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Chancellor cuts VAT on hospitality

BBC Politics

Rishi Sunak
BBC

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is to cut VAT on hospitality as part of a £30bn plan to prevent mass unemployment as the economy is hit by coronavirus.

The government will also pay firms a £1,000 bonus for every staff member kept on for three months when the furlough scheme ends in October.

And Mr Sunak announced a scheme to give 50% off to people dining out in August.

The chancellor warned "hardship lies ahead", but vowed no-one will be left "without hope," in a statement to MPs.

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Museums figure out plans to reopen

BBC Radio Cornwall

Museums in Cornwall are saying they have their own individual problems to sort out before reopening under Covid-19 regulations.

Verity Anthony, the manager of collections at Bodmin Keep, said the foyer of the museum was the area "causing the most issues when considering how to safely reopen to the public".

We are looking at whether we might perhaps be able to open an entrance on the other side of the building to allow an entrance and exit through two different doors."

Verity Anthony, the manager of collections at Bodmin KeepBodmin Keep

Attractions said they were moving exhibits and even relocating shops as they tried to ensure everyone would be safe when they reopened.

Annette MacTavish, the director of the Museum of Cornish Life in Helston, said lots of changes had been made, including putting bunting up "to act as a barrier", plus "lots more room in the shop", many things now in glass cases and "directional arrows to show visitors around the museum".

But Mevagissey Museum said it would not be opening for the summer season.

Chairwoman Jane Morgan said despite their best efforts and all their "wonderful memorabilia", that "we cannot keep everybody safe, and that is paramount".

Mevagissey Museum
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New comet 'brightest since 1997' above Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Comet Neo Wise. Pic: Robert Wiltshire
Robert Wiltshire

The brightest comet since 1997 will be visible over Cornwall for the rest of the month.

It has arrived from what is called the Oort Cloud and has been named comet Neo Wise.

At the moment it can be seen in the early morning sky. But in the next few days it will be visible in the evening.

Brian Sheen, from the Roseland Observatory, said it should be relatively easy to spot, even if it was true "you need to get up well before dawn".

He added that "once gone, it will not be seen again".

Robert Wiltshire's picture above shows the comet on Tuesday morning.

Cornwall councillors back lowering voting age to 16

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cornwall councillors have backed calls to lower the voting age to 16 and will ask the government to use Cornwall as a pilot area in next May’s local elections.

Liberal Democrat group leader Malcolm Brown had put a motion to the council last year, calling for the council to back his call to lower the voting age.

The full council approved it - by 54 votes to 50 and three abstentions - despite opposition among Conservative councillors.

Mr Brown said climate change demonstrations at County Hall and the involvement of young people in the Black Lives Matter demonstrations showed young people care about issues and wanted to have their say.

The council heard it would affect 7,500 young people in Cornwall.

Conservative councillor James Mustoe said he would not be supporting the calls, saying the debate was “wasting time” and would only result in the council sending a letter to the government “that will then be ignored”.

He said lowering the voting age was a Lib Dem manifesto promise and suggested that, as Cornwall had elected Conservative MPs since 2015, it “shows that the people of Cornwall do not support lowering the age of voting”.

Ballot boxes
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The digital divide: School gives iPads to students early

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

Student and iPad
BBC

There’s concern some pupils from low income and vulnerable families risk being left behind because they do not have adequate internet access at home.

Research carried out across the UK during the three months of Covid-19 lockdown suggested about 700,000 11 to 18-year-olds had missed out on schoolwork.

Many charities and companies have set up schemes to accept donations of old laptops, tablets and phones to supply to schools.

One Cornish school has decided to distribute 100 iPads to pupils who do not officially start with them until September.

Pool Academy has been using iPads for every pupil for the past seven years. But, this year, in response to lockdown, staff have delivered the pads early to the future Year Sevens to ensure they could connect and take part in transition activities to get to know teaches and peers.

Staff said it was about connecting with them in the weeks they would usually do transition activities, for example, spending time in secondary school to boost confidence. It has also helped them with home learning, they added.

Head teacher Claire Meakin, who hand-delivered many devices, said she had made technology a priority for some time, and that the government should do "anything" to "close that gap for schools and students".

Schools have an opportunity to put their investment where they think is right. Seven years ago, we said technology was the thing we needed every student to have."

