Garden Centres open their doors but beauty spots in revolt

Garden Centres and golf clubs open their doors but beauty spots are in open revolt over guidance that lets people make short trips for leisure

  • Boris Johnson last night announced the reopening of garden centres in the UK 
  • New rules mean people can take unlimited exercise and travel to beauty spots 
  • But authorities in Cornwall, Cumbria, Wales and Scotland have urged tourists to stay at home and not travel to the areas
  • If you work at a golf club, tennis club, tourist spot or B&B and have been affected by this, email [email protected]

Garden centres, golf clubs and tennis courts can reopen this week as long as strict social distancing rules are enforced, but devolved governments and tourism boards have urged people to stay at home and not travel to beauty spots to exercise. 

Boris Johnson last night announced a slight ease the lockdown which has kept Britons inside for the last 49 days. 

New rules mean people can now take unlimited exercise, sunbathe outside, and travel to beauty spots if they stay two metres apart from those who are not from the same household.

But both Cornwall and Cumbria’s tourism board have urged people not to travel to their beaches and lakes and the ‘stay home’ message has not changed in Wales and Scotland, ministers have stated. 

Garden centres, golf clubs and tennis courts can reopen this week as long as strict social distancing rules this enforced. Pictured: Strawberry Hill Golf Club in Twickenham, west London prepares for opening after easing of lockdown measures

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford has told people not to travel over the border from England to exercise in Wales.

In an interview with Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday, Mr Drakeford stressed that the stay-home slogan had not ‘gone away’ in Wales.

‘The message I will be giving to people in Wales is while they must be alert to the continuing danger of coronavirus, if you’re not out of your house for an essential purpose – and that does include exercise, it can include shopping and it must include going to work for people who can safely do so – staying at home remains the best way that you can protect yourself and others,’ Mr Drakeford said.

He added: ‘The fewer contacts you have with other people, the more you suppress your own risk and the risk to others.

Garden centres can now reopen if social distancing measures are adhered to. Pictured:  A man picks up flowers in Sandy Lane Nursery in Liverpool this morning

‘So being alert is important but staying at home has not gone away.’ 

The Welsh Government’s counsel general, Jeremy Miles, added to the BBC the rules ‘do not permit people to get in their car and drive to destinations in Wales’.

‘And that also means people getting in their cars in England,’ he said 

Nicola Sturgeon has also said that abandoning the stay at home message in Scotland and following Boris Johnson’s easing of lockdown would put lives at risk.

Officials in the Lake District urged those not to travel to their beauty spots, and told them to ‘look at their conscious’ and stay at home.

The government issued a series of graphics last night to illustrate the potential path out of the coronavirus lockdown

Cumbria’s tourism board tweeted last night: ‘We are shocked by the timing and short notice of tonight’s announcement. We are awaiting further details but the safety of residents must come first. For now, tourism businesses in Cumbria remain closed and we urge everyone to continue to #StayHome.’ 

South Lakes police also urged people to ‘take a long hard look’ at their conscious before heading to the Lake District.

Sharing a map which showed the North West as the worst effected area of the UK, they said: ‘Before considering travelling to #Cumbria #LakeDistrict please grab a brew examine this map, and take a long hard look at your own conscience. We urge you to use common sense and to continue to exercise close to your own home. We need to break the cycle of infection #lockdown’

Golfers wear facemasks as they stand outside the ‘proshop’ while preparing for a practice session at The ‘Bluegreen’ Golf Course in Saint Aubin, south-west of Paris

A golfer wears a facemask as he pushes his trolley ahead of a practice session at The ‘Bluegreen’ Golf Course in Saint Aubin

Earlier this month, the northwest of England passed London as the epicentre of the UK’s coronavirus outbreak, with more people in the region in hospital with the illness than in the capital.   

Officials in Cornwall have also urged tourists to stay away until July.

Malcom Bell, the chief executive of Visit Conrwall, told Cornwall Live the Prime Minster’s speech added more confusion than clarity.  

‘The bottom line though is that we don’t want people turning up in Cornwall on Wednesday.

Both Nicola Sturgeon (left) and Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford (right) have said the easing of lockdown does not applying in Scotland and Wales

‘He said from Wednesday onwards so I am hoping this 50-page document will spell out the limitations on that. I’d hope it would say no travelling of more than 10 miles something along those lines.’

 ‘I would hope that the increased police powers and fines will act as stronger deterrent to prevention long or unjustifiable journeys to places like Cornwall,’ he added.   

The warning comes despite a new study showing jobs in Britain’s top holiday destinations among those most at risk due to coronavirus.

The futures of more than 30 per cent of positions in areas such as Cornwall, the Cotswolds and the Isle of Wight are threatened in light of the pandemic, according to analysis by The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

A map, pictured, shows the 20 local authority areas where the most jobs are at risk, according to an RSA study

Many resident of holiday towns have made it clear that they do not want tourists visiting during the pandemic. A message reading ‘tourists go home’ is scrawled on the beach in St Ives in March 

This angry sign in north Wales reads: ‘Snowdonia is closed. F*** off home!’, as locals hit out at tourists

Countryside dwellers are blasting city residents who are fleeing places like London for idyllic retreats (pictured, one person erected a sign on a roadside near Pembrokeshire) 

The research suggests some 66,878 jobs could be lost on England’s southwestern tip, traditionally inundated with swathes of tourists and holidaymakers during the summer months.

In the Outer Hebrides, more than 2000 people have signed a petition to crackdown on lockdown-breaking ferry passengers coming to the islands.

The region has just six confirmed cases of coronavirus, but the authorities are now being urged to clamp down on visitors breaking the rules entering the Western Isles.

The petition – which urges tighter enforcement of travel restrictions – comes after new visitors were recently spotted and the death of six residents with Covid-19 at a care home on neighbouring Skye.

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