Statement in relation to the Cardiff local lockdown

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The Welsh Government has announced today that Cardiff, along with other counties in South Wales, will have enhanced local restrictions in place from Sunday at 6pm.  

The safety of our staff and students remains our priority. We want to ensure all are aware of these new restrictions so that our community can respond and ultimately keep each other safe. We have included them below. 

Whilst the timings of these new restrictions are unfortunate in what is the first weekend in the city for new students, safety measures take priority, and there are a number of ways students can still make friends and have fun either virtually or in a socially distant manner.  

To help students understand what this means for the activity the Students’ Union has planned, please see below:  

  • Many of the Students’ Union student services are already being delivered with a digital-first approach, so there will be no changes to how you receive support in light of the local lockdown. You can get in touch with our services including Student Advice, Jobshop and Student Activities here. 

  • The Taf and YPlas will continue to operate; licenced venues and hospitality are permitted to remain open in the enhanced lockdown measures. We have adjusted all table booking and event timings to meet the new 10pm restrictions and ask that students only book tables for their immediate households (no more “bubbles” or extended households). Our venues were already operating a table service function and are compliant with social distancing and other Covid-19 restrictions. We ask that you familiarise yourselves with our House Rules before attending our venues.  

  • Whilst you are permitted to travel into Cardiff for educational reasons, the new local lockdown measures restrict travelling for socialising. If you are located outside Cardiff and have booked a ticket for Y Plas or a table in The Taf we will give a refund. Please get in touch with SUevents@cardiff.ac.uk   

  • Alongside our in-person activities, our student groups have been working hard to deliver a large number of virtual and socially distanced eventsYou can meet our student groups at our virtual Sports, Societies and Activities Fairs taking place from Friday 2nd October. If you want to see what is on offer before then, you can find all of our groups, including details of their activities here. 

  • We know many students will have questions about what this means for their educationThe University have confirmed that moving in to halls of residences, ID card collection and teaching arrangements are continued as planned, all students will receive an email to outline this.  

We know that many students are already back in Cardiff and have been complying with the restrictions in place. We thank them for their positive actions and the sacrifices they have made and for their continued support with dealing with what is ahead. 

 We understand that this is a troubling and testing time for many, we want to thank our incredible student community once again for supporting us and each other to combat the virus.   

If you have any questions about any of these measures in place, please get in touch with StudentsUnion@cardiff.ac.uk.  


 On top of current Covid-19 regulations, the following new restrictions will now apply: 

  • People will not be allowed to enter or leave these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education; 

  • People will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors for the time being. They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households (sometimes known as ‘bubbles’). This means meeting indoors (in people’s houses, in a pub or elsewhere) with anyone you don’t live with is not allowed at the moment unless you have a good reason, such as providing care to a vulnerable person. 

  • All licensed premises have to stop serving alcohol at 10pm. 

  • Everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in indoor places, which are open to the public, such as shops, as well as on public transport – as is the case in the rest of Wales. (There are some limited exemptions for people with disabilities and medical conditions – these are the same as for public transport). 

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