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Cornwall’s half term advice to visitors

Visitors to Cornwall this half-term are being asked to observe the latest public health guidance.  This will help keep Cornwall safe and limit the spread of Coronavirus. 

Cornwall remains in the lowest-risk tier in England (medium) but looks to those arriving from other parts of the country to behave safely and respectfully as they take a break with us. Those living in high-risk areas should follow government guidelines and avoid all non-essential travel. 

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Rob Nolan, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “There is understandable anxiety about the differing levels of Coronavirus infection across the UK, and whether Cornwall is vulnerable as a favourite visitor destination. 

“We’re asking visitors to be scrupulous in observing the Covid rules and advice. Particularly when out shopping or using bars and restaurants, and anywhere crowded. Our traders and tourism businesses are well trained in keeping their customers safe. But everyone must take individual personal responsibility for ensuring Cornwall keeps Covid at bay as much as possible.” 

Here is our four-point checklist for keeping Half Term happy: 

Wherever you go in Cornwall, please observe the ‘Hands, Face and Space’ advice. In some towns there may be information officers engaging, explaining and encouraging visitors to respect the high street safety guidance, such as social distancing and the ‘rule of six’.  

Please download the NHS Test and Trace App. It makes it much easier to enter pubs and restaurants.  As well as check whether you have been close to anyone who has had a positive test result.     

We are nearing the end of Cornwall’s annual lifeguard season, but 24 of Cornwall’s beaches still have cover until 1 Nov. They are:

  • Tregonhawke
  • Praa Sands
  • Fistral
  • Towan
  • Watergate Bay
  • Mawgan Porth
  • Porthtowan
  • Perranporth
  • Gwithian
  • Porthmeor
  • Sennen
  • Constantine
  • Harlyn
  • Polzeath
  • Widemouth
  • Summerleaze
  • Poldhu
  • Porthcurno
  • Treyarnon
  • Sandymouth
  • Hayle Towans
  • Chapel Porth
  • Holywell Bay
  • Crantock

Please choose a lifeguarded beach if you are intending to go into or onto the water. Or simply just enjoy a day on the sands or rock pooling at any of hundreds of other seaside locations. We ask dog walkers to take extra care on cliffs and the coast path. 

Cornwall Council’s parking enforcement team is supporting the British Parking Association’s ‘Don’t be a selfish parker’ campaign. Using the line ‘It’s not OK to park where it’s not OK to park’. Part of Cornwall’s charm is its narrow roads and leafy lanes leading to popular beauty spots. But if you park your vehicle inconsiderately or illegally you may block:

  • emergency vehicles
  • important medical deliveries, or
  • health and care workers on home visits

Park only where it is safe and legal to do so, and always read signs for restrictions. For example where overnight parking or camping is not permitted

The busier Cornwall gets, the more it encounters those who don’t clear up after themselves. Littering and flytipping spoil our wonderful natural environment and carry penalties. Please use bins where provided or take all your litter home for proper recycling or disposal. Dispose of facemasks and personal protective equipment properly. Don’t add to an over-stuffed bin or leave bags beside it.  

And if the weather is kind enough to allow eating outdoors, ensure portable barbecues are fully extinguished and not left in plastic bins where they can smoulder and cause fires. Cornwall’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres are open all over half term (check first for odd and even number plate days) though there may be queues at busy times, and kerbside collections from households continue throughout. 

Rob Nolan added: “Our public protection teams include officers responsible for environmental health, food safety, parking enforcement, business standards and registration, licensing, litter and flytipping enforcement, countryside, beaches and parks, even dog wardens, animal health, and dozens of other aspects of the rich community and business life of Cornwall.” 

“Obviously this has been a busy year, and they are dedicated to responding to every complaint and comment reported to them. Whilst they appreciate hearing about genuine enforcement issues that need investigation, their time can be wasted responding to copycat complaints and social re-posting. Please involve them only if you yourself have personally witnessed something that needs their attention.” 

If you know of an incident or issue that needs investigation, you can find useful links on the Report It page.