Claire MeakinHead teacher, Pool Academy
Pool Academy website
Pool Academy

Councillor criticises Boris Johnson's care homes comments

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

A senior Cornwall Councillor has joined criticism of Boris Johnson, who has been accused of trying to shift the blame for coronavirus deaths onto care homes.

The prime minister said on Monday that "too many care homes didn't really follow the procedures".

His words sparked fury in the care home sector, with one charity boss calling them "clumsy and cowardly". Labour called for an apology over what it described as "crass comments"

Rob Rotchell, the portfolio holder for adult social care at Cornwall Council, said he was angry at the comments because government support had been inadequate.

Health secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons care homes had done "amazing work" during the crisis and rejected Labour calls to apologise for the PM's remark.

In the early stages, it was almost impossible to get our hands on PPE [personal protection equipment], and we were promised that there was a huge, huge central stock, which was more than sufficient to cope with whatever came our way, and that wasn't true. We've seen a number of iterations of delivery systems, none of which have been successful."

Rob RotchellPortfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Cornwall Council cabinet

Newquay-Heathrow flights due to start from 24 July

BBC Radio Cornwall

Flights to Heathrow from Cornwall are due to start again from 24 July, Newquay Airport has said.

The service, operated by British Airways, would begin with three flights a week in July, before moving to five a week in August and then daily from September, staff said.

Bodmin theatre group hopes show will go on

James Churchfield

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornwall theatre is hoping to apply for some of the £1.5bn rescue package announced by the government for the arts.

In the meantime, members of the Sterts Theatre company on Bodmin Moor are rehearsing for their summer show, Guys and Dolls, which they hope can go on.

As part of their Covid-19 safety measures, bosses and the company said they had put in three-metre distancing and performers would not sing at each other.

Sterts Theatre has put in 3 metre distancing and performers will not sing at each other

Devon and Cornwall Police underfunded by government - MP

BBC Politics

Devon and Cornwall Police vehicle
BBC

A Cornwall MP has told the House of Commons that Devon and Cornwall Police is being underfunded by the government.

Newquay and St Austell Conservative Steve Double said the force got just 52 pence per person per day, compared to the England and Wales average of 61 pence.

He made the point that Devon and Cornwall deserved more cash because of the pressures of the summer season.

During the extended tourism season, we experience a 14% increase in the number of incidents, including an 11.7% increase in recorded crime. This represents the highest seasonal increase in recorded crime across the whole country."

Steve DoubleNewquay and St Austell MP (Conservative)

Policing Minister Kit Malthouse praised the work of the Devon and Cornwall force, but denied it was being shortchanged.

He said police funding would be looked at - at some point - but he had other priorities at the moment.

Before we do so, there are important tasks which, frankly, are more important to the people we represent, and that is fighting the uptake in crime that we've seen across the country over the last few years; dealing with the county lines problem, which I know plagues all the constituencies in Devon and Cornwall, is high on our list of tasks to complete first off."

Kit Malthouse MPMinister for Crime and Policing

Drilling starts at South Crofty mine

BBC Radio Cornwall

Test drilling has started at the old South Crofty tin mine at Pool - after a long delay caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Crofty was Cornwall's last working mine before it closed in 1998.

The site is operated by Strongbow Exploration - which plans to start by drilling a shaft a kilometre deep to try to discover how much tin is still there.

South Crofty mine
Google

The tin mineralisation that was mined up until 1998 continues beneath the old workings and we believe continues a long way past the old workings, and we think the mine could have a long life again.

CEO Richard WilliamsCEO, Strongbow Exploration

'We feel welcome and locals are getting back to work'

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

Three people in Perranporth on holiday from Cheltenham have also said they were being careful to follow the coronavirus rules.

Iain, Keren, and Rachel were at the Watering Hole on Perranporth beach, enjoying their second drink at a pub since Saturday’s relaxation of lockdown rules.

They said they had been made to feel welcome.

Rachel said: “It feels like people are really glad to have people back in the area.”

Iain added: “Our taxi driver from Newquay was really enthusiastic and looking forward to getting back to work and making some money.”

Iain, Keren, and Rachel
BBC

'We're happy staying in a caravan but not eating out'

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

Jayne Bennett
BBC

A woman who works with people with dementia said she needed a break.

Jayne Bennett, from Bristol, said she and her husband were taking precautions and were not eating out but were very happy to be staying in their caravan near Perranporth.

