Cardiff Council COVID-19 Update: 24 December


Here is the latest update from Cardiff Council, covering: Wales moving to Alert Level 2, a reminder that waste collections will be unchanged over the festive break but council offers one-off collection of Christmas trees in January, how to dispose of wrapping paper after all the presents have been opened tomorrow,  Cardiff's plans to expand and reorganise provision for pupils with Additional Learning Needs (ALN),  vaccination totals for Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan; Cardiff's COVID-19 case and test numbers.


Wales moves to Alert Level 2 on Boxing Day


Many of Cardiff's Christmas attractions will close at end of play on Christmas Eve following Welsh Government's announcement that Wales is moving to Alert Level 2.

Winter Wonderland attractions at City Hall, St John's Street and the castle; St David's Hall, the New Theatre and Cardiff Museum will all close. The Bute Park Light trail will also close today.

A spokesperson for Cardiff Council said: "Clearly with the rise of Omicron what's important is that we do all that we can to keep people safe and to help slow transmission of the virus. Following the First Minister's announcement on Wednesday, Cardiff Castle will close at 8pm on Christmas Eve in line with the ice rink and the ice trail. The castle will remain closed over the Christmas and New Year period and then throughout January for essential maintenance works.

"The Cardiff Museum will also close on Christmas Eve and remain closed throughout January, as will St David's Hall. We will look to reschedule performances where possible for St David's Hall, and St David's box office will be in touch with customers who bought tickets before the closures about options moving forward including shows that are affected in January.

"The New Theatre will close after the final performance on Christmas Eve until January 16th. HQ Theatres, which runs the New Theatre, will take any decision on reopening from that date based on Welsh Government advice and restrictions at that time. HQ will also be contacting customers about their ticket options for any missed shows."

Closing times for all Winter Wonderland attractions across the city centre are set for 8pm on Christmas Eve. The city's Christmas market will close then too.All Winter Wonderland tickets (including booking fees) for sessions after 8pm, December 24, that have been purchased online or by telephone with Ticketsource, will be automatically refunded to the original payment method, and you do not need to contact Ticketsource/the venue to initiate this. Refunds can take up to 10 working days to show in your account, and this may be affected by the Christmas bank holidays. For any tickets purchased through other methods, please contact the event organiser directly.

NoFit State Circus will continue with the planned run of Lexicon in the Big Top in Sophia Gardens until January 15th, but have reduced the audience capacity for all performances after December 26th to comply with the new Welsh Government regulations.All performances after December 26th will be socially distanced.

As a result of the newly-reduced audience capacity NoFit will be contacting some of the most recent bookers to explain that they will no longer be able to see the performance of their choice and will offer them either tickets to an alternative performance or a refund. If you don't hear from NoFit then your tickets are secure and you can visit the Big Top in the normal way.

There were no plans for any public outdoor events on New Year's Eve in Cardiff this year.


REMINDER: Cardiff's waste collections unchanged over festive break but council will offer one-off collection of Christmas trees in January



While there will be no changes to recycling and waste collection days over Christmas, Cardiff Council is arranging one-off collections of Christmas trees across the first two weeks of January.

Residents are asked to place their trees on street and not to cut them up or put them in the green wheelie bins or white reusable sacks. These one-off collections are for Christmas trees only, and no other garden waste will be collected as part of this service.

A Christmas tree drop-off zone will also be provided at Heath Park on January 8th and 9th between 10am and 4pm.

The Christmas tree kerbside collections from city wards will be on the following days:

January 4th: Fairwater, St Fagans, Ely and Caerau

January 5th: Grangetown, Canton and Riverside

January 6th: Butetown, Adamsdown, Splott and Plasnewydd

January 7th: Pontprennau, Pentwyn and Penylan

January 11th: Creigiau, Pentyrch, Radyr, Whitchurch and Heath West

January 12th: Llandaff, Llandaff North, Gabalfa, Cathays and Heath East

January 13th: Rumney, Llanrumney, Trowbridge and Old St Mellons

January 14th: Lisvane, Llanishen, Rhiwbina and Cyncoed


With the exception of bank holidays, the recycling centres at Bessemer Close and Lamby Way will remain open during the winter, so recycling and garden waste can also be brought to these facilities -


How to dispose of wrapping paper this Christmas


As the council is unable to recycle wrapping paper it will not be collected from green recycling bags and will need to be put into black bins/red striped bags for collection. Wrapping paper often has a very high ink content, has very few fibres left in the paper that is useful for recycling and is often rejected by the companies that sell the product to the paper mills. Wrapping paper labelled as recyclable will not be accepted either as there isn't a way for our crews to distinguish between this product and non-recyclable wrapping paper when it is presented in the green bags. We will accept wrapping paper at Recycling Centres over the Christmas period, but it must not be mixed with any other recyclable material.



Have your voice heard on Cardiff's plans toexpand and reorganise provision for pupils with Additional Learning Needs (ALN)



Cardiff Council is consulting on a series of significant plans to expand provision for children and young people with Additional Learning Needs (ALN), Complex Learning Needs (CLN) and health and wellbeing needs, to help meet increasing demand for places in special schools and in primary and secondary Specialist Resource Bases (SRB) in schools across the city.


