Bude has not been immune from Covid. On 5th August, The Brendon Arms announced:
We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we will be closing The Brendon with immediate effect.A staff member has tested positive for Covid and although we are devastated about the situation, the safety of our staff and customers comes first.
Only yesterday, The Falcon announced:
Well what to say apart from “here we go again!” …
We were delighted to get our team back yesterday and wouldn’t you know it, today we have another member of the team tested positive. So, once again, we have isolated those staff members who have been in contact with them, regrouped and set a new way forward for the next 10 days.
We do have enough staff to remain open and will be honouring all table reservations already made. However, with a much smaller team we have had to produce a much smaller menu and waiting times will be longer than normal.
We know of other businesses which have had to close due to Covid – whether due to staff infection or not having enough staff due to the pinging issue.
So, what is happening in our area re. Covid numbers?
Cases in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have started to drop. 1428 cases to 1st April is a case rate of 248.1 per 100,000 people.
In neighbouring Devon, however, cases have risen to 2519, a rate of 310.7 per 100,000 people.
Zoning in, Bude cases numbered 28, a drop to 1st August, a case rate of 262.5 per 100,000
Crackington and Tintagel went up to 17 (236.4 per 100,000)
Holsworthy, Bradworthy and Welcombe rose to 32 (315.8 per 100,000)
Poundstock and Kilkhampton dropped to 14 (185.2 per 100,000)
Torridge area dropped to 175 (254/7 per 100,000)
In Cornwall, Hotspots include Newquy and Perranporth, while in Devon, Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth are hotspots.
Meanwhile, the interactive map for vaccinations tells us that in Bude & Stratton, 88.7% have had their first dose, with 74.7% their second.