Reports are out that the Police will be patrolling the main routes into Devon and Cornwall head of this Easter weekend as tourists are urged not to visit the SW.
Holidaymakers and second home owners caught travelling to the South West for the Easter weekend without good reason will be fined and refused entry.
Assistant Chief constable, Glen Mayhew says:
“We are aware of frustrations our public feel when they see others not doing their part and undertaking anything other than essential travel.
As we look to the bank holiday weekend I wish to be clear with our message which is stay at home and do not undertake travel that isn’t essential. My officers will continue to be visible in our towns and cities, and we will police the roads.
We understand that people may have second homes in Devon or Cornwall but we urge you not to travel to them.
The Gov.uk website states that ‘Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People must remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.’
In accordance with this guidance, we do not consider this to be a reasonable excuse for individuals to be away from their home. If we stop vehicles and they are travelling to a second home we will ask them to return to their primary residence.