Festival goers urged to be cautious as Covid case rates increase in Wales

Many people may be keen to return to events such as festivals now that restrictions are lifted. Credit: PA

As case rates start to rise in Wales, Public Health Wales is reminding people of the risk of Coronavirus transmission at mass gatherings.

Following Wales moving into Alert level 0, festivals, sports events and weddings are taking place in Wales.

However, Public Health Wales says Covid has not gone away and it is important that attendees take precautions to avoid the transmission of the virus.

The case rates in Wales have risen since restrictions have been lifted and are currently over 200 cases per 100,000.

According to Public Health Wales the vaccination programme has reduced the levels of hospitalisation and fatalities but the virus is still circulating in communities.

The Llŷn and Eifionydd festival held in Gwynedd. Credit: National Eisteddfod of Wales

Dr Eleri Davies, from Public Health Wales, is aware that many people will want to attend events and enjoy them after many months of being unable to do so but advised there are several measures people can take to reduce the possibility of transmission.

“Firstly, please take up your offer of a vaccination when you receive it, as this is the best way of preventing serious illness, hospitalisation and death," She said.

“In addition, if you have symptoms of Covid then please get a PCR test (by calling 119 or going to https://gov.wales/get-tested-coronavirus-covid-19), and self-isolate until you get the results.  You should not attend a festival or other mass gathering event if you have symptoms.

“You should also consider carefully if it is sensible to attend these events if a close contact has tested positive for Covid, and ensure that you get a PCR test on days 2 and 8.

“When you’re at the event, hand hygiene, face coverings and social distancing are still effective measures to prevent transmission of the virus.”

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