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Brits ‘scared to go out’ as local beach resorts turn into ‘Benidorm on steroids’

Due to the coronavirus crisis far more people than usual are taking their holidays in the UK. Last month the Government announced any Britons who travel to Spain, a popular holiday destination, will have to quarantine for 14 days.

On Friday, the hottest day of the year with temperatures hitting 37.8C at Heathrow Airport, saw even bigger numbers flock to the coast.

Speaking to the BBC Claire Harris, a 37-year-old St Ives resident, said she’d banned her children from the town’s harbour and main shopping areas due to the number of people.

She claimed the influx had left her “too scared to go food shopping” for fear of picking up the virus.

This view was supported by Vicky White from Newyln who said she now feels “uneasy” about leaving the house with her two young children.

Other residents also said the mass of people had made them fearful of going to the shops.

However, the opinion wasn’t universal as Adrienne Munday, who owns a small business in Mousehole, insisted the situation had been “dramatized”.

She added most locals were pleased the tourist seasons was finally underway amidst global economic turbulence.

According to Kim Conchie, chief executive of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, 25-28 percent of Cornwall’s income each year comes from tourism.

READ MORE: Portugal holidays: FCO issues worrying update on Lisbon 

A number of coronavirus measures have been tightened in recent days as fears increase the UK could be seeing a second wave.

On Thursday night restrictions were re-imposed on Greater Manchester, east Lancashire, and parts of West Yorkshire.

As a result, different households from this region are now banned from meeting.

A day later, the Government announced plans to ease some lockdown measures would be postponed for two weeks.

Boris Johnson said the rising case number meant it was necessary to “squeeze the brake pedal”.

He warned: “The prevalence of the virus in the community, in England, is likely to be rising for the first time since May.”

People will also be required to wear masks in more indoor locations, such as museums and cinemas.

The Government has instructed the police to step up enforcement of mask wearing in the required areas.

Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, warned the country had “probably reached near the limit or the limits” of what could be done in terms of reopening society.

Separately Professor Graham Medley told the BBC pubs may need to close again to allow schools to reopen next month.



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