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Busiest mountain sites in Snowdonia closed amid coronavirus lockdown

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Snowdon and other Welsh mountains have now been shut off to the public because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Snowdonia National Authority Park Authority (SNPA) announced the decision after hundreds of people were spotted walking on the mountains at the weekend.

From now Snowdon, Cader Idris, 'Ogwen' - Y Garn, Glyderau, Tryfan and Cwm Idwal, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy are closed to the public.

It follows unprecedented scenes at the weekend, with the Pen y Pass car park at Snowdon and nearby roads, jammed with traffic as hikers piled up Snowdon.

This was despite government guidance over social distancing, which urged people to stay at home and not take unnecessary journeys to stop the spread of covid-19.

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Our priority in these difficult times is the health of our staff and volunteers and looking after the communities and business in and around the National Park.

We are closing the busiest mountains in Snowdonia, and there will be no access to these mountains until further notice, this includes Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), Cader Idris, 'Ogwen' - Y Garn, Glyderau, Tryfan and Cwm Idwal, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy.

– Snowdonia National Authority Park Authority

The Park Authority has also closed all its main car parks, information centres, Plas Tan y Bwlch - its study centre, and warden centres - although wardens will remain at work with “limited social contact”.

All scheduled events, volunteer activities and authority meetings are cancelled until further notice, and the head office is closed to the public.

No face-to-face public consultations will take place, but some officers may undertake some site visits. We are looking at all alternative options at present and will release details as soon as possible.

Where possible we are looking to continue contracted service and projects in order to support local businesses and the economy. If you have any general questions please contact parc@eryri.llyw.cyrmu.

– Snowdonia National Authority Park Authority
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Meanwhile coastguards says people are still going to the coast and beaches despite warnings to stay at home because of COVID-19.

They say they are getting a number of calls reporting groups of people on beaches across the UK.

Stay at home. The risk of spreading Coronavirus is huge and while you might be okay, the person you give it to may not. And if you get into trouble and have to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, you’re then putting frontline emergency responders at risk of COVID-19 too.

At this time of the year the beaches aren’t lifeguarded which is a double risk to you and our emergency responders. Help us to help you. Stay at home.

– Pete Mizen, assistant director for HM Coastguard

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