Health Protection Regulations (Coronavirus) - Closure of Paths and Open Spaces

Date: 25/03/2020

Following last weekend's events (21 and 22 March) when large numbers of people were seen visiting the countryside and coastline of Gwynedd and other counties, the Welsh Government has issued a Health Protection Regulation which authorise County Councils, National Parks, the National Trust and Natural Resources Wales to close public rights of way.

The purpose of the regulations is to prevent access to locations such as Snowdon and other places that attract large numbers of people and consequently endanger the health of others.

The regulations are not intended to block and stop the use of the majority of the path network. It is important that our paths are accessible to the people of Gwynedd for keeping fit and relaxing at a time that is challenging for us all. Everyone using our paths should adhere to NHS guidelines, no more than two to assemble and to stay at least 2 metres away from others who may be on the path or on the land or adjacent property.

However, action must be taken to prevent the repetition of last weekend's events and Gwynedd Council is working with the Snowdonia National Park Authority to close paths and open land in the following areas - Snowdon, Cader Idris, Y Garn(Ogwen), Y Glyderau , Tryfan, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy.

The access restrictions apply from noon on Wednesday, 25 March 2020.