At the beginning of this week the Welsh Government guidance around face coverings on public transport was updated, meaning that from Monday 27 July, it is a requirement to wear a face covering whilst using public transport. This includes buses, trains and taxis, although there are exemptions for those unable to due to medical conditions. Having a medical condition which would exempt someone from wearing a face covering is not always obvious, so please be considerate if others around you are not wearing coverings. To those with a medical condition to exempt them from wearing a mask, it is recommended that you carry a prescription or appointment letter with you, or download one of the cards being offered by some transport providers.
Indoor cinemas, museums, underground attractions, and beauty and wellbeing services are also now able to reopen, providing they have put in place adequate social distancing measures. In the coming weeks and months it is going to be more important than ever to support our local economy by making use of the attractions and hot spots on our doorstep. I want to take this opportunity to urge readers to be sensible and always have a back up plan, so that we don’t overcrowd spaces or get too disappointed if an attraction is fully booked, so that we continue to keep ourselves and others safe.
The changes the Welsh Government are able to make continue to be a result of the hard work of the people of Wales in following the guidance and maintaining good hand hygiene and social distancing. The risk of the virus spreading is still with us and that is why we must continue to be cautious and work together to keep each other safe.
Last week I began socially distanced visits to businesses who have gone over and above during recent months to continue serving and supporting our communities. On Friday I visited Nice Pak in Flint who have been supporting residents and care homes in the area, by donating products for staff and residents. I also met with Jim O’Toole, the CEO of the Port of Mostyn, at the proposed location of the Tidal Lagoon in Mostyn which they are planning to develop. I will do my best to keep residents updated as the plans progress through my social media, website and community events, and will do all I can to put Flintshire at the forefront of a green industrial future.
In Mold I was able to present Richard at The Olive Tree with their certificate of recognition as a Community Champion after he was nominated for all his work to adapt his business to support customers. Extra deliveries, hygiene and social distancing measures in store and all done with a smile!
There is still time to nominate to my Community Champions by simply sharing a story of someone who has put in the extra effort to support others during recent months. I have heard many stories of businesses changing their services to support those who have been shielding, residents who have been sending treats out to others to put a smile on their face, and whole streets coming together on Whats App and in person, as well as many others. If there is someone you want me to recognise please email me at Hannah.Blythyn@senedd.wales.
Welsh Government also shared good news last week announcing investment in Flintshire’s transport infrastructure, with almost £500,000 to improve safety at the Blossoms junction of the A548 in Bagillt, and £250,000 for further investments in the Greenfield Valley. I want to take the opportunity to thank Flintshire County Council for working with the Welsh Government to bring these investments to our communities. I remain committed to working with colleagues to improve the transport network available in Flintshire, including campaigning for a new train station in Western Flintshire at Greenfields. If Leader Live readers have any transport concerns or suggestions for improvements then please get in touch, as I would love to hear them.
As ever I remain on hand to support constituents, businesses and organisations in any way I can – please just get in touch on 01352 762102 or at Hannah.Blythyn@senedd.wales.