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Cornish businesses praised for sticking to lockdown rules

Cornish businesses praised for sticking to lockdown rules

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:39am 27th May 2020.

Businesses across Cornwall are being thanked for sticking to the lockdown rules, during the first bank holiday weekend since travel restrictions were relaxed.

Cornwall Council’s enforcement team did not see any rise in the average number of daily complaints about businesses suspected of breaking the orders over the three-day weekend.

After investigation officers found the vast majority of these reported businesses, which ranged from holiday lets to restaurants and pubs, were not open illegally.

Now the Council is thanking holiday lets, hotels, bed and breakfasts, holiday parks and campsites for doing their bit in staying closed to visitors to Cornwall and supporting the campaign asking them to please come back later.

Takeaway businesses, which are allowed to be open, are being reminded not to provide outside seating to customers. People should be consuming their food orders away from the business premises.

“I want to pay tribute to all the businesses who have complied with the emergency closure orders on what would usually have been an extremely busy trading weekend.

“We need to keep working together to protect our services and keep our communities safe and I thank everyone for their sacrifices over the weekend and throughout the lockdown.

“Please stay safe and make sure you are always social distancing if you are visiting beaches and our countryside this half-term week.”

Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s portfolio holder for environment and public protection

What to do if you think a business might be breaking the lockdown rules:

If you’re concerned that a business may be breaking the rules, please contact Cornwall Council on 0300 123 1118 or at covid19@cornwall.gov.uk.  

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

When police receive reports of people staying at second homes, caravans and campervans and discover a breach of the regulations they will enforce when necessary and ask occupiers to return home.

Cornwall Council has not been given any legal powers under the Coronavirus emergency laws to ask people to leave their second homes. 

The Government has produced guidance on business closures for further reference. However, if you require additional advice please do not hesitate to contact the Council’s Business Support Hub at businessadvice@cornwall.gov.uk. 

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