All students | USW Update | Monday 21 September - Newport, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent and Bridgend local restrictions

Newport, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent and Bridgend local restrictions | Mark Milton, Chief Operating Officer 

The Welsh Government has announced that from 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd September) Newport, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent and Bridgend county boroughs will be subject to the same local restrictions that are already in place within Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly county boroughs.

We would like to reassure you that this does not affect our plans for the start of term, and that we will be continuing to operate as an educational establishment.

Travel into and out of the area is allowed for people to attend work, where it cannot be done at home, and to attend University, if it cannot be done online. 

If you are planning to move into the Pontypridd or Newport areas or our Treforest Halls of Residence over the coming days, then you will still be able to do so. However, it is important for you to know that you have a role to play by following the latest guidelines:

  • If you are living within the Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent (Tredegar, Ebbw Vale, Abertillery) or Caerphilly county boroughs, you cannot meet with anyone else indoors who isn’t part of your household (your flat or house).
  • You will not be allowed to leave each county borough area without a reasonable excuse (for example to attend University or go to work).
  • All licensed premises in these areas will have to close at 11pm.

We know there is temptation to meet and socialise with a wider circle of friends, but it’s really important that you don’t do this in order to protect yourselves, your friends, and the wider community.

It’s also really important that you continue to respect the 2m social distancing guidelines and that you wear face coverings indoors in public places, including on our campuses.

We appreciate that this is an ever-changing situation, and we will continue to keep you updated as we review and operate within the latest guidance.

For the latest Welsh Government advice, please visit their website. Thank you for your support.


Please note, off-campus students who are studying with a partner college should check guidance and communication from their college, about local attendance, assessment and teaching arrangements.

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