After the announcement on Saturday, local councils are urging people to stay away from tourist spots when restrictions relax
There have been many concerns after the announcement by the Prime Minister, including the statement that people can travel for unlimited exercise.
The easing of the lockdown doesn’t include the re-opening of many hospitality businesses, such as hairdressers or restaurants, the foreign secretary has said that it may take until the 4th of July at the earliest to see these services back in operation.
Many councils have criticised this as they believe they’ll see people flock to beauty spots after Wednesday.
Some councils have issued requests that people do not visit the main tourist destinations or leave their local area. Councillor Nancy Platts, the Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council has asked that people do not travel to the seafront if they don’t live locally.
“We need to make sure residents can continue to use all the city’s open spaces safely, and we are still asking people who don’t live here not to travel to Brighton & Hove.”
Other destinations are among the places asking people not to visit from outside the area. Visit Cumbria, and The Lake District is just a handful of the places requesting the public to think about their travel to the area.
These locations have also said they are closed for business at the moment.
Cornwall is another hotspot for tourists and second homeowners. The Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, Malcolm Bell also commented on the announcement on Sunday. He explained that they would consider the plans in detail, but also said people should not feel it’s acceptable to return to Cornwall.
However, Mr Bell also said that it would need to be a phased approach. Otherwise, a nightmare scenario is that the region would be closed all summer.
In a statement, he said:
“We need to open not a day too early or a day too late. As things stand, there’s no justification for coming to Cornwall for a day trip from any other part of the country right now”.
It’s not just local tourism organisations and councils urging people to say away for the moment. Police forces are also supporting the message to ‘stay away.’ In Cumbria, iNews reported that the South Lakes Police commented, “take a long hard look at your own conscience” if you’re deciding to travel. They also said to use common sense and stay closer to home.
Cumbria is, in fact, one of the regions with a high rate of coronavirus infection per head. Plus, it has an older population with people an average of ten years above the national average. This makes a large majority of the people living in the area extremely vulnerable to the virus.
This comes after 210 people died from COVID-19 yesterday in the UK.
Public urged not to visit Wales
Wales and Scotland are still urging people to stay at home for the moment, and people from England are being advised not to visit.
The First Minister for Wales said that police forces in the country were concerned that traffic would increase. Plus, he accused the UK government of ‘getting it wrong’ in regards to the easing of the rules.
He also commented in the daily Welsh Government press conference, “I want to be clear – in Wales, it is Welsh law which applies.”