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Public Health Wales urges caution when attending festivals and mass gatherings

Written by on 20th August 2021

Ahead of the festival season across the UK, Public Health Wales is reminding people of the risk of Coronavirus transmission at mass gatherings, festivals and other large events.

Festivals, sports events and other mass gatherings are restarting across the UK following restrictions being eased, but Public Health Wales is keen to reiterate that Covid has not gone away, and that it is important that attendees take precautions to avoid the transmission of the virus.

Dr Eleri Davies, an Incident Director at Public Health Wales, said:
As restrictions ease across the UK, and festivals and other mass gatherings
start again, we’re aware that many people will want to attend and enjoy them
after many months being unable to do so.
“As expected following the move to Alert Level 0, case rates in Wales have risen
and are currently over 200 cases per 100,000.

“While the vaccination programme has reduced the levels of hospitalisation and
fatalities, the virus is still circulating in our communities.
“There are several measures that people can take in order to reduce the
possibility of transmitting the virus.

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.

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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