She said: “We just have to be very careful and take it all seriously. It is BBQs and drinks outside the caravan.

“I have worked all through [lockdown] so it is just nice to get away for a break.”

Perranporth beach
BBC

Caravan owners 'made to feel welcome'

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

Linda and Bob Caple
BBC

A couple who are in Perranporth to prepare their static caravan for visitors said they have been made to feel welcome.

Linda and Bob Caple, from Tamworth, said their caravan, at the Haven Perran Sands Holiday Park, was fully booked between next week and September.

Linda said people seemed to want to stay local on their holidays, and she had also been taking bookings for 2021.

“I have never had so many bookings for next year as I have at the moment,” she said.

Linda said the site had been open for a couple of days to owners, but Monday was the first day tourists were allowed to come.

She said: “We are finding it quite busy, but I think tomorrow is going to be a lot busier [in town]. Most holidaymakers turn up today.”

Bob said everything on the site was very organised.

Perranporth
BBC

Plans for Cornwall's first dry ski slope approved

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cornwall dry ski slope plans
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Plans to create the first dry ski slope centre in Cornwall have been given approval.

Under the plans, there would be two slopes constructed on the Killiow Estate – one main slope and a nursery slope.

The site lies to the south of Truro and close to the A39 and Playing Place.

Planning permission has been approved for two dry ski slopes, ski lifts, a facilities building, parking for 78 cars and three coaches. The building would have a reception area, changing facilities, equipment hire, cafe, soft play area and shop.

Permission had previously been granted for the plans in 2014 but the application was resubmitted after the consent expired.

Cornwall Council heard the provision of the slope and associated facilities "in this location has the potential to provide economic benefits not only for the Killiow Estate but also for the wider area".

There are currently no dry ski slopes in Cornwall, with the nearest being in Plymouth. Other plans have previously been proposed for sites in Newquay and Par.

Restricting numbers of customers in shop 'working well'

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

Joanne Hinton, Laffkids, St Ives
BBC

Non-essential shops have been allowed to open since 15 June but some shop owners in St Ives have noticed an increase in the number of people in town since Saturday’s easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

Joanne Hinton, from Laffkids clothing shop, said they were only allowing four people in at a time and she thought they would continue with that for the rest of the year.

“It seems to be working well,” she said. “This weekend we have noticed more people and over the next few weeks I think it is going to gradually get busier.”

Joanne said she was still concerned about the virus and hoped everyone would behave themselves, be sensible and keep everyone safe.

Laffkids, St Ives
BBC

Arts cash boost welcomed 'but theatres need full audience'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Leading figures in the arts in Cornwall have given a warm welcome to the government's announcement that it is providing more than £1.5bn to help protect the future of theatres, galleries, museums and other cultural venues.

Cinemas are now able to reopen with social distancing and some are calling for theatres to be able to do the same.

However, the founder of Cornwall's Miracle Theatre, Bill Scott, said theatres needed a full house for the best experience, although he could understand why audiences are not allowed back in yet.

For us to be viable, we need to house a full audience. And, in fact, for the experience of live theatre, you do need to have people around you enjoying it, because it is a shared experience - that's what's so special about it."

Bill ScottCornwall's Miracle Theatre, Bill Scott

But he added that the fund was "amazing ... for the sector as a whole" and it "will make a difference".

Reduced takings for businesses 'a worry'

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

One business owner in St Ives who opened for the first time on Monday said he had seen about 10% of his normal takings, which was "a worry".

David Hosking, from the Beachcomber Cafe, said they had decided not to open on Saturday because the weather was not good.

He said opening was very “strange” but customers seemed to know what to expect and were friendly.

“There are not as many people here as people hoped for,” he said. “This [outside the cafe] would normally be very busy.

“One thing we have all noticed is there are more young people here than there normally would be. The older generation are not here in as many numbers.”

David Hosking
BBC

Council staff home working 'saving 42,000 miles of travel'

Cornwall Council staff having to work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic has had environmental benefits, a senior councillor says.

Cabinet environment portfolio holder Rob Nolan said on Twitter that with 4,000 staff working from home, about 42,000 miles of travel had been saved every day.

He added that, with 12 main buildings currently closed by the local authority, there had been a saving of 60 tonnes of carbon and two million fewer pages printed by staff.

