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People living in rural areas say they live further apart from family and friends than those in cities.

Powys urges potential visitors to stay away

A sign on the A470 near Pen y Fan, where all laybys are closed
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A sign on the A470 near Pen y Fan, where all laybys are closed

Potential visitors to Powys have been reminded that Covid-19 restrictions in Wales are different to those in England – with letters sent to holiday home owners urging them to stay away.

Powys county council leader, Councillor Rosemarie Harris, says Wales must “remain vigilant”.

“Any increase in the infection transfer rate triggered by ignoring social distancing and movement restrictions could have a devastating impact on the spread of coronavirus,” she said.

“A slight increase in the infection rate could see hundreds of lives lost across the county and I urge visitors to stay away.

“We have written to holiday home owners in the county reminding them of their responsibilities and urging them to stay away for now.

“We know it is tempting to come to Powys but now is not the time. We don’t want to risk a second infection wave – the consequences for our residents and economy are too horrible to contemplate.”

Machynlleth comedy festival moves to online and radio

Machynlleth town centre
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Under normal circumstances, Machynlleth would be a hive of activity this weekend thanks to the town's annual comedy festival.

The event has become one of the UK's leading comedy festivals, attracting big names to the small town in Powys, but this year's has been cancelled because of coronavirus.

“People come here from London, from Newcastle, from everywhere - the festival has put Machynlleth's name on the map across Britain," said the town council's Jim Honeybill.

In the absence of the festival, BBC Radio Wales will broadcast a series of special programmes this weekend.

There will be a documentary looking back at the festival's 10-year history, performances by Welsh comedians and comedy from some of the festival's stars live from their homes.

Colleagues 'heartbroken' at care worker's death

Powys County Council has announced that one of its members of staff has died with suspected Covid-19.

Sharon Scanlon, 58, of Brecon, a member of the county council’s adult social care team, died today, the council said.

Married with two grown up children and a granddaughter, Mrs Scanlon had worked for the council for four years.

“She was a valued colleague and friend to many of us and will be greatly missed,” it said in a statement.

“All the staff at the council, and particularly the adult social care team, are completely heartbroken that their friend and colleague has died."

Sharon Scanlon
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Severe disruption: A487 Gwynedd both ways

BBC News Travel

A487 Gwynedd both ways severe disruption, between A493 and Machynlleth station.

A487 Gwynedd - A487 Dyfi Bridge in Machynlleth closed in both directions between the A493 junction and the Machynlleth station junction, because of flooding.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A487 Gwynedd both ways

BBC News Travel

A487 Gwynedd both ways severe disruption, between A493 and Machynlleth station.

A487 Gwynedd - A487 Dyfi Bridge in Machynlleth closed in both directions between the A493 junction and the Machynlleth station junction, because of flooding.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A487 Gwynedd both ways

BBC News Travel

A487 Gwynedd both ways severe disruption, between A493 and Machynlleth station.

A487 Gwynedd - A487 Dyfi Bridge in Machynlleth closed in both directions between the A493 junction and the Machynlleth station junction, because of flooding.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A487 Gwynedd both ways

BBC News Travel

A487 Gwynedd both ways severe disruption, at Dyfi Bridge.

A487 Gwynedd - A487 in Ffridd closed in both directions at the Dyfi Bridge junction, because of flooding.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time