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Be careful, considerate and Covid-aware - Bank Holiday advice for Cornwall’s residents and visitors

‘Spread the welcome, not the virus.’

With the Cornish countryside and coast set to be favourite destinations for Bank Holiday sunseekers, Cornwall Council and its partners are asking everyone to play their part by enjoying this holiday in ways that keep the virus at bay.

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Rob Nolan, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protections, said: “We are pleased that Cornwall is a magnet for those seeking a happy holiday. That’s as it should be. And we know Cornwall’s natural treasures are valued by residents and tourists alike.”

“But we must emphasise that although people come here to ‘get away from it all’ there is actually no getting away from the reality of Coronavirus. Our individual responsibility to each other is to keep everyone safe. Here’s a reminder of some advice to bear in mind while enjoying this Bank Holiday.”     

If the weather allows, there is nothing better than a day at the beach. But please, if you intend to go into or onto the sea, choose one of the many beaches where RNLI Lifeguards are keeping a look out. Obey their flag warnings, and follow their safety advice. If you see anyone swimming, surfing or boating who is in danger or distress DIAL 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

If you and your household are firing up the barbecue at home this weekend, remember to position it away from sheds, fences and trees. Someone must keep an eye on it at all times. Have a bucket of water or an extinguisher to hand, and avoid windy weather where sparks can drift. If you are using a disposable barbecue, follow the rules for the safe disposal of BBQs.

Campers and caravanners, please book with proper camp sites. We do not encourage or condone ‘wild’ camping which may lead to trespass on private land. All campers, please take your litter away. For other accommodation, remember Cornwall will be very busy this Bank Holiday week. Please book ahead rather than relying on chance.

If a beach or other location looks too busy, turn around and go on elsewhere. Cornwall has room for everyone, and plenty of beautiful places for days out. You won’t need to go far to avoid the crowds.  

Whether on the beach or in the countryside, please leave only footprints, and dispose of all litter properly, or take it home. If a litter bin is full please report it:

If you see flytipping please report it: 

Show respect to our frontline bin crews and Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) workers. Let them get on with their important work. Kerbside collections of rubbish and recycling continue as normal over the Bank Holiday, and HWRCs are open.

There are some places where by law you must wear a face covering:

You should also wear one in indoor places where social distancing may be difficult.  Or where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. But children under the age of 11 do not need to wear them.  They are also not required in restaurants with table service, bars and pubs. Be aware that some people do not have to wear face coverings, or are less able to. The reasons for this may not be visible to others, and we should be mindful and respectful of this.

Please park your vehicle legally and considerately. Approach roads to beaches and beauty spots can be narrow, but emergency vehicles may need access at any time. Also, in our busy towns, medical and other important deliveries must be unimpeded. Civil Enforcement Officers are patrolling over the Bank Holiday, and you risk a fine or even being towed away if you park in the wrong place.  

Always keep a social distance of 2 metres (or 1 metre +) from people outside your household particularly in crowded locations. Be careful on our narrow pavements and on country and coast footpaths. High Street Marshals are working to help manage busy town centres.  Signs are in place to advise on distancing routes. Take particular care when on a ‘night out’ and with car sharing.

Continue to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly and use the free sanitising stations placed at key points.

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace you need to isolate for 14 days. If you develop symptoms, then you should get a test: 

Even if your test is negative you still need to continue to isolate for the full 14 days as the virus can take that long to develop. 

We’re still not over the pandemic and our residents have been doing a wonderful job of social distancing and keeping our cases low here. If you’re using single use face coverings, sterilised wipes or plastic gloves please place them in a small plastic bag and carry it with you until you can hygienically dispose of it at home.