Councillor's plea for tourists to 'visit Conwy later'


A Conwy county councillor is urging tourists to "visit Conwy later" and to "remain at home and follow government guidelines".

This call comes after a surge in the number of visitors to parts of Conwy county and Snowdonia over the weekend. Snowdonia National Park's Chief Executive has also urged people to stay at home.

Cllr Aaron Wynne, who represents Llanrwst on Conwy council said;

"Parts of Conwy and north Wales saw a large influx of visitors this weekend as tourists fled from big cities.

"This goes against government advice to stay at home and avoid all unnecessary travel. Following these guidelines will save lives.

"Non essential travel in Wales will add unnecessary pressure on our public services and infrastructure.

"Conwy is a great place to visit. But please do this later. Conwy and north Wales looks forward to welcoming you here in the future, but for now stay home and stay safe."

Snowdonia National Park's Chief Executive Emyr Williams has also urged people to stay at home. He said the numbers of tourists visiting the area made it "impossible to maintain effective social distancing." He said;

"On Friday night the Prime Minister announced new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. This included ordering the closure of all pubs, cafes and hotels.

"In the 24 hours following this announcement there have been unprecedented scenes in Snowdonia.

Cllr Wyn Jones, leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Conwy council added;

"Betws y Coed as busy as ever today, scores of tourists, Motorcyclists mostly, chatting and socialising without a care in the world, seemingly. We'll never get rid of Corona Virus unless our Governments stop all non essential travel. Please stay at home."



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