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MK backs Council Leader on travel concerns
Mebyon Kernow - the Party for Cornwall has given its full backing to the leader of Cornwall Council, Julian German, who has raised concerns about elements of the UK Government's modified approach to the lockdown, which include allowing people to travel long distances for leisure.

Statement from Cornwall Council Leader Julian German

“Like many of you, I have been left concerned over a lack of clarity with the new messaging from Westminster regarding the lockdown. The guidance leads people to believe they are now allowed to drive as far as they wish to go for a walk, or to go sunbathing. The risk for us is that people will see this as a green light for visitors to head to Cornwall, and that we will now see a large influx of tourists heading over the Tamar.

“This is not the message we are telling people and potential visitors. Public health is still the priority, and as far as we are concerned, Cornwall is not open to visitors. Our message will continue to be come back later. This has been reiterated by Malcolm Bell of Visit Cornwall. I find it amazing that the Government is telling people they cannot see their close family members due to the risk of spreading the virus, but is also telling them they are fine to drive hundreds of miles for a day out.

“I am hugely disappointed to see the Government make such a huge change to the rules without consultation with the regions, and will be urging our MPs to raise our concerns with their Government colleagues.”
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Published on 14th May 2020.

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