CARAVAN and camping sites across the Ceredigion area are closing down after the influx of visitors over the weekend that could threaten to swamp health services in the area

A Ceredigion Council spokesperson said: “This weekend has seen an high influx of visitors and this action by business owners will help stem the flow of people into the area at a time when services will be strained.

“We are aware that this will be a difficult decision for business owners. However, it’s the right decision given that people staying at home in their own areas will help reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

“We strongly advise every caravan and camping sites to follow suit. This would be the most responsible and appropriate action under the circumstances.

“Hywel Dda University Health Board receives funding based on household population figures. These sites could increase the population by a further 50% in Ceredigion and therefore cause the infrastructure to collapse. We need swift and urgent action from all campsite owners.”

Caravan and camping sites in the Tivyside area which have closed include Blaenwaun Caravan and Camping Park, Mwnt and Quay West at New Quay

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Self-isolation for those who have symptoms and social distancing by everyone is absolutely essential at this stage if we are to delay the spread of this virus and save lives.

“We all need to follow this advice now to protect each other and our families and to help ensure our NHS is not overwhelmed.

“Social distancing includes avoiding all but essential travel and if people don’t follow this advice we will have no choice but to use powers to enforce it.”