Tourism is one of the key engine-drivers of the region’s economy, but nothing is more important right now than public safety.
A lot of people were down from London this weekend – in spite of the Moyor urging them to do otherwise:
The Mayor of Seaton makes a plea through the Radio Exe pages:
Please don’t come to Devon!
Visitors asked to stay away during crisis
These are unusual times indeed. The people normally imploring visitors to come to the south west are asking them to stay away – for the sake of everyone’s health.
Tourism is one of the key engine-drivers of the region’s economy, but nothing is more important right now than public safety. The appeal for visitors to stay at home – and not come to Devon even if they own a holiday home or have pre-booked holiday accommodation – is founded on government advice. Quite simply, a holiday or short-break isn’t essential travel, and that’s all we should be doing right now.
Salcombe mayor Nikki Turton says: “We can’t really stop them coming, but we wish they were doing as we are doing; staying home, staying safe protecting our vulnerable and not putting extra strain where it’s not needed.”
More details in this short video report from Tamsin Melville.
And the region’s MPs join in the call for people to stay at home, as reported on the Devon Live website:
Devon and Cornwall understandably proud it’s renowned stunning coastlines, wide open spaces and gallons of fresh air and thrive from the millions of visitors who come to enjoy our part of the world each year.
However, the outbreak of coronavirus in the UK has changed our day to day lives while the government is calling for the nation to stop all non essential travel in a bid to stop the spread of the disease that has so tragically already claimed 240 lives in the UK, four in Cornwall and two in Devon.
In the South West we not only do we have a proportion of elderly people living here, those who are some of the most vulnerable to coronavirus, but we also have NHS trusts that are stretched to capacity without any extra pressure.
We want to help saves lives and help bring an end to the outbreak as soon as we possibly can.
Therefore we are aiming to spread the message of come back later as far and as wide as possible through a campaign launching today – #comebacklater.