Visit Britain has issued information which may be useful for Cornwall and Devon, relating to the new regulations and guidance. Although Cornwall is Tier 1 (medium risk) the events happening in the rest of the country will impact tourism in the SW.
Basically, anyone from Tier 4 should not be visiting the SW. The rules for mixing of households over Christmas has also changed, with mixed households limited to 1 day not 5 as previously. Holiday accommodation owners are reporting high numbers of cancellations.
COVID rates are rising in London, the South East and East of England. This is believed to be due to a new variant of the virus. Early indications are showing that it may be up to 70% more transmissible than the old variant. As a result, the Government has announced that areas of London, the South East and the East of England in tier 3 will move to a new tier 4 where the restrictions will be broadly equivalent to national restrictions which were in place in England in November.
- London (All 32 London boroughs plus City of London)
- Kent and Medway
- Berkshire (Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead and West Berkshire)
- Surrey (excluding Waverley)
- Hastings and Rother
- Havant, Gosport and Portsmouth
- Essex (excluding Tendring, Uttlesford and Colchester)
- Central Bedfordshire, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton
- Those living in tier 4 areas should not mix with anyone outside their household at Christmas (exceptions apply for support bubbles).
- In all other tiers, the meeting of three households will be limited to Christmas Day only.
- There will be no relaxation of the rules for New Year’s Eve.