ALL council run play areas in Cheshire West and Chester have been closed following the government's announcement over the coronavirus outbreak.

Leader of the council and cabinet member for wellbeing, Cllr Louise Gittins, said: “Following government guidelines issued last night, we have closed all council-owned play areas from today until further notice.

“Our parks and open spaces remain open for exercise once a day as advised, but visitors should follow social distancing advice and stay at least 2m (6ft) away from other people.

“The Government has also stopped public gatherings of more than two people, except for members from the same household. The police have powers to enforce this, including fines and dispersing gatherings of more than two people.

“I hope our parks and open spaces will be used appropriately to provide much-needed fresh air for many people, as we all take the necessary action to help beat the coronavirus.”