Visit Cornwall has warned businesses that the new Covid-19 variant is more readily transmissible than previously, with a potentially serious impact on hospitality and tourism businesses if staff have to self-isolate.
In a recent newsletter to businesses, they warned:
As predicted and expected, there has been a significant rise in infection rates in Cornwall following the latest relaxation of the regulations.
Over the past fortnight, there have been incidents of positive test results in hospitality and tourism businesses, this is partly due to the new variants being far more transmissible than last year, together with an increased presence in our communities. Some businesses have had to close due to operational constraints caused by staff having to isolate and have further been hindered by staff shortages.
Although the infection rates in Cornwall are still relatively low, now is the time to act to hopefully minimise the impact on your businesses and our Cornish communities by ensuring:-
- Staff are testing themselves twice a week with lateral flow tests.
- Customers and visitors are using the QR codes, or you have their contact details, to speed up test and trace.
- Reinforcing the Hands – Face – Space messaging and making sure any indoor areas are sufficiently ventilated.
- Face Coverings must be worn by staff and customers where required by the guidance below.
Further information can be found here.