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Residents urged to remain on guard as Cornwall is placed in Tier One for Covid restrictions

Cornwall will be placed in Tier One for coronavirus restrictions when the second national lockdown ends next week – but residents have been urged not to let their guard down in the fight against the virus.

It means businesses can reopen, although strict public health guidelines will remain in place, which include:

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  • You must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless you have an exemption
  • If you can work from home, you should continue to do so
  • You should follow the rules on meeting others safely: no more than six people at a time
  • You should attend school or college as normal, unless you are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers
  • You should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling

Cllr Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, said: “We are so grateful to our residents for their continued support.

“However, now is not the time to relax, we need to be on our guard more than ever before, if we are to remain in this position.

“The tiers are reviewed every two weeks, and we are close to being in tier two, so I ask each and every resident of Cornwall to do their bit and remain vigilant if we want to stay in tier one and not see a rise in cases in the winter months ahead.”

Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “We have worked so hard to keep levels of coronavirus down across Cornwall, the last thing we would like to see is people treat this as a chance to relax.

“I would urge everyone to continue to follow the public health guidelines.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel now with the positive news we have seen on potential vaccines, it would be a huge waste of effort to throw away all of our hard work now.”

Although businesses are allowed to reopen across Cornwall, any visitors have been told they must adhere to the tier rules that apply to where they live.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “To hear we have been placed in tier one is a huge relief to many businesses across Cornwall, who will now be able to reopen in time for the holiday season.

“However, it will not be business as usual.  We must remain vigilant and follow covid-safe guidelines, and we must also be mindful of the fact that visitors from across England must also adhere to the tougher tier two rules, even when they are visiting Cornwall.

“Those living in tier three areas are advised to avoid travelling to other areas altogether.

“This is good news for the hospitality industry across Cornwall, but we must remember that our priority must continue to be following the public health guidelines and ensuring we do not see a spike in case numbers going forwards.”