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Doctor urges any tourists in Cornwall to self-isolate

Doctor urges any tourists in Cornwall to self-isolate

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:17am 24th March 2020. (Updated at 11:22am 24th March 2020)

A doctor working in the emergency department at Treliske is urging any tourists in Cornwall to self-isolate amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Worry and anger was reported from locals after visitors were spotted 'flocking' to the Duchy over the weekend.

People also visited crowded beauty spots, parks and beaches during the Sunday sunshine.

The Prime Minister has now enforced a UK-wide lockdown where people are only allowed to leave their homes for a few select reasons.

These include for food shopping, to exercise once a day, for medical reasons or to help a vulnerable person. Those who cannot do their job from home are also allowed to go to work, if it is essential.

For those tourists who have already arrived in Cornwall, Dr Lucy Obolensky is urging them to self-isolate for seven days, saying she fears Cornwall's health services will not be able to cope in the coming days.

She says visitors should not go to the shops or go for a walk, but to stay inside and have any provisions delivered instead.


"People are clearly not following government advice about not travelling to Cornwall. So, we're asking all those people who do come, to please stay in their holiday home or holiday accommodation when they arrive and self isolate for 7 days. 

"That means not going out, going to the shops or going for a walk. We're asking visitors to get provisions delivered to their holiday accommodation and to stay in their house. Our local community are offering to help with deliveries. Please spread the word.

"Self isolation on arrival is vitally important in helping slow the spread of the virus here. Cornwall has one hospital for the entire county and we have an elderly population. 

"Half a million people live here and this Saturday there were an additional 1.8 million people on the A30 heading this way. We will struggle to cope with the Coronavirus outbreak in the coming days. We're saying, if you must come to Cornwall, you must self isolate for 7 days to help save lives."

Dr Lucy Obolensky, Treliske Emergency Department

What is the latest government advice?

Effective immediately, the government says you can go outside only for "very limited purposes":

  • Shopping for basic necessities like food and medicine, with Downing Street saying you should do this "as infrequently as possible" and use food delivery services "where you can"
  • One form of exercise a day, such as a run, walk or cycle. This can be done alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, to give care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only if this is "absolutely necessary" and cannot be done from home

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