Cornwall Council
BBC

Major's best foot forward in £400k fundraising trek

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

A dad is embarking on a 700-mile barefoot trek across the UK - starting at Land's End and heading to Edinburgh - in a bid to raise £400,000 to fund research to help his daughter and other children like her who have the rare disease Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.

Army Major Chris Brannigan, who has fought in Afghanistan, said that, just to add to the challenge, he would be wearing his full army kit - minus his boots, obviously.

He said he hoped it would will lead to a treatment for the life-limiting condition which affects his eight-year-old daughter, Hasti.

Christopher Brannigan told us how Hasti's plight had inspired the 700 mile shoeless trek.

'I thought St Ives was going to be busier'

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

Businesses offering boat trips have been plying their trade on the St Ives' harbour front.

George Sanders, from Rebel V Rib Rides, said they reopened on Sunday but he had been unable to take customers on trips because of the state of the sea, which he hoped would improve in a couple of days.

“I thought it was going to be busier,” he said. “There is a few people in town but it is not what it normally would be.”

George said they were not going to be able to take as many people on their rib rides to comply with social distancing and were going to be spacing out trips more to allow cleaning of the boats and life jackets.

He said most people seemed to understand the rules but there were “some people who are being a bit inconsiderate and they do get a little bit close”.

St Ives
BBC

Pubs and hotels 'need more financial help'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Many of Cornwall and Devon's pubs opened up over the weekend as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were eased in England - but with reduced capacity and customers confined to tables, rather than standing at the bar.

But despite the fact that money was now coming in, the director of pubs for Cornwall's St Austell Brewery, Steve Worrall, said Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak needed to consider more financial help for pubs and hotels.

We're just asking that he does think about hospitality across the UK. Although some people did very well [at the weekend], ultimately the amount of trade was significantly down on last year, and we are looking for the chancellor to help us through into the long-term as we build back this great industry."

Steve WorrallSt Austell Brewery
Drinkers at bar
BBC

Balancing up tourism business and a second virus spike

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

St Ives
BBC

A couple on a day trip to St Ives from up the road in Camborne said they were anxious about the possibility of a second spike in coronavirus cases.

Andy and Jackie Bray said they did not normally come to St Ives in the summer as it was so busy, but said it seemed fine on Monday.

Andy, who has been furloughed, said: “Part of us wishes people didn’t come down on holiday to keep the virus at bay and to keep people safe, but, on the other hand Cornwall businesses need tourism.

“As long as everyone is sensible and keeps their distance [it should be OK].”

Jackie, who works in a school, said: “We don’t want a second spike.”

Andy and Jackie Bray
BBC

'Customers have been great and sticking to the rules'

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

Joanne Wiggin
BBC

Restaurants, bars and cafes in St Ives were able to reopen on Saturday.

At the Porthminster Beach Cafe, the restaurant is open at half capacity.

Customers are greeted at the door and asked to adhere to social distancing.

Joanne Wiggin, who works there, said she had been anxious about returning but it was going “fantastically”.

Customers have been great and everyone is sticking to the rules. We are at half capacity at the moment - we are not maxing out. I am happy to be back.”

Joanne WigginPorthminster Beach Cafe

Three 'unacceptable' assaults on police in 24 hours

Assaults on three police officers in Cornwall in 24 hours have been condemned as "unacceptable" by a senior officer.

Falmouth-based Ch Insp Ian Thompson said the incidents involved kicking, spitting and punching "aimed at officers who are just trying to do their job to the best of their ability".

Three people were arrested, he said.

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'Not everyone would drive five hours to get to the beach'

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

Porthminster beach
BBC

A handful of people were enjoying Porthminster beach, near St Ives, on Monday morning.

There was plenty of space for social distancing and people were sat enjoying the sunshine in small groups.

Cibelle, from London, and her sister-in-law Leticia, from Cambridgeshire, arrived in the town on Saturday for a short break.

The pair said they had needed a break and chose St Ives on the basis it might be less busy that south coast resorts such as Bournemouth.

Cibelle and Leticia
BBC

Cibelle said: “We decided to come here because we thought not everyone would drive like we did for five hours to get to the beach.”

Leticia said new procedures in restaurants, such as staff wearing masks, reminded them the virus was still here.

"It is busy for the new reality but not busy for before,” she said.

The pair, who stayed in a B&B and are returning home on Tuesday, said they were glad they had come.

