RECYCLING centres, public toilets and parks are among the latest in a raft of closures announced by Anglesey and Gwynedd councils in a bid to control the spread of Covid-19.

Both authorities have announced the closure of public toilets “until further notice” as the ongoing fight against coronavirus continues.

Anglesey revealed it is shutting many coastal parks and Gwynedd followed suit, with popular beaches and harbours set to become largely out of bounds.

The measures include vehicle access shut off to both Morfa Bychan and Abersoch beaches as well as the closure of all council slipways and food and drink concessions along the county’s coastline.

The slipways will also be closed at Aberdyfi, Barmouth and Porthmadog harbours as well as the closure of Parc Padarn and Glynllifon country parks.

Access to the pontoon at Hafan Pwllheli marina will also be prohibited as well as slipways to all park and launch crafts.

Anglesey Council, meanwhile, revealed that both the Gwalchmai and Penhesgyn waste centres will close to the public.

The move follows an earlier decision, taken in conjunction with Natural Resources Wales, to close several coastal car parks on the island in a bid to deter tourists.

Gwynedd Council cabinet Member for Economy and Community, Cllr Gareth Thomas, said: “Before the Coronovirus emergency, the tourism sector employed over 16,000 people in Gwynedd and it is impossible to fully comprehend what impact the virus will have on this sector and every part of our local economy.

“Gwynedd has welcomed tourists for centuries, and we recognise the important contribution they make to our area and in supporting our economy.

“However, we cannot welcome visitors at this time, and we ask politely but firmly that they stay away or return to their main home addresses, and to then come back to visit the area when we will have overcome the current situation.

“For the time being, the message to visitors is simple – by leaving your homes and coming to Gwynedd now you are putting your health and the health of the people of Gwynedd at risk.”

His counterprt on Anglesey Council, Cllr Carwyn Jones, went on to say: “These are tough measures but it’s essential we take them. We must act and stop visitors coming to the Island with immediate effect.

“The increase in visitors will put an immense extra strain on essential public services, including the local Hospitals and our wider NHS.”