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A number of Welsh resorts will now be closed to visitors out of the local authority area as the Welsh Government imposes strict restrictions due to a rise in Covid cases.

The borders of Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy will closed from 6pm on Thursday, with no-one allowed in or out without “reasonable excuse”.

Meaning popular destinations including Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Betws-Y-Coed and Llanrwst are now off limits to tourists.

However the new restrictions do not apply to the areas of Gwynedd and Anglesey, with these areas remaining out of lockdown – with holidays and day trips still permitted.

But their location in west Wales means to get there, you have to travel through the locked down counties.

The question has been raised if those wanting to access these areas of north Wales will be allowed to pass through the four restricted local authority areas to reach them.

For instance, those travelling from the North West to reach hotels and holiday cottages, or day trips in the area – including Snowdon and the popular town of Abersoch – or those travelling to Holyhead Port.

Usually these visitors would have to use the A55 expressway or other A-roads that pass through the lockdown counties without a huge detour around them.



a sign on the side of a rock: The rules on travelling through the lockdown areas to get to Gwynedd and Anglesey - which are currrently free from restrictions


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The rules on travelling through the lockdown areas to get to Gwynedd and Anglesey – which are currrently free from restrictions

According to the Welsh Government, travel through the lockdown counties is allowed, however they are expected to travel straight to their destination. Meaning pit stops for picnics and trips to cafe’s is not allowed.

However stopping for essentials such as fuel in the lockdown areas is permitted.

This applies to those coming from lockdown areas in England that don’t currently have travel restrictions.

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.”

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