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Promises of more support for struggling tourism businesses in Cornwall

Promises of more support for struggling tourism businesses in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:17am 7th May 2020. (Updated at 10:04am 7th May 2020)

Cornwall's promised there will be more help for tourism businesses that are suffering amid the pandemic... if it is needed.

There are fears some could lose a year's worth of trade if they can't re-open by July.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick addressed the issue during Wednesday night's coronavirus press briefing.

The Secretary of State said there is help available and more interventions may be made going forward.

He praised Cornwall Council for already having dished out over £200m in grants to businesses in the Duchy.

"I think we all understand that many businesses across the country are suffering but those in hospitality are particularly poorly equipped to cope with what is happening at the moment.

"An economy such as the south west, which is so heavily dependant on tourism, will be very significantly impacted.

"The package of measures that the Chancellor has already brought forward are helping businesses in Cornwall.

He added: "I know that Cornwall Council is one of the best in the country for getting those grants out to the businesses that need them.

"They've already paid out £202 million pounds' worth of grants to 17,789 firms, which is one of the highest in England, and I pay tribute to the officers at Cornwall Council for doing that.

"The Prime Minister has said today that if further interventions are required to support a sector, like tourism or hospitality, we will obviously consider that and bring forward appropriate measures when there needed.

"We know it's going to be very difficult for them in the months to come and we want to try to guide their path through this period so they, like the rest of the economy, can bounce back when we're able to open in due course."

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick

The government was also quizzed on how much support there would be for local police forces, such as Devon and Cornwall, when lockdown measures are eased.

It comes amid concerns that in influx of visitors could flock to the south west.

The Prime Minister is expected to announce he is easing lockdown measures when he gives an update on Sunday.

It is believed that the rules on exercising could be lifted, with people being allowed to leave their homes to exercise more than once a day.

Boris Johnson is also expected to say that people can start to return to work, if it is safe to do so.

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