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Health advice for tourists visiting Cornwall

Health advice for tourists visiting Cornwall

Published by Helen Down at 4:35pm 2nd July 2020. (Updated at 6:03am 3rd July 2020)

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Tourists will be warned that if they fall ill with coronavirus while visiting Cornwall and are unable to return home they will have to pay to remain in their accommodation for 14 days.

It is just one piece of advice which has been included on an information pack which will be issued to all accommodation providers ahead of them being able to open this weekend.

The advice has been put together by Visit Cornwall with help from public health officials and tourism businesses.

Visit Cornwall chief executive Malcolm Bell detailed the advice in a briefing this afternoon.

He said that the information sheets would be distributed to businesses and placed in accommodation for visitors when they arrive.

"It has the main message about being safe and reminds people that we are only managing, mitigating and reducing this threat. The way to do that is around social distancing and getting the messages around that.

"We are reinforcing the think, plan, book message and we talk about beaches and the idea that they have to have a plan B. If they turn up and the beach is busy, be ready to go on somewhere else.

"We also say that we want you to go to the beach, not go on the beach, regarding bodily functions. And the importance of social distancing at the beach.

"We have strong messages from the RNLI and coastguard about being safe on the beach and in the water. The last thing we need is additional strain on the blue light services.

"There is advice if you fall ill on holiday and more importantly not to travel if you fall ill. It is about the test and trace and the need to travel home by car.

"If they can’t travel back safely using their car they will have to pay for their 14 days in isolation. We have to make that clear as the business will be losing trade."

Visit Cornwall chief executive Malcolm Bell

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Visit Cornwall Chief Executive Malcolm Bell

The information document also includes information about accessing health services such as calling 111 for advice and the locations of minor injury units.

Mr Bell said that not all accommodation providers would be opening this weekend with many large holiday parks not opening until Monday and some hotels until later next week.

He said that this was because they were having to bring back staff from furlough and making sure they are ready for guests.

Mr Bell said that some would be running at 50% occupancy in the first few days.

He said that it was expected there could be between 75,000 and 80,000 visitors coming to Cornwall which he said was 30% down on usual numbers for this time of year.

But he added that it was expected to rise in the coming weeks to 100,000.

"It will feel a lot busier and the roads will feel busy as we haven’t had the run up that we normally have. But it won’t be as busy as normal at this time of year.

"I have heard of people wanting to come down at midnight on Saturday but places have been sensible and said come down at the normal times."

Visit Cornwall chief executive Malcolm Bell

Cornwall Council leader Julian German said that he had been “incredibly impressed with how hospitality businesses had been able to adapt to ensure they are safe to open for visitors and customers.

However he said that not all businesses would not be reopening this weekend.

"For some the closed signs will remain in place the sign of the human cost of this crisis on our communities not only in lives lost but livelihoods too."

Cornwall Council leader Julian German

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