Cardiff Council Update: 17th November

Here is the latest update from Cardiff Council, covering: ice walk attractions; Cardiff COVID-19 cases and tests, seven days data; the latest schools affected; primary school applications; and free tablet scheme launches.



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Cardiff and Swansea Joint Statement - Ice Walk Attractions

Following updated public health advice received from the office of Wales' Chief Medical Officer over the weekend, it has been decided that the ice walk attractions, which were due to open in both Cardiff and Swansea city centres will remain closed to the public.

Both local authorities appreciate the disappointment this will create for residents and would like to apologise for any inconvenience this will cause. However, the safety of everyone during the pandemic remains our main concern and it's important we follow the latest scientific evidence. Anyone who has booked and paid for a slot on an ice walk will receive a full refund from the organisers. Customers do not need to do anything to activate the refund, it will be applied automatically. Please be aware that it could take up to 5 days to show in your account.

The food and drink elements are already open. It is anticipated that other aspects of the Christmas attractions will open in both cities over the next few days.


Cardiff Cases and Tests - 7 Days Data (8 November - 14 November)

Based on latest figures from Public Health Wales, data correct as of:

16 November 2020


Cases: 565

Cases per 100,000 population: 154.0 (Wales: 165.8 cases per 100,000 population)

Testing episodes: 4,279

Testing per 100,000 population: 1,116.2

Positive proportion: 13.2% (Wales: 13.3% positive proportion)


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University of South Wales - COVID-19 Case Numbers:


Update on schools affected by COVID-19: 17.11.20


Llanishen High School

A Year 9 pupil in Llanishen High School has tested positive for COVID-19. 77 pupils have been advised by Public Health Wales to self-isolate for 14 days after they were identified as close contacts of the confirmed COVID-19 case.   

St Cuthbert's RC Primary School

A Year 1 pupil in St Cuthbert's RC Primary School has tested positive for COVID-19. 24 pupils and four members of staff have been advised by Public Health Wales to self-isolate for 14 days after they were identified as close contacts of the confirmed COVID-19 case.


Primary School Applications

Applications for September 2021 primary school places opened on Monday 16 November 2020 and a new campaign has been launched to provide guidance to parents applying for a place.

Cardiff Council's School Admissions team have identified 7 tips to assist families by explaining how the admissions process works, the importance of using all preferences available to them and why they should apply on time.

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: "The application process for school places can feel complicated and it is important that families have a clear understanding of how best to apply for a place. By completing their application correctly and on time they will increase their chance of getting a place at their preferred school.

"Earlier this year, we launched a new admissions campaign to make the application process as simple and transparent as possible. Early indications for secondary applications, show that the guidance delivered through the campaign has helped families throughout Cardiff and the number applying on time has increased from last year.

"This is a positive step towards ensuring that every family in Cardiff has the knowledge, support and understanding so that they are not at a disadvantage when applying for a school place.

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Free tablet scheme launches for Cardiff residents on a low income, without devices or internet access

Cardiff Council's Advice service are launching a Tablet Gifting Scheme to offer free tablet devices with internet access to individuals who do not have a device or internet connection at home.

Each tablet will come loaded with a range of relevant apps and shortcuts to ensure that they can make the most of each device.

There are also a range of digital activities and support services on hand to explore, including online Adult Learning courses and training, Digital Job Club with Into Work Services and a host of health and wellbeing activities hosted by the Hubs and Libraries service.

These devices are only available to residents of Cardiff who fit the below criteria:

                  Those who do not have access to a digital device or broadband at home AND

                  Their health and wellbeing is suffering as they feel isolated OR

                  They want to access training or look for work online AND

                  They are in receipt of benefits or on a low income

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