The leader of tourism in Cornwall says ‘foreign visitors’ reported to be staying Cornwall before quarantine restrictions are lifted are unlikely to be from other countries.
Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said he is aware of reports of foreign nationals coming Cornwall over the weekend. However, he says it highly likely that the reported ‘foreign visitors’ were in fact UK residents.
“Here in the UK we do have a fairly diverse multi-ethnic community, and it’s highly likely the described visitors have come down from somewhere like London, not across from Beijing,” he said.
Mr Bell also revealed that tourism businesses weren’t expecting a high level of overseas visitors this year, with 90% less than normally anticipated to take their holidays in Cornwall.
He said: “I don’t think it will make a difference to the summer season. Generally, overseas visitors have a longer booking pattern and aren’t as spontaneous. Cornwall isn’t a cheap destination for them to come to and because of that, you’re less likely to get the impulse holiday bookers.
“I’m hopeful we will see some when the quarantine restrictions change but we’re expecting 90% fewer visitors from overseas than normal.
“It represents a small percentage of the holiday season overall as about 5% of a normal summer is visitors from overseas.”
Reacting to the first weekend since lockdown restrictions changed to permit people to go elsewhere for holidays, Mr Bell described the first weekend as one that had “gone as well as we thought”, adding: “We had reduced numbers compared to a normal year as many businesses are not running at capacity to protect themselves, their guests and residents in their local area. It will slowly pick up, but it will still be lower capacity in many cases because of the demand on shared facilities.”
What are the new Quarantine rules?
At the moment, Quarantine measures put in place by the UK Government as part of their measures imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic instruct any overseas visitors to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days after arrival.
This Friday, (10 July) “travel corridors” will be permitted, allowing visitors from certain countries to visit England in addition to removing the requirement for people living in England to self-isolate upon their return from these countries.
The countries permitted under the new guidance are Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bonaire, St Eustatius & Saba, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (Macau), Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Reunion, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, South Korea, Spain, St Barthelemy, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre & Miquelon, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Vatican City, and Vietnam.
In addition, the Channel Islands, Ireland and the Isle of Man are exempt as they are part of the common travel area as well as the 14 British Overseas Territories. The devolved nations (Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) all publish their own regulations.
Those from the UK may have to comply with local requirements when abroad, such as self-isolating or providing details to local authorities, and visitors to England from the exempt countries have to complete a passenger locator form upon arrival. Visitors to/from these countries, including those who have passed through a country not listed are still required to self-isolate for 14 days.