A ZOO has shut it doors over concerns around the spread of coronavirus.

The Welsh Mountain Zoo, in Colwyn Bay, said following government advice - and in a bid to try and reduce the impacts of Covid-19, they will be closing their gates until further notice.

A spokesperson for the zoo said: "Please rest assured that our dedicated and hardworking team will provide the best care for our amazing animals, as they always do.

"During this time, we are, of course, constantly monitoring the situation and are following both UK Government and World Health Organisation guidelines. We will also continue to take every precaution to safeguard our valued staff."

The zoo came underfire last week after staying it would stay open.

Posting on the Pioneer Facebook, one reader said: "Everyone will flock there , then it'll be busy. Should close like everywhere else. Less chance of those pesky germs spreading."

Another person said: "Its a place of mass gathering. Needs to close like everything else of entertainment."

The zoo has posted a statement on www.welshmountainzoo.org which answers questions relating to booked animal experiences; supporting the zoo and who will be caring for the animals.

The spokesperson added: "Although our gates will be closed and we will miss seeing so many of our friends and supporters in the zoo, we will be providing regular updates on our website and social media and encourage interaction through these channels until we can see you all again.

"Take care of yourselves and be considerate of others. This is not goodbye, just simply see you soon."

Public Health Wales said today (March 23) there were 15 cases of positive cases at BCUHB of covid-19.

Sixteen people have died in Wales from the infection.