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MPs urge visitors not to travel to Cornwall over bank holiday

MPs urge visitors not to travel to Cornwall over bank holiday

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:30pm 23rd May 2020.

Photo: Stock image of Newquay

MPs in Cornwall have joined the call for visitors to avoid travelling to the Duchy over the bank holiday weekend and to come back later.

St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double, North Cornwall MP Scott Mann and Cornwall Council Leader Julian German are issuing their plea at the start of the first bank holiday weekend since the government eased some of its lockdown restrictions. 

All holiday accommodation providers have been ordered to stay shut and police have warned they could fine anyone staying overnight in second homes, caravans and campervans. 

“As a result of the hard work of the people of Cornwall we are winning our fight against this virus. In order to reduce the risk of a second wave it is important that people follow the government guidance and do not come to Cornwall for a holiday in Cornwall at this time.  

“The guidance is clear that overnight stays are not allowed, and our police do have powers to fine people who break the rules.  

“When it is safe to holiday in Cornwall we will welcome you back, but for now, please stay away and come back later.” 

Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay

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"Once again I must ask potential visitors to please not travel to North Cornwall and consider how this impacts on our local communities.  

“We have limited facilities available so please apply common sense and resist driving long distances for day trips. Do not travel to North Cornwall for holidays or to stay at your non- primary residence at this time.  

“We hope that we will be able to welcome visitors again soon but we aren't at that point yet." 

Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall

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“With the first bank holiday after the government eased some of its lockdown restrictions we are repeating a familiar message: if you’re planning a trip to Cornwall this weekend please, think twice, cancel it and come back later. We want to see you again – but not right now.  

“These are difficult and frustrating times, and now the government’s guidance has changed it’s easy to let down our guard and allow ourselves to be lulled into thinking that things have returned to normal. But that is simply not the case. It is emphatically not business as usual in Cornwall.   

“The virus has not gone away, and we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent and risk this terrible illness spreading through our communities.”  

Julian German, Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council’s enforcement officers will be responding to any complaints of accommodation providers flouting the government’s emergency business closure rules this weekend. 

If you’re concerned that a business is pen illegally, please contact us on 0300 123 1118 or at covid19@cornwall.gov.uk.   

For social gatherings concerns contact the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. 

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