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Monday, June 1, 2020

County appeals for people to follow new 'stay local' guidelines

Denbighshire County Council has thanked residents for supporting the national Stay at Home messages over recent weeks in the efforts to protect communities from coronavirus – but has now urged people to stay local and keep Wales safe.

From today Welsh Government has confirmed that two households in the same local area will be able to meet outdoors, but must follow social distancing guidelines and strict hand hygiene practices to control the spread of the virus.

'Local' means not generally travelling more than 5 miles from home to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading from one area to another and the Council would like to make it clear that beauty and tourist spots in Denbighshire and throughout the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including country parks,  remain closed until further notice.
Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for Housing and Communities, said: “The people of Denbighshire and other parts of Wales have played a crucial role in reducing the spread of coronavirus in our communities and we want to thank them for their efforts to stay at home and follow national guidelines.
“We recognise that the guidance has now changed, which allows people to stay local and allowing two households to meet in the outdoors.  All that we’re asking people to do is follow the guidelines and let’s play our part in keeping Wales safe.
“We have also been pleased that the vast majority of visitors have stayed away from our beauty spots.  The great weather we have experienced has made it really tempting for people to get out and visit our scenic countryside and beaches but we are asking visitors to continue to follow the guidelines and to stay away for the time being.  We will be opening up Denbighshire to visitors as soon as we can, but will not do so until the time is right."

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