Coronavirus: The Public Is Invited To Stay Home In A Continuous Struggle

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The parking lot was crowded at the Pen-y-Pass two weekends ago


Authorities have urged Wales residents to stay home despite the sunny weather this weekend as the fight against coronaviruses continues.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford was joined by police, boards and national parks to call people to stay inside.

This happened two weeks after large crowds were seen in places of recreation despite the restrictions in place.

Drakeford said it was not time to break the brakes “as tempting as they are”.

“This is absolutely not the time to step back from the effort we are all putting in, now is the time to stick to the effort that has continued across Wales”, he said Friday at a Welsh government press conference.

Crowds stayed away over the weekend, authorities said people had “understood” the message after “unprecedented” numbers arrived at places of beauty a fortnight ago.

The Gwent police were among the organizations once again calling on people to comply with the restrictions imposed across the UK.

Chief Superintendent Ian Roberts issued a warning that officers would use their powers if necessary.

He said: “This is a matter of last resort for us, but we have the resources and we are prepared and ready this weekend to make sure that we are fully behind our colleagues in the NHS. “

Police in South Wales echoed the feelings on Twitter.

And the six councils in North Wales issued a joint statement to “ask visitors not to come and see us right now”.

Conwy, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Wrexham, Denbighshire and Anglesey were joined by superintendent Richie Green of the North Wales police who said the police “would continue to chat with people” over the weekend.

Snowdonia National Park – which received a huge number of visitors two weeks ago – said there would be “no access to the popular mountain areas of Snowdonia” until further notice.

However, on Friday, some people on Twitter hinted that Llanberis was “inundated” with tourists.

And Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami told RVers “don’t come to North Wales” when they tweet a traffic camera image of several people apparently heading for the area.

When are people allowed to leave their homes?

Under the regulations, no one can leave their home “without reasonable excuse”.

Reasonable excuses include:

  • Shopping for basic necessities such as food or medicine
  • Exercise (guidelines suggest once a day, and in Wales it’s the law)
  • Seek medical assistance, or to avoid injury or illness, or to avoid a risk of harm
  • Provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person, provide emergency assistance or donate blood
  • Go to work or to perform voluntary services, when it is not possible to do them from home

You can read more about the restrictions here.

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The Pembrokeshire to Amroth Coastal Trail National Trail


Farmers have asked that the roads be closed due to fears of an increase in the number of walkers.

And while the Pembrokeshire Coastal Trail will be opened, local and national park officials have urged those who use it to “stay safe and respect the privacy and affairs of the landowners.”

“With the exercise near their homes, part of the reason for leaving isolation, paths and walks is becoming increasingly busy,” they said in a joint statement.

“Walkers are invited to access the trails only from their door and to be aware that when you use the rights of way in the countryside, you are crossing private land. “

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