ST IVES MAYOR ASKS – Don’t visit St Ives unless it is absolutely essential

The Mayor of St Ives, Cllr Tony Harris has asked that trips to St Ives be restricted to essential visits only during the pandemic. He said: “There is no need for visitors to come to our town during the present crisis, We do not want to import more Covid-19 cases and we do not want visitors to catch anything while they are here.

Cllr Harris’ concerns relate to a recent relaxation of rules which now enables travel to scenic destinations.

“While the Government has said you can drive and exercise outside all day, we are concerned that an increase in visitor numbers may actually delay when we can begin to re-open.

He added: “Our cafes, pubs, shops, accommodation providers, car parks and public toilets are all closed. We would love to be able to welcome you all back with open arms but now is not the time. There is nowhere to stay. There are very limited places to eat or drink, other than one or two takeaways.

“We do not believe that this is staying alert – to undertake a long, unnecessary journey. We are totally committed to play our part in protecting local residents and communities in Cornwall – alongside protecting the future of the tourism and hospitality industry.

“At this time we ask you to stay away, and in the comfort of your own home, plan a future break to St Ives when it is safe to do so.”