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Christian MP warns tourists to 'stay away' from Cornwall amidst coronavirus outbreak

by Heather Preston

A Christian MP has warned holiday makers not to visit Cornwall, saying it will put unnecessary strain on local services during the coronavirus crisis. 

Christian MP for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Double, has written an open letter urging tourists to stay away from the county.

More stringent measures have been put in place by the government in recent days advising people against all unnecessary travel. 

Double is concerned that holiday makers to the area will put the lives of local people at risk.

"Please do not travel to Cornwall, we do not want to spread this virus any further. We do not want our NHS in Cornwall being put under undue pressure by tourists coming here and we want to save the lives of people in Cornwall," Double told Sky News.

"If you travel here, I'm sorry, there is a very blunt message - you are putting the lives of people in Cornwall at risk."

Visitors continue to arrive in the area, according to Double, despite government recommendations. 
He says it is "the biggest concern facing local residents."

The Conservative MP has suggested the government issues an "even stronger message" that clearly states "traveling for a holiday is not essential and should not be done."

On Friday it was announced that the UK's hospitality and entertainment industries must shut their doors in the fight against coronavirus.

Double has commended local businesses who have taken such measures and encouraged others to take the recommendation seriously, in order to protect lives.

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