Tourism boss welcomes weekend of good behaviour

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's tourism boss says he is grateful for the good behaviour of both visitors and locals at the weekend as pubs and restaurants finally opened their doors as Covid-19 restrictions were further relaxed in England.

Police said that, although there were hundreds of calls - many about antisocial behaviour - there were no major incidents.

Visit Cornwall head Malcolm Bell said Cornwall benefited from being a relatively long way to drive for most holidaymakers.

St Ives
BBC

I think it went very well. There was some talk about a week ago that it was 'going was to be Bournemouth' [which declared a major incident when tens of thousands of people turned up on beaches] . But we weren't profiling that at all - far from it. I know people were nervous of scenes in Bournemouth and in Brighton, but they're within two hours of anything from 10 to 15 million people. We're in a different position."

Malcolm BellVisit Cornwall

Red and green cards on pub tables

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish landlady says reopening went extremely well thanks to "weeks of planning".

The Golden Lion in Stithians, mid Cornwall, brought in measures such as a red and green card system for tables, to ensure no-one sat at a table which had not been sanitised between customers.

Many people pre-booked and also sat in an outside dining area over the weekend.

Golden Lion Inn
Google

Everything went extremely well. I mean it was a little weird. All our staff are wearing face shields, but everything went smoothly, all the customers were very happy and they felt safe.

Sarah SearLandlady, Golden Lion Inn, Stithians

Holiday park 'quieter than usual'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Campsites and caravan parks opened over the weekend.

Shared facilities like showers and toilets are reportedly being cleaned more regularly.

Two-hundred-and-fifty people arrived at the Ayr Holiday Park in St Ives, but owners said numbers were down.

Ayr Holiday Park
Google

It was great to see people arriving [on Saturday], a lot of old customers who have been coming for many years. They call it their happy place. [However, it's] a lot of quieter than it would normally be at this time of year because a lot of people have already postponed their holidays that were booked until later in the autumn or next year.

Andrew BaragwanathOwner, Ayr Holiday Park

Police's 1,000 incidents 'typical of normal July Saturday'

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Devon and Cornwall Police described the first Saturday night after lockdown as "typical" of a normal July weekend, as customers were allowed out for a drink for the first time in three months with the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in England.

Although officers tweeted that they dealt with more than 1,000 incidents, it was classed as par for the course on a "normal" Saturday in July, they told the BBC.

Extra officers were on duty, but fears of drunken revellers getting out of control did not materialise.

In Cornwall, Newquay had an extra five officers on shift that night, numbers similar to those they would normally have on New Year's Eve.

Restaurants and bars had also worked with police to minimise the likelihood of trouble.

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Hospital director warns of busy weekend

BBC Radio Cornwall

"We think it's going to be like a summer New Year's Eve" ED Dr Toby Slade from RCHT

Giant 'thank you' added to Eden roof

A giant "thank you" has been added to the roof of the biomes at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The sign, in four-metre high white letters alongside a blue heart, has been created by the Eden team to "express its gratitude to everyone helping people and communities through the coronavirus pandemic and all the challenges that have arisen from it".

Peter Stewart, the Eden Project’s campaigns and communications director, said: “We thank the selfless people who are helping the country through the crisis, all those in our wonderful NHS, the care workers, the key workers, the volunteers, the neighbours, the family members and friends."

Eden
Eden

Cornwall hospital preparing for pubs reopening

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Medical staff at Cornwall’s main hospital are preparing for the easing of lockdown and opening of pubs this weekend as if it was New Year’s Eve.

Toby Slade, associate medical director for emergency care at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, said that plans were in place for this weekend.

He said: "We are preparing for a very busy weekend coming up.

"It will be what New Year’s Eve would be like if New Year’s Eve was a whole day of people going on the beach and then going out at night.

"We are asking people to behave sensibly and responsibly."

Royal Cornwall Hosptial
BBC

Officers to help businesses 'reopen safely' on Saturday

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

St Ives
Google

Public protection  officers will patrol town centres in Cornwall this weekend to help businesses "reopen safely".

Cornwall Council said its staff would be on hand to offer advice to pubs, restaurants, bars, and takeaways as they open on Saturday for the first time since lockdown.

Hospitality business can reopen providing they meet criteria set out by the government including limiting numbers and collecting contact details for customers.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s cabinet member for environment and public protection, said: “We are explaining, encouraging and supporting businesses to understand what they are required to do in order to reopen in a safe way that protects everyone from Coronavirus infection."

