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Fears Cornwall could lose £300m this Easter

Fears Cornwall could lose £300m this Easter

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:27am 30th March 2020. (Updated at 9:00am 31st March 2020)

It is feared that Cornwall could lose 200 to 300 million pounds this Easter because of the coronavirus lockdown.

It comes as the school holidays start in the Duchy but tourism bosses are urging visitors and second home owners to stay away.

Malcolm Bell heads up Visit Cornwall. He says it is a "terrifying" time for businesses in both the tourism and food and drink sectors.

He hopes things could be back open for business by the summer but fears we may have lost most of the year.

"It's a very terrifying position, this is the worst point of the year in terms of cash, when people talk about 6 to 12 months of restrictions and closures that fills people with horror.

"But if we all do as the Prime Minister is asking we might well be able to see a recovery by the summer.

"I think we've all got to play our part this Easter, and I never thought I'd be saying this as someone in tourism for over 20 years, you need to stay at home and enjoy where you are.

"Historically Christmas and Easter are where lots of people move around and the bugs move around with them, this is no different.

"Easter will very much be a stay at home Easter this year, so we can recover quickly and reduce the number of needless lives lost."

Malcolm Bell, Visit Cornwall

It comes after a joint campaign was launched before the UK lockdown, urging tourists to #comebacklater.

MP for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Double, warned that visiting Cornwall could put lives at risk.

The advice for visitors is to plan to come to Cornwall later in the year when more facilities are open for business, trading normally, and when visitors will get the high-quality experience they associate with coming to Cornwall.

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