Visit Cornwall boss tells tourists without booking to stay away as Covid rate surges to highest in UK
The Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall has told tourists not to visit Cornwall unless they have booked to do so as the Covid rate surged to the highest in the UK.
Public Health England reported that Cornwall now has six of the top eight areas for infections rates anywhere in the country.
During the seven days leading up to August 20 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly recorded a total of 4,439 cases, which was more than double the 2,231 recorded during the previous week – a 101% rise.
Figures for Wednesday put Cornwall at the top of the list for the rate of new cases, with 771.3 cases per 100,000 over the previous seven days.
The high rates come after the Boardmasters Festival was held in Newquay in mis-August. Almost 5,000 coronavirus cases had been linked to that festival so far.
“It’s about people coming on spec really,” Visit Cornwall’s Malcolm Bell told Sky News. “The NHS is coping here, we are very very busy. And the last thing we need is a load of unplanned, impromptu visits.
“For those who have booked, please come down – it’s wonderful weather. Pease stay outside. Please stick to the guidelines of face, space and hands, masks, and the rest of it.
“But please don’t come down if you think, ‘ooh it’s lovely weather let’s go down to Cornwall and see what we can do’.”