Cornwall warns it is 'still illegal' to visit despite gov saying beach day trips ARE now allowed

CORNWALL has warned it is "still illegal" to visit as lockdown restrictions have started to lift – despite the government lifting the Stay Home guidelines.

From yesterday, up to six people can now meet outside or in outdoor gardens, with the new rule being to Stay Local.

However, tourist bosses in Cornwall are warning people to not break the rules and to wait until April 12 when further restrictions are lifted.

Visit Cornwall's Malcom Bell said: "The hospitality sector in Cornwall is working hard to get ready for visitors when the time is right – and no one wants to experience another lockdown.

"We want visitors to hear this message, plan ahead, book now and visit later when the rules allow and we look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful part of the world."

A message released by Cornwall council warned people should "minimise travel" with no holidays.

Dr Ruth Goldstein, Cornwall council's Deputy Director of Public Health, said: "Travelling around your local neighbourhood or seaside around you will be allowed but you need to stay local."

Tourist facilities including car parks and toilet blocks may not be fully open, while cafes and restaurants are still over serving take-away options.

However, the government has confirmed there is no cap on the distance you can travel as the 'stay local' order is quietly lifted.

MP Nigel Huddleston said yesterday there were no restrictions on distance but insisted "this is not a free for all".

He told Good Morning Britain: "It means trying to be sensible about when you’re travelling – this is not a free for all yet, this is a slow and steady removal of restrictions.

"We want people to be careful (when they travel) if you do travel you have to meet them outside – no overnight stays yet.

"There’s no restriction in terms of how far you travel – it would be unfair if we put a cap.

Staying overnight anywhere is still banned, so households cannot stay at hotels, self-catered properties or with friends and family.

New measures are being introduced across UK beaches to avoid the huge crowds and fights last year.

More than 500,000 people tried to flock to Bournemouth beach on the hottest day of the year last June.

The beach wants to introduce flying drones for crowd control, Covid marshals and a park-and-ride scheme to prevent gridlock and busy roads.

One beach is even banning daytime drinking with £1,000 fines for rule-breakers.

Dorset beaches are currently planning how to control huge crowds, such as Durdle Door which was so busy last year that it led to police closing the beach.

Margate beach is also looking at ways to avoid similar problems to last year which included anti-social behaviour and littering.

Devon and Cornwall police have called for 500 more officers to be able to cope with demand this summer as staycationers are expected to flock to the beaches.

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