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Residents 'breaking rules' to go shopping.

Byline: AAMI MOHAMMED Reporter

IT WAS pouring with rain at Culverhouse Cross as people ran to Tesco and back to their cars.

Hundreds of residents from Cardiff regularly visit the shopping centre complex, to look inside shops including Tesco and M&S.

But Culverhouse Cross is actually located outside the Cardiff city council boundary and is in the Vale of Glamorgan council area.

Cardiff went into local lockdown at 6pm on Sunday, September 27, at the same time as Swansea. The Vale of Glamorgan went into lockdown the following day.

They joined Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly borough, Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil borough, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen in seeing local restrictions imposed.

Four more local authorities in Wales - Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham - joined them from 6pm on Thursday.

If you live in one of those areas, under the rules, you can't enter or leave them without a "reasonable excuse".

Excuses include travelling to school, to give care or to work if you are unable to work from home.

Shopping, other than to buy essential items you simply can't get within your county boundary, is not counted as a reasonable excuse.

But not everyone seems to have got the message.

When we visited Culverhouse Cross to speak to some of the people visiting, some shoppers seemed to be aware of the rules.

Most of the people there were also locals, so not breaking any rules.

One group of people did confirm they had travelled there from Cardiff but said they weren't aware of the new lockdown rules.

They said they were shooting a music video in Culverhouse Cross, rather than going there to shop, but hadn't been informed of the latest rules.

But many just wanted to get inside due to the lashing rain, or perhaps to avoid admitting where they had travelled there from.

Perhaps it's hard to give up all your favourite shopping habits.

But everyone is being urged to abide by the rules to help bring down the number of cases in Cardiff and prevent spread of the virus to other areas.

Cardiff reported its highest number of positive coronavirus tests on Thursday with 74.

It recorded 101.1 cases per 100,000 people in the previous seven day period, a figure which has risen rapidly. Four local authority areas in Wales recorded a higher total.

Public Health Wales (PHW) also confirmed there were 398 new labconfirmed positive cases of coronavirus for Thursday, October 1.

This is the highest figure so far during the second wave.

More cases were only reported once before on April 10.

Revealing Thursday's figures, Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales said: "We are also seeing an increase in the number of people who are seriously ill and have been admitted to hospital with Covid-19."

Urging people to stick to the rules, the doctor added: "We are concerned that much of the good work conducted over the past few months is at risk of going to waste.

"If the situation continues to worsen, we may find ourselves at the same levels of infection that we experienced earlier this year in March and April, and with that comes the potential for more extended restrictions to be imposed nationally."


Shoppers in Culverhouse Cross, Vale of Glamorgan ROB BROWNE

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Author:AAMI MOHAMMED Reporter
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 3, 2020
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