FLINTSHIRE Council say they will work to ensure services run as smoothly as possible during the upcoming ‘fire-break’.

Speaking after the announcement, a council spokesman said that a new set of temporary restrictions and closures will be brought into force by the ‘fire-break’

The spokesman said: “The council website is being updated to show which services will remain open during this period, and which will have to close. The link will be on the home page as soon as possible.

“We will be keeping all local services open where we are allowed to do so.

“We were keen to keep our household recycling centres open but we will not be allowed to do so. All regular household waste and recycling collection services will continue as normal.

“We are pleased that children’s outdoor play areas are allowed to remain open. We would urge parents to supervise their children at play areas, to take sanitising equipment with them and to avoid meeting up with others as this would be against the regulations.

“We are also pleased to confirm that our two Flintshire Connects centres at Holywell and Flint will remain open throughout this period for residents to access council and other services.

“Primary schools, special schools and childcare will remain open. Secondary schools will be advising parents/carers and students of the arrangements for the different age groups.

“We appeal for everyone to cooperate fully and follow the guidelines. By making personal sacrifices we can all play our part in slowing the spread of the virus and protecting lives.

“Do remember that the police and councils have enforcement powers, and that fines and other penalties can be imposed on individuals and businesses who breach the rules. We would all prefer that enforcement is a last resort.”