GPs to First Minister: ‘Make staying at second homes illegal until pandemic is over’
A group of GPs has written to the First Minister and Health Minister urging tougher action on second homes in Wales, including making second home occupation illegal until the Covid-19 emergency is over.
The letter signed by 17 doctors calls for the following:
- Make second home use illegal until the risk posed by SARS-CoV-2 has abated, even when lockdown restrictions begin to ease in other parts of Wales and the UK, in order to prevent a second peak
- Prolong lockdown measures in rural tourist hotspot areas of Wales, specifically targetting non-essential travel into these areas.
- Empower the Police Service of Wales to enforce the above, with the power to compel those breaching these restrictions without reasonable excuse to return to their primary residence.
“We write with increasing concern about tourist and holiday homes in rural Wales and the danger they pose in relation to the current public health emergency,” the letter says.
“Without implementing the above we face a very real possibility of a second peak in areas such as North and West Wales.
“This could happen at the very worst of times – when staff resilience will be at rock bottom, after weeks and months of pressure, and when global supplies of medical and personal protective equipment have been depleted.”