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MP urges people 'not to come on holiday to Cornwall'

MP urges people 'not to come on holiday to Cornwall'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:25am 20th March 2020.

An MP from Cornwall is urging people not to come to the Duchy on holiday amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Steve Double, who represents St Austell and Newquay, has posted a plea on his Facebook page.

He says that a holiday is not essential travel and that Cornwall's supermarkets and NHS are already under enough pressure.

Mr. Double's message has already has over 1,000 shares and comments on social media.

"As a proud Cornishman I never thought I would say this - but please do NOT come to Cornwall for a holiday in the coming weeks.

"I know its tempting but a holiday is NOT essential travel. We have enough to deal with on our own without people coming here with the virus and putting even more pressure on our NHS and supermarkets.

"I know holiday firms are understandably worried about their business. But encouraging people to come on holiday is really not going to help."

Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay

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It comes amid fears for Cornwall's tourism industry with the Easter holidays fast approaching.

A number of popular attractions have closed temporarily and big events have been cancelled or postponed.

Speaking to ITV News West Country earlier this week, tourism bosses said they believe the industry can bounce back.

"If the support package is right it can recover and it can recover very fast.

"I think we're going through a strange time, about two or three weeks behind Italy, so we know what's coming.

"We've got to look beyond that to when maybe 10 or 20 million have had it, it's still the summer and people want to come on holiday.

"That is a long way off, but one of the things we'll be doing with other colleagues across the region is planning for the recovery.

"That is what we can do while we go through the darkest period of this crisis."

Malcolm Bell, Visit Cornwall

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