Most people who live in Cornwall are currently (understandably) scared of their coastal towns being overrun by visitors when the previous concern about limited health infrastructure still remains the case.
Cornwall and Devon have had relatively low COVID-19 numbers, but no one knows how long this will last now so many activities and journeys have been opened up. That said, toilets are not all open, cafes and restaurants are not open, pubs are not open, most shops are not open, and there is nowhere to stay. Why come here now?
While holiday parks and other accommodation are still closed, people are only supposed to take day trips to the coast, but even this will cause problems of proximity in walking, parking and using the sea/infrastructure. We already saw full car parks before the full lockdown ended.
The government has issued guidance for our disunited kingdom, where the Celtic fringes are still being told to stay home. The hashtag differs depending on where you live.
What would be great would be if locals who normally use the coast got acclimatised first before an influx of visitors … can’t see that happening, to be honest, can you?
In England, now more than ever people need to respect our coastline.
Whether you’re local or not, experienced around the water or a novice, the sea can still catch you out. Beaches may not be lifeguarded. Social distancing must be observed. If you get into trouble call 999 and ask for the coastguard and they will come to your aid.
But coronavirus hasn’t gone away and we all need to follow the rules. Remember your choices might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk. Take extra care in these extraordinary times. #StayAlert
Don’t forget though, in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, nothing has changed. Give the coast a miss. #StayHomeSaveLives
To be honest, the guidance is woolly. It relies on the moral compass of each individual and we all know this differs massively. Litter is a good example! Some drop it; others clean it up.
So, who knows how it will pan out?
Be careful out there. Personally, I’d have liked to have seen the hospital admission rate and the death rate both much lower before reaching this point. You?