The Penarth Town Council has announced that its administrative offices in West House are closing as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

In a statement released today, the council said it would cease work at the building in an effort to protect the public. It said:

"Penarth Town Council is liaising with appropriate levels of government and partners in the public sector to ensure a co-ordinated response to the current situation. In particular, our colleagues in local government at Vale of Glamorgan Council provide a lead on ensuring the wellbeing of Penarth’s communities.

"Penarth Town Council is taking all appropriate steps to ensure the wellbeing of the public.

"In light of this, and recent government guidance, Penarth Town Council’s West House office is closed. However, office-based staff will continue to work from home to ensure that core operational services can continue.

"The ongoing situation and latest official guidance have resulted in inevitable changes to our operations. The town council is making best efforts to ensure public service and safety. Relevant partners and customers have been informed and we will be updating the community with changes when applicable."

It was announced yesterday that the first known case of Coronavirus in Penarth had been identified at the Ty Gwyn care home in Penarth, on the same day the epidemic claimed its first Welsh victim.

At the same time, the prime minister announced a series of stringent measures aimed at limiting social interaction and tackling the spread of the virus.

People have been advises to limit all unnecessary social interactions and to work from home where possible.

The Penarth Town Council will still be operating remotely and they can be contacted at:

Alternatively, you can call them on: 02920 713 840.