Mayor of Oswestry, Cllr John Price, says that although people are confined indoors, they should still do their best to communicate with others.

"As I'm driving round on the bus, people can see and can wave," said Cllr Price. "People can be together without being together, it's import to me that people know that

"If you're walking past and see someone through the window give them a wave.

"You can't speak to them at the door but you can give them a wave a reassure them."

He also adds that people should heed government advice on how to stay safe.

"We have a contingency plan in place which we are reviewing on a daily basis," he added.

"Decisions are being made in line with national guidance and in the public interest – we are always mindful of the impact of these decisions but need to support the government’s policy to encourage people to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

"As of today (Tuesday), we have taken the decision to close most of our services and have a minimum staff presence.

"There is no access to the Guildhall and I encourage anyone who has an enquiry to contact us by phone or via email and I am working closely with the town clerk to review what we do and how we do it.

"As a council we are in dialogue with partners in the community to see how we can all work together to support those who need help.

"Clearly these are difficult times and I would encourage people to look out for one another, to be considerate and to follow the advice of the government.

"There are groups out there helping people and I would ask that if you do need help, then please ask for it.

"Oswestry BID are working with their members and a number of them are providing a delivery service at oneoswestry.co.uk/covid-19/oswestry-business-covid19-response and the town council will also try and support those who need help and those who are willing to volunteer, our contact number is 01691 680222."

Ellesmere mayor, Councillor Paul Goulbourne, says the coronavirus pandemic will be a test for his residents, but has praised the sense of community spirit the outbreak has fostered.

"During my year as mayor one of my main objective has been to try to build on with the amazing sense of pride and community we feel for our little town," said Cllr Goulbourne.

"This is the very reason we moved to Ellesmere 18 years ago.

"I didn't envisage that this sense of community spirit would be in demand in a scenario like the one we now find ourselves in.

"It has become clear that we are now facing a fast-developing situation in our response to COVID-19. Undoubtedly this will test each one of us in new and unprecedented ways, with many frightened people out there.

"But we know that the qualities that define Ellesmere – our sense of pride, togetherness and cooperation – can be relied upon.

"In essence, our over-arching response to COVID-19 will be underpinned by our need to be kind to everyone.

"We know our wonderful communities are already organising volunteer responses.

"Whether it is checking on vulnerable neighbours or offering calm reassurance to friends and loved ones, we can all play a part."

Ellesmere Town Council has since taken the lead on a COVID-19 Community Support Group, formed to help the local community during the time of the coronavirus pandemic.

The town council, community and faith groups and local volunteers have all come together to provide help where it's needed and the town hall and its staff are coordinating this by registering volunteers and people who need help.

They can be contacted during working hours by phone on 01691 622689 or 01691 596290 or by the specially set up email ellesmerecovid19sg@yahoo.com or online at www.ellesmerecovidsupportgroups.org.uk

Cllr Goulbourne says residents should get in touch if they are suffering symptoms or are high risk, so the council can support them, including deliveries of food, essential items and prescriptions and calling or video calling to check in.

"What has been achieved in the last few days has proved to me that we are a town that pulls together when required," added Paul. "I have no doubt that we will all rise to the challenge.

"Finally, I would urge everyone to take heed of the Prime Minister's advice to keep away from public areas as much as possible, and if you have to go to the shops, keep to the recommended advice on social distancing and hand washing.

"I would advise you to read the government guidance. The sooner we do this the sooner we can get back to some normality.

"Remember by ignoring this advice you can inadvertently kill someone.

"Although the town hall is closed to the public, the staff will still be at work manning the phones and managing the many services we provide. Please stay safe."