A HOST of leisure centres and sports facilities have closed in Ceredigion.

The decision was made by Ceredigion Council this week following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the county.

The council confirmed the move was a "precautionary measure."

Aberaeron Leisure Centre, Lampeter Leisure Centre, Lampeter Swimming Pool, Penglais Sports Hall, Cardigan Artificial Turf Pitch and Synod Inn Artificial Turf Pitch have all closed to the public.

A council statement read: "The difficult decision has been taken by Ceredigion County Council’s Gold Command as leisure centres and associated facilities are high risk establishments for the transmission of the disease.

"The risk of transmission of the coronavirus is high.

"For that reason, action has been taken now to ensure the safety of our customers, staff and the wider community."

"This decision was not taken lightly, as the important contribution that being physically active makes to the well-being of the county’s citizens is recognised.

"However, the council has a duty to ensure that the spread of the coronavirus is prevented wherever possible.

"The council extends its deepest thanks to the staff within the leisure service.

"They have done everything they can and put every necessary measure in place to ensure a safe and welcoming service to customers.

"The staff and customers’ safety is the main priority and with high risk of transmission, the safest option for all concerned is to close for the time being."

The decision will be reviewed on ongoing basis based on the number of cases in the county.