L'ente turistico della Cornovaglia esorta le persone a non visitare dopo l'ondata di Covid

Tourist chiefs have urged people not to visit Cornovaglia unless they have pre-booked and to test themselves for Covid-19 before, durante e dopo il loro soggiorno poiché la contea registra un aumento dei casi.

Visitors have flocked to some parts of the county – in particular Newquay, which hosted the recent Boardmasters music and surfing festival – creating a “perfect storm” of fully booked accommodation and crowded hospitality venues, quale may be linked to almost 5,000 casi.

Visit Cornwall’s chief executive, Malcolm Bell, said tourists should “treble their efforts as much as possible” with hand, face, space guidance and endeavour to remain outdoors.

Cornwall and Devon had an estimated 500 cases or more per 100,000 people in the seven days to 18 agosto, according to health data analysed by PA Media. The figure for the previous week was fewer than 300 per 100,000 persone.

“We are asking people not to come unless they have booked ahead and request they take a lateral flow test before, during and after their stay so that people can be safe and help us to manage to current spike,” Bell told PA.

Di 70,000 people attended Boardmasters, which took place almost two weeks ago and is thought to be linked to 4,700 Covid cases that health officials are investigating. Those who have tested positive are spread out across the country, but about 800 live in Cornwall, according to public health officials.

Three areas of Newquay had the highest Covid infection rates in England for the seven days to 18 agosto.

“There is concern and most local residents will be happier in a week or so, when the peak season is over and an older demographic visits, as there are too many occurrences of overcrowding in honey pots,” Bell said.

“We are asking visitors to look at visiting other parts of Cornwall. We have over 300 beaches and lovely parts that can cope with visitors.”

Visitors have been asked to patient with businesses that are short-staffed and to book ahead for activities.

Newquay’s mayor, Louis Gardner, believes there are a number of issues behind the rise in cases. “We are seeing a spike in Cornwall because we’ve got the highest number of visitors we’ve ever had," Egli ha detto.

“Our accommodation is at 100 % capacity, our hospitality venues are full, there’s no social distance in place … I think all those factors all added in all together are having an effect. It’s a perfect storm.”

A spokesperson for Boardmasters said the festival had used the NHS Covid Pass app as a condition of entry or asked people to show proof of a negative test. Attendees were also to test themselves during the five-day event, and more than 450 people had tested positive and left the festival early or did not go in, loro hanno detto.

“No event is able to eliminate risk entirely and the latest test-and-trace data includes reported infections among the 76,000 people who visited the festival or related activities at Fistral beach, in Newquay and the wider area during the week of Boardmasters,” they said.

“We will continue to work with our public health partners to understand the extent to which attendance at the festival has contributed to the figures.”

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