AS half term approaches, Flintshire Council is reminding residents that, although parks and play areas will remain open, they must not travel by car to visit them.

Following the First Minister’s announcement of a national ‘fire-break’ to help slow down the spread of coronavirus, restrictions are in place over the school holidays to remain at home as much as possible to give the virus a ‘short and sharp shock’.

The council is reminding residents that everyone should stay safe while out and about.

After a number of incidents and injuries this summer, particularly at Wepre Park where emergency services had to be called, please be prepared and wear the correct equipment.

This half term, enjoy and respect our natural environment - but be responsible and look after you and yours by:

• Being prepared and planning ahead

• Wearing footwear suitable for the terrain

• Dressing for the weather

• Checking where you are going is open and accessible

• Remembering to physically or socially distance

• Taking your litter home

• Being a responsible dog owner

• Following the countryside code

Flintshire Council’s cabinet member for streetscene and countryside, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said: "We want local residents to continue to enjoy our local green spaces, which are a delight as the seasons change, safely.

"Please help everyone by cooperating, follow the rules and regulations and stay safe, stay local.”