PLAY areas across Ceredigion have been closed.

A spokesperson for Ceredigion County Council said: “This decision doesn’t come lightly as they are wonderful places to enjoy.

“However, you may have noticed people are still meeting in outdoor parks and communal areas outside. We must protect our communities and strive to ensure that people stay away from places where they can come together, especially children and young people who are not currently attending school.

“It is also important to note, it is reported that coronavirus can remain on surfaces, including metals and plastics.

“The council requires all playground owners/managers in Ceredigion to ensure that the community keep away from the play spaces. These include community spaces, parks and skate parks.

“If there is a gate or fence around the play area, it will be locked and a poster placed on the entrance. For those areas without a fence or gate, the poster will be put in a suitable place so that the public can understand that it is not safe for them to use the play area at present.”