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Cornwall Council and Cornish Pirates team up for 'stay safe, stay a home' lockdown message

Cornwall Council and the Cornish Pirates have teamed up to send an important message to residents urging them to ‘stay safe, stay at home’ during lockdown. 

Pirates players Tom Duncan, Robin Wedlake and Jay Tyack all feature in a short video reminding people of all ages to follow the latest public health guidance so we can help stop the spread of Covid-19 in Cornwall. 

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Recent public health data shows that more than two thirds of overall Covid cases in Cornwall were registered in the last six weeks, and the virus is spreading fastest in the community among those under 40. 


Cornwall Council cabinet member for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, Sally Hawken, said: “We’re really grateful to the Cornish Pirates for linking up with us to produce this short video. Rugby is such an integral part of sporting life in Cornwall, and I’d like to thank Tom, Robin and Jay for agreeing to take part. 

“Their message is such an important one. The virus is affecting people of all ages and hospitals all over the country, including here in Cornwall, are under immense pressure. 

“If we want to protect our health service and keep our friends and family safe, it’s important we all continue to follow the rules and stay at home – as they say in the video, it’s tough but it’s not forever.” 

Speaking on behalf of the Cornish Pirates, media officer Phil Westren said: “As ever, our players are always keen to respond to help where possible, and at this time the message they express is so very worthy – and especially so because it is being delivered by them as younger members of our community.” 

Director of public health Rachel Wigglesworth said: “I’m grateful to the players for taking part, and for helping us get this vital public health messaging across to residents. The guidance is clear: please stay at home as much as possible and only leave for essential reasons. Follow social distancing rules if you do have to leave your home for essential reasons, and try to minimise your contact with other people to reduce your chances of catching the virus.”