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Cornwall Council calls for 'careful and measured approach' to the reopening of visitor economy

Throughout the pandemic Cornwall Council has been clear that our aims have been to keep our residents safe and support our businesses.  

We recognise the value and importance of our visitor economy, which is why we have worked closely with Visit Cornwall throughout. 

Recently we have seen worrying predictions that point to an increase in Covid-19 cases in Cornwall if our population rises significantly over the summer months.  

We have already been hit hardest of any region by the economic impact of the virus. A second spike would not only put lives at risk but may lead to a further lockdown, which would have devastating consequences for businesses all over Cornwall.  

For that reason, we’re encouraging a careful and measured approach to the reopening of our visitor economy – an approach that protects residents and visitors alike and puts safety first.  

Cornwall Council has worked tirelessly to administer more than £230m in business grants, and in conjunction with our town and parish councils we have helped to make sure our town centres can reopen safely - but businesses must not be forced to choose between the safety of their staff and their livelihoods.  

The economic effects of the pandemic are profound and will take time far beyond the summer months to resolve. That’s why we’re calling on the government to provide more support in the form of business grants and extended furloughs to help Cornwall’s recovery.  

Of course, as a local authority Cornwall Council has no say on when and where people can go on holiday from July 4 – that’s a matter for the government, and something we have prepared for.   

Cornwall is and will always be a welcoming place, and we know that after the long and difficult weeks of lockdown many people will be looking to us as a destination for a summer break.  

If you do intend to visit us this summer, please plan ahead, follow the guidance on face coverings and social distancing, and be considerate of those who live and work here so we stay safe together.   

To ensure that businesses that will be able to reopen and operate safely, Cornwall Council’s public protection team, in conjunction with Visit Cornwall, are working with businesses to ensure they are Covid-safe,  which may involve changes to ensure social distancing, along with enhanced hygiene measures.  

Visit Cornwall has also stressed that it is essential to pre-book, not only accommodation, but also dining reservations and activities, and recommends buying advanced tickets for our attraction - that way everyone can have a great holiday and help keep themselves and our communities safe.