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People in Cornwall urged to 'stick to the rules' over summer holidays

People in Cornwall urged to 'stick to the rules' over summer holidays

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:05am 23rd July 2020.

As schools close for the summer and the holiday season get fully under way, the South West is calling on residents and visitors alike to play their part in keeping the region Covid-safe this summer.

Following the opening up of the hospitality and tourist sector two weeks ago, levels of infection and new cases in the South West have continued to remain among the lowest in the country – and South West leaders paid tribute to the businesses who have opened up for playing their part in keeping the area Covid safe.   

We are now entering the crucial time at the start of the summer tourism peak and, as more residents take a break with their families and further lockdown rules are lifted, and officials say the onus is on each and every one of us to do our part in helping prevent the spread of the virus, which remains a serious threat to public health. 

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Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Council say the message in the South West is clear -  whether you are visiting, living here or a resident about to go on holiday – 'stick with us and keep following the guidance to keep everyone safe'.

That means continuing to observe social distancing guidance, getting tested if you have symptoms, washing hands regularly, wearing face covering where appropriate, and making use of hand sanitiser wherever it is available. 

“Whether you live in Cornwall, or are visiting over the summer, following these rules is a small price to pay to keep all of us, residents, visitors and local businesses safe.

"I have been impressed by the way in which businesses all over Cornwall have adapted to the drastic changes that the pandemic has forced upon them. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our hospitality sector, where newly-implemented social distancing and hygiene rules have meant wholesale changes to the way they operate. Please help them, help us all, stay safe.”

Cornwall Council’s Leader, Julian German


“As anticipated, we are now starting to see an increase in local people out and about and tourists visiting the counties. I would like to thank the vast majority of people who continue to adhere to Government and health guidance and we are pleased to be able to welcome back visitors to our region safely and respectfully.

“Devon and Cornwall Police has been planning extensively with partners throughout the lockdown period for the re-opening of our region and whilst I have no doubt we are going to be stretched over the coming months, we have robust plans in place and we are ready.

“There will be more officers on patrol throughout the region with greater visibility and reassurance to communities throughout the summer period, particularly near beaches and waterways. We have also used additional investment provided by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to give support to tackle drink related anti-social behaviour, and are working with the local Community Safety Partnerships to provide extra street warden security, public toilets and CCTV monitoring.

“If you are coming to Devon, Cornwall, Torbay, Plymouth or the Isles of Scilly, we welcome you, but please remember that COVID has not gone away. The infection rates remain low here and we are all keen for it to stay this way.

“We do expect our visitors to be respectful of the local community so that we can all enjoy the summer. Please continue to play your part and behave in a way that shows kindness and understanding to each other.”

Chief Superintendent, Matt Lawler

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