Earlier this week we saw the introduction of face coverings in all indoor spaces for those over the age of 11, except where exemptions apply for health reasons. This means that whilst you are in a shop, restaurant, or any other indoor space, you must wear a face covering to help prevent the spread of the virus.

This comes at a time where we are, unfortunately, seeing a rise in the number of infections across Wales. This should serve as a reminder to us all that the virus has not gone away and we need to continue to take all steps we can to prevent the virus from spreading.

In addition we have also seen a limit on the number of people who are able to meet together indoors as part of a single or extended household to six. It is important to remember that we should only be meeting indoors with those who are in our extended households, which can be formed from up to four households.

Any Leader readers who have any queries about changes to the circumstances here in Wales, should visit www.gov.wales/coronavirus for the latest changes, and as ever, I am available to answer any queries constituents may have.

Though coronavirus is still in our communities and remains a challenge for us all, it is important that we also focus on how we can build back better in our communities and indeed across Wales.

Recognising this importance, I am currently leading on work within the Welsh Government to revitalise our high streets and town centres, investing in our communities and encouraging job creation. Part of the Transforming Towns work will include exploring the possibility of remote working hubs embedded in our communities, designed to support flexible working within the public, private and third sectors. The focus has to be on improving lives and livelihoods, which at same time brings broader community, environmental and economic benefits.

We are lucky to have huge potential within our high streets here in Holywell, Flint and Mold, and I am committed to doing all I can, both politically and personally, to support our town centres. My Love Local posts will be continuing on Facebook in order to promote some of the fantastic small businesses we have across the constituency. So if you own a small business, or think someone deserves a mention, then get in touch and I will do all I can to promote them.

Much of our daily lives have changed significantly in recent months and it has been amazing to see how our communities responded to the challenges we have faced. It is important to me that constituents’ voices are heard as we recover from the pandemic and that you play a part in shaping our future.

On Monday I visited Moel Famau in the Clywdian Range and Dee Valley AONB, and announced a £7.2 million fund designed to improve access to our countryside and ensure the sustainability of our areas of outstanding natural beauty. Here in our corner of the country, this includes £180,000 to ease traffic congestion, remedial work to address erosion to paths and reduce light pollution within the Dee Valley AONB, and an additional £54,000 for Denbighsire County Council for improvements to footpaths and bridleways. Across Wales, local authorities have been provided with £1.76 million of funding to improve the network of footpaths and bridleways which were rediscovered by communities as they took their regular exercise throughout the pandemic.

I am still getting out and about with my team to deliver the update to homes across the entire constituency and many Leader readers may have already received their copy. If you have any questions about my work, or if there is anything which I can be of assistance with, then please do get in touch by emailing Hannah.Blythyn@senedd.wales or calling my office on 01352 762102.



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