DENBIGHSHIRE County Council is reminding residents that the next step to beating the coronavirus is to 'stay local and keep Wales safe'.

The Welsh Government has said that, as of this Monday, two households in the same local area will be able to meet outdoors, but must follow social distancing guidelines and strict hand hygiene practices to control the spread of the virus.

'Local' means not generally travelling more than five miles from home to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading from one area to another and the Council say they would 'like to make it clear' that beauty and tourist spots in Denbighshire and throughout the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including country parks, remain closed until further notice.

Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for Housing and Communities, said: “The people of Denbighshire and other parts of Wales have played a crucial role in reducing the spread of coronavirus in our communities and we want to thank them for their efforts to stay at home and follow national guidelines.

“We recognise that the guidance has now changed, which allows people to stay local and allowing two households to meet in the outdoors. All that we’re asking people to do is follow the guidelines and let’s play our part in keeping Wales safe.

“We have also been pleased that the vast majority of visitors have stayed away from our beauty spots. The great weather we have experienced has made it really tempting for people to get out and visit our scenic countryside and beaches but we are asking visitors to continue to follow the guidelines and to stay away for the time being.

"We will be opening up Denbighshire to visitors as soon as we can, but will not do so until the time is right”.