The Leader of the Council has announced that all play areas across the County Borough will be closed from this evening (Sunday, March 22) in an effort to adhere to and encourage the social distancing guidelines issued by the UK Government and Welsh Government.

Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan, said: “Over the weekend I have seen numerous photos and received reports of people not adhering to the social distancing guidelines as we attempt to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

“Public Health Wales today announced that a further seven people have died here in Wales over recent days as a result of the virus, and I would like to extend my condolences to their families at this difficult time. In addition to these deaths, the number of confirmed cases in Wales continues to grow by the day, with significant increases over the last two days in particular.

“The social distancing advice is there for a reason – people are falling ill and people with underlying health issues are dying as a result of the continued transmission of the virus, and it is absolutely imperative to minimise the contact people have with one another in order to slow the continuing trend.

“I appreciate that these are exceptional times for all of us, but this should not be treated as a Public Bank Holiday - it’s not, it’s a Public Health Emergency.

"Unfortunately, I am now instructing the measure to close all play areas in the interests of public safety, and if necessary, we will go further and close all public parks unless social distancing is taken seriously. Public notices will be placed at all play areas by the Council as soon as possible.”

Posted on Sunday 22nd March 2020

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