Cornwall holidays at risk this summer as Covid cases rise following G7 summit and hot bank holiday

FAMILIES with a trip booked for Cornwall this summer may see their holiday at risk due to rising Covid cases in the region.

Cases of coronavirus have risen in recent weeks following both the G7 summit and an influx in tourists following the bank holiday heatwave.

New figures show Covid infections in Cornwall jump from eight in 100,000 people to to 71 in every 100,000 by June 12, according to local authority figures.

Cases were much higher in some of the regions such as with St. Ives, which saw a rate of 517.5 cases per 100,000 people.

While some experts warn it is "too early" for cases to be linked to the G7, a number of restaurants and hotels were forced to close near Carbis Bay, the location of the G7 summit, due to outbreaks of the virus.

Boo Koos in Falmouth and Muddy Beach in Penryn were both forced to close, along with the The Shipwrights Arms in Helford and The Front in Falmouth.

The Pedn Olva hotel in St Ives was also forced to temporarily close, along with Newquay's Lewinnick Lodge.

If cases continue to climb, it could put holiday bookings at risk if more hotels and restaurants are forced to close.

Thankfully, hospitalisations currently remain low – there is currently just one person in hospital in Cornwall with Covid, according to Ian Davidson, chief pharmacist of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.

It is believed that most cases are in younger adults, although could be transmitting much more easily if the Delta variant.

Public health consultant Dr Goldstein said both the "incredible transmissibility" of the Delta variant and more people using indoor spaces such as in restaurants, cafes and hotels had contributed to the recent rise.

Visit Cornwall's Malcolm Bell said people "must redouble our efforts to help all of us to get back to a more normal life as soon as possible".

UK holidays, especially to seaside towns in Cornwall, are booming again this summer over uncertainty regarding travelling abroad.

Brits are even being put on waiting lists for holidays in Cornwall due to their popularity.

Mr Bell warned earlier this month that families face not being able to book restaurants and cafes for weeks in advance due to the demand.

He told the I: "If you want to get lunches or dinners out, you need to book two or three weeks before you arrive.

“The worry is that people come down and can book accommodation but can’t get into attractions."

Demand has resulted in long queues and large crowds – last week, one dad spent “12 hours trying to check in” to a hotel.

Others slammed Blackpool's Pleasure Beach for "dangerous" large crowds, while Kent councils warned tourists to turn back from beaches including Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate due to overcrowding.

Travel experts have already warned of sold out UK holidays as well as huge price hikes due to a lack of availability.


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