SCHOOLKIDS in a Welsh county have been advised to not alternate Christmas playing cards with their friends.
A council in Rhondda Cynon Taf, south-east Wales, stated kids can ship e-cards or make one card to placed on show of their classroom as an alternative over coronavrius fears.
Youngsters have been advised they’ll ship e-cards as an alternativeCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
PHW stated they’d not issued any steerage on exchanging Christmas playing cards in facultiesCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
It comes as new measures will come into force across Wales from the end of this week after an uptick in Covid-19 instances.
The council stated they issued the recommendation in accordance with info from Public Well being Wales, however PHW stated they hadn’t issued any steerage on exchanging playing cards and items in faculties.
A spokesperson for the council – which oversees the area with round 300 covid instances per 100,000 – stated in an announcement: “Primarily based on recommendation from Public Well being Wales we suggest that precise Christmas playing cards are usually not handed round by pupils in our faculties this yr to be able to mitigate any Covid-19 transmission danger.
“As an alternative we suggest this yr that pupils ship digital Christmas playing cards utilizing their Hwb e mail accounts or they’ll make one at school and show it for all their associates to see.
We additionally suggest that items are usually not despatched into college by dad and mom on this event as a result of danger of transmission.
“Alternatively we suggest that particular person faculties take into account suggesting different options corresponding to donations to a faculty’s chosen charity.”
Nonetheless, a Public Well being Wales spokesperson stated: “I can affirm that Public Well being Wales hasn’t issued any steerage to colleges concerning the alternate of Christmas playing cards and presents.”
Wales underwent a brief “fire-break” lockdown three weeks in the past.
The complete lockdown lasted for 3 weeks in a bid to convey instances down.
However the unfold has began to creep again up, with new measures coming into Pressure Friday that may see all pubs, bars and eating places closed at 6pm and the sale of booze banned.
From 6pm draconian new nationwide measures will come into pressure in Wales, slapping powerful curfews and booze bans on the hospitality sector.
Pubs and eating places will nonetheless be allowed to do takeaway after 6pm – however will probably be a heavy blow for hospitality hoping to get a lift over the Christmas interval.
Different leisure venues might want to shut, together with cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, mushy play, casinos and skating rinks.
There may be already a 10pm curfew on shopping for alcohol in supermarkets or off-licences.
Mr Drakeford stated this morning: “I recognise simply how arduous the hospitality and (leisure) sectors have labored to adjust to the laws.
“I do know the brand new restrictions might be troublesome, coming as they do at one of many busiest occasions of the yr.”
However he warned “we proceed to face a virus that’s transferring extremely rapidly throughout Wales, and it’s a virus that may exploit each alternative after we spend time with each other.”
And there have been calls to close schools one week early across Wales, placing the final week of 2020 instructing on-line.
Mark Drakeford has beforehand stated that he doesn’t wish to shut faculties down once more.