Members of the public are being invited to share their views on the following:


Emotional health and wellbeing provision; Changes to provide high quality places for learners with emotional health and wellbeing needs aged 11 - 19

To meet the increasing demand for special school places for learners with emotional health and wellbeing needs it is proposed to:


  • Increase the capacity of Greenhill School from 64 to 160 places
  • Transfer Greenhill school to new build accommodation across two sites at the Dutch Garden Centre site, Maes Y Bryn Road (near to M4 J30) and Ty Glas Road in Llanishen, with 80 pupils on each site from September 2025.


To meet the demand for specialist resource base places for learners aged 11 - 19 with emotional and wellbeing needs it is proposed to:


  • Establish a 20 place Specialist Resource Base at Cardiff West Community High School from September 2022
  • Establish a 20 place Specialist Resource Base at Eastern High from September 2022 


This consultation runs until 1 February 2022. Please visit


Complex Learning Needs and Autism Spectrum Condition provision; Changes to provide high quality places for learners aged 3 - 19 with complex learning needs and Autism Spectrum Condition


To meet the increasing demand for special school places and specialist resource base places for learners aged 3 - 19 with complex learning needs and Autism Spectrum Condition, the Council is proposing to increase the number of Additional Learning Needs places at a range of special schools, primary schools and secondary schools from September 2022.

This consultation runs until 1 February 2022. Please visit

For more, visit Cardiff Newsroom here:



Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Vaccination Status Update - 24 December


Data provided by CAVUHB

Based on the figures available at the time of publication.

Please note that there may be minor amendments to data as it is validated over time.


The total number of vaccination doses given by the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board so far, in both local authority areas: 983,450 (1st Dose: 395,169 2nd Dose: 361,696 3rd Dose: 7,127 Boosters: 219,385)


Cohort Data - Last updated: 21 December


  • 80 and over: 20,052 / 94.7% (1st Dose) 19,908 / 94% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 17,958 / 90.2% (Booster)
  • 75-79: 14,946 / 96.5% (1st Dose) 14,827 / 95.8% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 13,410 / 90.4% (Booster)
  • 70-74: 21,398 / 95.9% (1st Dose) 21,282 / 95.4% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 19,547 / 91.8% (Booster)
  • 65-69: 22,017/ 94.5% (1st Dose) 21,788 / 93.5% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 19,646 / 90.2% (Booster)
  • 60-64: 26,171 / 92.6% (1st Dose) 25,844 / 91.4% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 23,064 / 89.2% (Booster)
  • 55-59: 29,479 / 90.5% (1st Dose) 29,030 / 89.1% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 24,651 / 84.9% (Booster)
  • 50-54: 29,211 / 88.3% (1st Dose) 28,612 / 86.5% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 22,928 / 80.1% (Booster)
  • 40-49: 55,939 / 82.3% (1st Dose) 54,271 / 79.8% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 27,812 / 51.2% (Booster)
  • 30-39: 62,016 / 76.8% (1st Dose) 58,611 / 72.6% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 14,776 / 25.2% (Booster)
  • 18-29: 83,327 / 78.3% (1st Dose) 75,625 / 70.7% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 12,748 / 16.9% (Booster)
  • 16-17: 4,195 / 75.9% (1st Dose) 2,745 / 49.7% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 177 / 3.2% (Booster)
  • 12-15: 15,726 / 56.4% (1st Dose) 1,424 / 5.1% (2nd & 3rd* Dose)


  • Severely Immunosuppressed: 6,803 / 99.3% (1st Dose) 6,173 / 90.1% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 29 / 0.5% (Booster)
  • Care home residents: 2,094 / 98.4% (1st Dose) 2,076 / 97.6% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 1,865 / 89.8% (Booster)
  • Care Home Workers: 3,706 / 98.9% (1st Dose) 3,645 / 97.3% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 2,711 / 76% (Booster)
  • Healthcare Workers: 27,144 / 98.1% (1st Dose) 26,854 / 97% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 23,269 / 84.7% (Booster)
  • Social Care Workers**: 7,901 / 79.5% (Booster)
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable: 11,223 / 94.6% (1st Dose) 11,049 / 93.2% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 6,166 / 55.8% (Booster)
  • Underlying Health Conditions: 46,140 / 90.6% (1st Dose) 44,735 / 87.8% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 35,410 / 79.2% (Booster)
  • Underlying Health Conditions (12-15): 637 / 60.8% (1st Dose) 436 / 41.6% (2nd & 3rd* Dose) 9/ 2/1%


*Those who have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses, with the exception of those who are severely immunosuppressed who are recommended three doses


**Data taken from an alternative source



Cardiff Cases and Tests - 7 Days Data (12 December - 18 December)

 Based on latest figures from Public Health Wales

Data correct as of:

22 December 2021, 09:00


Cases: 3,020

Cases per 100,000 population: 823.1 (Wales: 633 cases per 100,000 population)

Testing episodes: 14,129

Testing per 100,000 population: 3,850.9

Positive proportion: 21.4% (Wales: 19.7% positive proportion)