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New service station signage reminds arrivals to follow high street safety guidance


Signs urging visitors to respect Cornwall’s high street Covid-safety measures have been installed at Cornwall’s largest service station.

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With the difficulties surrounding foreign travel during the pandemic, visitors have been flocking to Cornwall for their summer break, providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.

However, it is vital that, while being made to feel welcome, visitors are also reminded that they need to do their bit to help keep Cornwall and its residents safe and relatively Covid-free.

They need to do this by following the safety measures put in place throughout our towns and high streets.

To communicate this message to as many motorists as soon as possible after they cross into Cornwall, the council has arranged for posters to be displayed in high footfall washrooms and on large digital notice boards at Cornwall Gateway Services.

Research has shown that 70% of the millions of people who visit Cornwall each year come by car. Cornwall Gateway Services is on the main A30 highway near Bodmin and offers the first opportunity for drivers and their passengers to take a comfort break since leaving Exeter, at least two hours’ distant.

This means that the large service area is an ideal place to remind the many thousands of visitors who do choose to stop there that, while in Cornwall, they should continue to respect social distancing guidelines, wash their hands regularly, and wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces.

The project is supported by the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund. This supports the safe reopening of high streets and neighbourhood shopping areas across Cornwall and is funded by The European Regional Development Fund.

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for the economy, Tim Dwelly said: “We hope that our eye-catching signage at Cornwall Services Gateway will strike a chord and remind many of those who will be visiting our towns and high streets in the next couple of months to be considerate of those around them. Putting the majority of posters where there is a guaranteed captive audience such as in washrooms, makes perfect sense.

“People from all over the country have decided that Cornwall is the ideal staycation destination for them this year. Our towns have become extremely busy since lockdown restrictions were eased which is a welcome reprieve for our local businesses and is providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.

“However, it is important to remind our visitors that although they are on holiday, the Covid pandemic is still very much with us and that they do need to follow the measures that our towns and high streets have put in place to help keep us all safe.   

“Our businesses have taken the necessary precautions so they can continue to offer most of the products and services they have done in the past.

“Our residents were careful and respected government guidance during the months of lockdown which is why Cornwall has remained relatively Covid-free and avoided the very worst of the pandemic.

“Our visitors now have their own important role to play in helping it stay that way so that our towns can continue to thrive without fear of any further restrictions being imposed.“


Notes to editors:

This project has £509,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit


Story posted on August 14, 2020