Fresh plea for visitors to 'stay away' from Cornwall over bank holiday weekend

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Fresh plea for visitors to 'stay away' from Cornwall over bank holiday weekend

Published at 6:43am 7th May 2020. (Updated at 8:52am 11th May 2020)

A new campaign is urging visitors to 'stay away' from Cornwall and locals to avoid tourist hotspots over the bank holiday weekend.

Police, Cornwall Council and tourism bosses are all urging people not to make any unnecessary journeys as the coronavirus lockdown still remains in force.

100,000 key workers across the south west are joining forces to help spread the message and thank holiday-makers, second home owners and locals for staying at home.

The social media campaign is acting as a reminder that every day key workers risk themselves to keep the public safe – whether they are health or social care professionals – or those who keeping us moving, keep us fed and ensure our essential services are maintained during the pandemic.

Officials say there were high levels of co-operation during the last bank holiday period and the public’s response has so far helped keep infection rates in the region relatively low and avoided swamping the NHS response to Covid-19.

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However, health and social care professionals, waste collection teams and workers from the food supply chain will take to social media in a bid to urge the public to not let its guard down and put the long-term recovery of the South West at risk for the sake of an off-limits bank holiday jaunt.

One Devon survey of traffic entering the county on the M5 over the last bank holiday at Easter showed an 85 per cent drop in traffic. Council Leaders are calling on the public to do the right thing again ahead of the Bank Holiday this Friday.

“The overwhelming majority of people have listened to our request not to visit Cornwall at the moment – and we want to thank each and every one of you.

“We must remind ourselves of why we are all doing this - to protect our NHS and save lives. Thank you all for helping us to keep our residents in Cornwall safe. We look forward to welcoming people back to our beautiful Cornwall as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Cornwall Council Leader, Julian German

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“It’s now been a number of weeks since the Government put measures in place in the fight against Coronavirus and some people may be thinking that now is the time to relax these measures. 

“Now is not the time for complacency and we must all continue to adhere to the advice which includes social distancing and only making essential journeys outside of our homes. 

“To those thinking about travelling to the South West for holiday or social purposes, please come back later. We all have a part to play in this endeavour and we must continue to be socially responsible. 

“The majority of people are continuing to play their part in reducing the spread of Covid-19 and to them I say thank you, your role in this should not be underestimated.” 

Devon and Cornwall Police Assistant Chief Constable, Glen Mayhew

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“All our tourist operators will be glad when they can open and you can return. We have said that we want to open not a day too early, and not a day too late.

"So rest assured we’ll be ready for you, but until then, please do stay where you are until we are told that we can welcome you all back.”

Alistair Handyside from the South West Tourism Alliance

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