Commissioner calls for second home owners to #ComeBackLater
The Police and Crime Commissioner for one of the country’s most visited areas has backed calls for tourists and second home owners to stay away this Easter and to consider making properties available for the coronavirus response.
The Devon and Cornwall Police force has more domestic visitors than any other in the UK and a high proportion of elderly residents classed as vulnerable to coronavirus (Covid-19).
Despite restrictions on people’s movement, residents have reported that some holiday accommodation providers are continuing to trade, and Devon and Cornwall Police has challenged some who have been travelling to the Westcountry for holidays.
This concern shared by other tourism hotspots across the UK has attracted national attention and the hashtag #ComeBackLater is trending on social media.
Alison Hernandez, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, has added her voice to those calling for both tourists and second home owners to stay in their primary residences until restrictions are lifted.
She is also asking for anyone with empty property in the area to make it available for key workers and play a key role in helping us to keep people safe at this critical time.