Up to 80,000 tourists expected in Cornwall

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Gwithian
BBC

Cornwall could see up to 80,000 tourists coming into the county from this weekend as businesses open for the first time since lockdown.

With hotels, campsites, attractions, pubs and restaurants all able to open for the first time from Saturday there is expected to be an influx of visitors.

Visit Cornwall chief executive Malcolm Bell said today that it was expected there could be between 75,000 and 80,000 visitors coming to Cornwall, which he said was 30% down on usual numbers for this time of year.

But he added that it was expected to rise in the coming weeks to 100,000.

Not all accommodation providers would be opening this weekend, with many large holiday parks not opening until Monday and some hotels until later next week, Mr Bell confirmed.

He explained this was because they were having to bring back staff from furlough and making sure they were ready for guests.

Mr Bell added: "I have heard of people wanting to come down at midnight on Saturday but places have been sensible and said come down at the normal times."

Police boss vows to protect busy local areas on 4 July

BBC Radio Cornwall

Anti-social behaviour will be targeted by police, communities and local authorities in key locations in Cornwall and Devon as lockdown is lifted.

A mass brawl broke out on the beach at Exmouth two days in a row as young people gathered there.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez is making money available to protect 20 sites ahead of Saturday's easing of coronavirus restrictions, including Orcombe Point (Exmouth), Exeter Quay, Truro city centre, Perran Sands, Plymouth Hoe and Plymouth Barbican and three sites in Newquay.

Fistral Beach
BBC

The money can be spent on street marshals, CCTV, volunteer schemes like Street Pastors and temporary toilets.

The commissioner will be working with local authorities and community safety partnerships over the next few days to agree what is needed at each place and £3,000 per location has been made available immediately.

Council head calls for more clarity on local lockdowns

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Cornwall Council has called on the government to provide more clarity on what powers local authorities would have to deal with a potential coronavirus outbreak if a local Covid-19 lockdown was imposed.

Leicester has become the first area in England to be put under local restrictions because of a spike in coronavirus cases.

The council said it and its Isles of Scilly counterpart were due to publish their local outbreak management plan, which would include details about how organisations across Cornwall would help limit the effects of an outbreak.

But Cornwall Council leader Julian German said the government needed to provided more details about how to effectively implement a localised lockdown.

He said: "Where is that guidance? We are yet to see it, and this continuing confusion risks undermining the hard work we and other local authorities have done to keep our residents safe and limit the impact of Covid-19."

PM supports social distancing calls for Cornwall visitors

BBC Politics

Scott Mann at PMQs
BBC

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is supporting calls for visitors to Cornwall to maintain social distancing.

The issue was raised at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons by North Cornwall Conservative MP Scott Mann (pictured).

Mr Mann asked: "Will the Prime Minister join me in politely asking visitors to Cornwall to follow the example set by local people over the past three months and strictly respect distancing guidance? We want people to come and have a fantastic holiday in Cornwall. We just want them to be sensible when they're visiting."

The prime minister said Mr Mann "brilliantly sums up the approach that we want to take".

He said: "We want our seaside communities, our fantastic national tourist areas, to feel confident about welcoming visitors this summer. We want loads of stay-cations ... but we want people to observe the rules keep defeating the virus."

Calls for people to avoid 'tombstoning'

Cornwall’s harbourmasters have warned against the dangers of "tombstoning", as the county prepares to welcome holidaymakers back after the lockdown.

Tombstoning involves jumping off cliffs, seawalls and harbours into deep water and 20 people across the UK had died doing it since 2007, Cornwall Council said.

Truro and Penryn Harbourmaster Mark Killingback called for people to avoid taking part in the high-risk activity, saying that "better weather, and everyone flocking back to the coast" had seen tombstoning reach "epidemic proportions".

He said: "We cannot over-emphasise how dangerous it is to - quite literally - jump into the unknown. You can never tell what is hidden from view under the sea’s surface.This is completely unnecessary risk-taking."

He was joined in his calls by the Newquay and St Ives Harbourmaster, Falmouth's pier master and Cornwall Council.

The council urged people to report anti-social behaviour to its Anti-Social Behaviour Team.

Such behaviour can also be reported to police by calling 101 or via email. Any threat or behaviour causing "immediate danger" should be reported via 999, the council said.

Tombstoner
BBC