* The sign below has just appeared on the way up to Castell Dinas Bran ...
* The UK Government's message to stay at home to save lives.
The area’s MP (pictured) has intervened in the social media debate raging about visitors potentially spreading coronovirus by visiting Llangollen.
He agrees, stressing the government’s “stay at home” message.
The Denbighshire Free Press reports today that Snowdonia yesterday experienced its busiest day ever as droves of people descended on the beauty spot to escape the Covid-19 isolation measures introduced by the UK Government on Friday.
And Llangollen was also reportedly thronged with visitors on Saturday.
This has sparked a number of calls on Facebook for people from other areas to stay away from the town to cut down the risk of infection and for other reasons such as creating heavier demand on local supermarkets and NHS.
Examples of posts this morning (Sunday) are: “Dear visitors, as much as we love you visiting our town and supporting our local business. Can we politely ask you NOT to visit our small community during this period for obvious health reasons. Social isolation DOES not mean we travel on mass for lovely days out, thankyou.”
And: “Anyone wanting a day out in our lovely town today PLEASE DON’T, we love visitors but NOT IN VIRUS FORM. Help the NHS and then they are free to help you. LISTEN TO GUIDELINES AND STAY HOME!”
A local business became involved in the debate when Pro-Adventure posted: “Following the latest government advice we will not be opening today. Please do not travel to Llangollen.
“We will operate mail order as normal while we deem it safe and will take calls, and online chats in the afternoons Monday to Friday.”
Other posts have been less polite, suggesting stronger action against visitors including blocking off car parks and “not welcome” style signs.
Just after 9.30am Clwyd South MP Simon Baynes posted: “Hearing far too many reports of visitors and tourists in our beauty spots, scenic towns and villages in Clwyd South.
“Our local health service cannot cope with visitors’ illness as well as our own.
“Everyone needs to listen to the Government's advice, stay at home and protect our NHS because it saves lives.”