PONTARDAWE Art Centre along with local libraries are among the services to close, Neath Port Talbot council have announced.

The news comes following the government’s press conference yesterday afternoon.

The prime minister has said he is giving “very strong advice that public venues such as theatres should no longer be visited”.

A statement from NPT council said: "We are now entering a phase where the Government has introduced social distancing measures.

"We will be implementing service changes to respond to the Government’s strategy in phases. 

"The Pontardawe Arts Centre, the Gwyn Hall and the Princess Royal Theatre will shut temporarily from this afternoon (March 17) in line with Government advice on “social distancing”.

"Margam Country Park, Gnoll Estate Country Park and other parks and leisure centres will remain open in line with Public Health Wales advice. The position is under constant review.

"All libraries will be closed from March 18.

"All youth club activity has been suspended as have adult learning courses. We will seek to maintain adult learning through digital channels where possible."

The council said it is not yet moving to full scale school closure but that could change very quickly with this issue being discussed at a national level.

The statement continued: "There have been several incorrect reports of school closures so parents are asked to check www.npt.gov.uk/coronavirus which is continually updated (including information on school closures) for the latest information.

"When it comes to social services, business continuity plans are currently being updated to prioritise care in anticipation there will be a need to revise the delivery of services.

"The entire service user cohort (around 4,500 people) has been reviewed individually to prioritise need. Our Social Services Department is fully engaged with NHS Planning so that we can co-ordinate efforts to support and protect those most in need."

All routine council meetings have been suspended until further notice.