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Promises Cornwall will be kept safe as tourists return

Promises Cornwall will be kept safe as tourists return

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:03am 25th June 2020.

Cornwall is ready to welcome visitors once more... while keeping residents safe.

That is the message from Cornwall Council after the Prime Minister announced that the tourism and hospitality sectors can reopen.

From the 4th of July, hotels, holiday parks, restaurants, pubs and cafes can all reopen provided they stick to social distancing rules.

Officials say this will bring 'welcome relief' to one of the hardest hit sectors of the Cornish economy. 

The Council says its priority has always been to keep residents and businesses safe and it will continue to do so when tourists return to the Duchy.

The local authority is still calling on the government to provide more support in the form of business grants and extended furloughs to help Cornwall’s recovery, amid the 'profound' economic effect of the pandemic.

What will Cornwall Council be doing to help keep people safe?

They will continue to work with the tourism sector and others to ensure that Cornwall continues to recover safely.  That Council says it will remain on guard against any change to the current low trend in Covid-19 cases, and will take action if that position changes.

Visitors are being asked to join in helping Cornwall to recover safely.  People are advised to plan ahead, follow the guidance on face coverings and social distancing, and be considerate of those who live and work here so everyone can stay safe together.   

To ensure that businesses that will be able to reopen and operate safely, Cornwall Council’s public protection team, in conjunction with Visit Cornwall, are working with businesses to ensure they are Covid-safe,  which may involve changes to ensure social distancing, along with enhanced hygiene measures.  

Visit Cornwall has also stressed that it is essential to pre-book, not only accommodation, but also dining reservations and activities, and recommends buying advanced tickets for our attraction - that way everyone can have a great holiday and help keep themselves and communities safe. 

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“Thanks to the fantastic efforts of the council, our partners and of course the NHS, Cornwall has been lucky to avoid the worst of the virus so far.

“It means we can now look forward to restarting our visitor economy, and begin to welcome holidaymakers once more, providing the number of cases does not begin to rise.

“The tourist industry is vital for Cornwall, and is responsible for tens of thousands of jobs, many of which are currently furloughed.

“We will be cautious, and protecting our residents will always be our first priority.  We will be asking visitors to pay as much care and attention to the rules as our residents have already done throughout lockdown.

“Our public health team will continue to monitor the situation very carefully and we will not hesitate to take early action if there is any sign that the virus is making a comeback.”

Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council

“Since the start of the crisis, we have kept an incredibly close eye on the spread of the virus through Cornwall, and so far, it has been slow, and has not risen since the beginning of the easing of lockdown restrictions.

“We will be urging people to remain cautious and to follow the public health messaging around social distancing and maintaining good hygiene.

“The relaxing of the lockdown does not mean the danger from the virus has gone away, and we will be monitoring the situation closely and encouraging testing and contact tracing to control any new cases.”
 
Cornwall’s interim Director of Public Health, Rachel Wigglesworth

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