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Please stay away!

Created on 20/03/2020 @ 20:23
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With brighter weather forecast and Mother’s Day on Sunday, there are fears that day trippers may be eyeing up the Welshpool area over the weekend.

Normally local businesses would be opening their arms to visitors at this time of year, but in these extraordinary times the collective plea is to please stay away.

The Welshpool area has been relatively untouched by the Coronavirus outbreak so far, and only eight cases have been reported county-wide, but an influx of day-trippers could have an impact.

Powis Castle is leaving its gardens open for the time being from 10am-4pm to encourage local people to exercise, and the National Trust, which manages the site, has called for common sense to prevail and not to travel unnecessarily.

Nature expert and writer Andy Beer from the National Trust said: “Although our coast and countryside will be open as usual, we’d encourage people to stay local and enjoy the first moments of spring where they are rather than making an unnecessary journey.

“We’ve had so much support for our move to keep our outdoor places open which has been really terrific to see. However, we have a responsibility to adhere to government advice and although many can continue to enjoy many of our outdoor places we recognise this weekend is likely to be a challenge.

“To ensure we are encouraging people to stay aware of social distancing, many of our smaller parks and gardens could be closed this weekend. The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our top priority.”

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