A TOWN cemetery has been closed to the public to help tackle the spread of coronavirus.

Bicester Town Council made the decision to close the cemetery in St Edburg's churchyard.

It will only be open for burials, however there will be limited access.

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The government had issued advice to councils to close cemeteries and crematoria for everything other than funeral services.

Mayor Jason Slaymaker said: "We are deeply saddened to have to take this action, but adhering to the government's advice about social distancing is essential as the country battles against coronavirus.

"We know people will be concerned they are unable to visit and tend their loved ones' graves, but you can be rest assured our outdoor team will continue to work to maintain the cemetery and as soon as we are able, it will be opened to the public again."