Guidelines free up exercise options but second home and holiday restrictions remain

MP Derek Thomas has welcomed new Government guidelines which mean that people will be able to travel further for exercise and fresh air (while socially distancing) but which prevent the possible influx of visitors to West Cornwall.

In announcing a slight easing of coronavirus restrictions, the Prime Minister said people will be able to spend more time outdoors, from Wednesday, "for leisure purposes" - including sunbathing.

There will be no limit to the amount of exercise allowed. Activities such as golf, angling and tennis will be permitted, but only alone or with one other person and people from the same household will also be able to drive to destinations such as parks and beaches.

However, Boris Johnson also made it very clear that leaving your home - the place you live - to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose is still not allowed.

This includes visiting second homes. Premises such as hotels and bed and breakfasts will remain closed, except when they are providing accommodation for specific reasons set out in law, such as for critical workers where required for a reason relating to their work.

People who flout the guidelines can face the prospect of being hit with heavier fines.

Mr Thomas said: “I believe the Government has been very sensible and cautious about easing restrictions – the very last thing that the country needs is for a second spike just as, thanks to the efforts of everyone, we seem to be getting to grips with the virus.

“People here in Cornwall will welcome the fact that they can get out more to enjoy the beautiful countryside and coastline while ensuring social distancing and, at the same time, will be reassured by the fact that there will be no mass influx of visitors, putting their good work in controlling the virus at risk.

“I have received many emails and phone calls from people, often living alone, who are understandably concerned about a flood of visitors heading to Cornwall and these new regulations will help reassure them that this will not happen.”

Mr Thomas said he was also pleased that the over 70 age group have not been forgotten.

While those people who have been advised to shield by the NHS or their GP, should continue to do this until at least the end of June outside their household, those who are healthy  can go out more frequently although they should be careful to maintain distance from others.

“Many older people are fit and healthy and are champing at the bit to get out to exercise more often after spending the past seven weeks or so pretty much confined to their own home, often without any company, and I am very glad that they can get back to a bit more of a normal life,” he added.

For a full list of what you can and can’t do, including back to work procedures, travel on public transport and new regulations on border controls, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do