they feel well or receive a negative test.

By coming together and carrying out the above measures, we can turn the tide on this virus and help keep Cardiff and Wales safe.