An ABC Council spokesperson said: “This decision has been made in the interest of public safety, and to protect the most vulnerable in our society. Please follow the Public Health Authorities (PHA) guidance relating to social distancing.

“During this unprecedented time, we would like to thank you for your support, co-operation and patience.”

The council had previously closed play parks.

A similar move to shut up forest parks, country parks and beaches under the control of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council was taken on Monday afternoon.