Cornish locals say they are ‘too scared’ to go food shopping as visitors ignore social distancing


Cornish resorts have been labelled ‘Benidorm on steroids’ after floods of visitors have left residents too scared to leave their houses and go shopping for food. 

Street marshals have been patrolling hotspots after visitors were seen pouring down narrow streets without paying attention to social-distancing rules, despite warning signs being put in place. 

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘squeezed the brakes’ on easing lockdown restrictions across the country after coronavirus infections doubled in the last month. 

And a top Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) advisor, Professor Graham Medley, warned that the virus could ‘just get out of control’ as he claimed there was a rise in infections among younger people. 

Not a single pitch, campervan space or lodge at any of the top 20 campsites in Cornwall or top 15 in Dorset are available for a week’s stay for two adults from today, as lockdown-weary holidaymakers flock to the areas to enjoy a summer break.

Parks and campsites across Britain have seen a boom in bookings recently, with Haven, Butlin’s, Center Parcs and Hoseasons being inundated – and cottage bookings swept up.

Those looking for sun-soaked day trips have started taking advantage of the country’s beauty spots already, with huge crowds flocking to seaside spots in Cornwall and Devon on Thursday – leaving car parks jam-packed.  

Thousands of tourists flocked to beaches in the south of England yesterday when temperatures soared to record highs of 100F (37.8C) but they have left local authorities deeming British beaches ‘unmanageable’.  

One Cornish resident spoke on BBC Radio 1 this morning and described the area as ‘Benidorm on steroids’.  

And a St Ives resident who manages holiday lets, Claire Harris, 37, said her family was ‘too scared to go food shopping’. 

She revealed that she has banned her children from the main street and harbour because of the hordes of people.  

Cornish resorts have been labelled ‘Benidorm on…

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