Tryfan and parts of the Ogwen Valley will be out of bounds to visitors. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Tryfan and parts of the Ogwen Valley will be out of bounds to visitors. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Parts of Snowdonia national park will be put into lockdown from Thursday evening.

The Welsh Government has announced four authority areas in north Wales will be added to those in south Wales where bans on people entering and leaving the boroughs are in place.

Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham will be subject to the restrictions from 6pm on Thursday.

Conwy includes the mountains of the Ogwen Valley, including Tryfan, the Glyderau and the Carneddau as well as Capel Curig and Moel Siabod. Y Garn is outside the Conwy local authority area.

Snowdon, Llanberis and the southern part of Snowdonia, including Cadair Idris are not affected by the increased restrictions, but the Clwydian Range, including Moel Famau and the hills around the Horseshoe Pass will be subject to travel bans.

The Cardiff administration’s coronavirus restrictions already apply in parts of the Brecon Beacons national park, which fall into the Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil areas.

The government said people will not be allowed to enter or leave each of the locked-down areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education.

And people will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors. They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households.

Health minister Vaughan Gething said: “Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in coronavirus cases in four north Wales local authority areas – in Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and Conwy.

“These are largely linked to people socialising indoors and are the pattern of transmission similar to what we have seen in south Wales.

“We have worked closely with local authority leaders and the police in north Wales and we all agree about the need to take swift action to control and the spread of the virus.

“Large parts of Wales will now be subject to local restrictions but I want to be clear – this is not a national lockdown. These are a series of local restrictions to respond to rises in cases in individual areas.

“It’s always difficult to make the decision to impose restrictions but we hope that these measures will make a positive difference – just as we have seen in Caerphilly and Newport, where local residents have pulled together and followed the rules.

“It is important we all work together and support each other. This isn’t just about protecting ourselves, it’s about protecting each other.”

The government said the restrictions are being introduced following a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases in coronavirus, which have been linked to people meeting indoors, not following social distancing guidelines and returning from summer holidays overseas.

The Welsh Government met with local authorities, health boards and police across north Wales on Tuesday to discuss the situation across the region, and what measures could be taken to prevent the further spread of the virus and how to protect people’s health.

It said the local restrictions will not be introduced in Anglesey or Gwynedd at this stage, where cases are lower. Snowdon, which had large numbers of walkers queueing to reach its summit over the weekend is in the Gwynedd council area, as are the southern part of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula.

The new local restrictions will be kept under regular review, the government said. They will be enforced by local authorities and by the police.

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