RHYL Harbour has been put in 'formal lockdown' in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The harbour, which features Pont y Ddraig Pedestrian / Cycle Bridge, shut at 3pm on Wednesday, March 25. It will be closed until further notice.

All facilities will be closed.

Pont y Ddraig will remain in the lowered position with no access to the inner Harbour.

Rhyl Harbour boatyard will be locked and all services suspended.

A spokesperson from Denbighshire County Council said: "Both the inner and outer pontoons will have fob access for emergency purposes only.

"These are very difficult times and this is uncharted territory for everyone.

"Given the evermore pressing requirement to observe social distancing and the need to prevent non-essential travel and social contact, the Council feels this is the only responsible course of action.

"We would like to thank people in advance for their co-operation and understanding and will continue to engage with advice from Government and Public Health bodies to introduce any additional measures that are recommended or required."

Under strict new measures, in response to tackling the spread of Covid-19, people are urged to stay at home, only go outside for food, health reasons or work - but only if you cannot work from home, Stay two-metres away from other people and to wash hands as soon immediately on return to home.

Everybody must comply to the new measures.

The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

Julie James, The Welsh Government Minister for Housing and Local Government, said: "We are in the throes of a serious public health outbreak and all our lives are affected.

"How we respond will determine what sort of country we are when the current situation eases."

On Thursday, March 26, Public Health Wales confirmed 150 new cases have tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 628, although the true number of cases is likely to be higher.

Five further deaths have been reported to Public Health Wales of people who had tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the number of deaths in Wales to 22.