COVID-19 The new Coronavirus - NHS and UK Government Advice

Update Sunday 22nd March

The UK Government has updated its advice regarding holidays and non essential travel.

All holidays and non-essential travel are now considered to be off limits to slow the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus.

Guidelines state “Following on from the government’s guidance on social distancing in relation to COVID-19, people should avoid travelling unless it is essential.

This guidance is for people planning to visit second homes or holiday premises during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence."

Full Statement

Update Saturday 21st March

The Isles of Scilly Council has issued a statement which can be read here

Update Friday 20th March

The UK Government has announced the immediate closure of all pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, leisure centres, gyms and other social establishments where people gather in large numbers. In Cornwall this also affects Visitor Attractions, many of which have already closed.

A major incident in response to Coronavirus has been declared by Cornwall Council.

Today, MPs in Cornwall, GP Practices and other health experts, Cornwall Council and Visit Cornwall have all requested that to protect the vulnerable and elderly in our community, visitors should not travel to Cornwall.

Cornwall Council and Visit Cornwall have now issued advice to delay visiting Cornwall during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Visit Cornwall

“Despite the lack of clarity from the Government, Visit Cornwall is advising that visitors should not come to Cornwall at this time.

In order to slow the spread of the virus, to protect themselves, as well as the communities of Cornwall.

We are asking people to postpone visiting Cornwall until a later date, when they will find Cornwall the same beautiful and welcoming place.”

Cornwall Council

“Cornwall prides itself on being an open and welcoming place, but during these unprecedented times we ask that anyone planning a trip to Cornwall consider deferring their visit and avoid all but essential travel”

Open Letter from Cornwall Council Leader and MP for St Austell

COVID-19, the new Coronavirus, is prompting us all to make changes to our normal routines.

With self isolation and social distancing in place now for several weeks and advice to only travel if your journey is essential, introduced by the UK Government in recent days, we are all facing changes to our lives.

At this time it is important that we protect the older members of our population and the vulnerable members of our society.

Cornwall is both home to a resident population and a visitor destination and as such needs to be responsible in supporting the safety of its residents and visitors who we enjoy welcoming.

Please follow the links below for the latest information on COVID-19.

If you have concerns over your own or your family’s/friends’ health, or for any questions about the new Coronavirus, please visit the NHS website

The UK Government is issuing daily updates which can be viewed here

Please read the advice and act responsibly to help everyone to get through this difficult situation.

Stay safe everyone.

The Into Cornwall Team

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