Brits urged to denounce people taking Easter holidays in Covid crackdown
BRITS living near Airbnbs have been urged to call cops on overnight travelers under the Covid crackdown.
While lockdown restrictions relaxed this week, overnight stays are banned until at least April 12, when a household will be allowed to visit self-catering accommodation.
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But tourism chiefs in Devon have urged locals to report outside residents to the police.
The call came just days after lockdown talkers ransacked a house on one of Britain’s most expensive streets during an illegal 60-person Airbnb party.
And Cornwall officials also today warned that it was “still illegal” to walk for miles to visit.
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Sally Everton, director of Visit Devon, called on the public to visit the county when it is “safe and legal” to do so.
“Coming onto the A30 yesterday all I saw were cars with surfboards on the roofs,” she said.
“Either they’re going to wax or maintain their surfboards, or they’re looking for waves.
“I’m pretty disappointed because people are going to break the law.
“What we need is an execution notice from the government that even though people can move, they have to stay put and minimize the trips.
“If you know there is someone in their second home or that there is an Airbnb that has been occupied, we encourage them to report it to the police.”
Earlier this month, cops were called to a £ 2million area in Sandbanks, Dorset after neighbors complained about the noise and loud music coming from a multi-million property of books.
The shocked home owner had rented his luxury mattress for two nights earlier this month for £ 1,400 from a couple based in Reading, Berks.
He said: “I am absolutely mortified and had to explain to the neighbors what happened, but luckily they were very understanding.
“The people who hired him have completely sewn me up and are the dregs of the company. They sprayed champagne on the walls and the place was messy. “
And Visit Cornwall’s Malcom Bell said today: “We want visitors to hear this message, plan ahead, book now and visit later when the rules allow and we look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful part of the world. “
Boris Johnson relaxed some rules yesterday as cases continue to drop.
The English are now allowed to meet outdoors, including in private gardens, in groups of six.
Meanwhile, the order to “stay at home” has disappeared.
The easing coincided with a mini-heatwave as temperatures in the southeast soared to over 24C today, breaking a record held for more than 50 years.
But as Britons celebrate being allowed to meet friends and loved ones again, many restrictions remain in place.
Among the rules, hotels and group vacations will not resume until at least May 17.
And yesterday, a source told The Sun that the holiday date may well be pushed back – as the picture in Europe and elsewhere “is still too dark to make a clear decision.”
But the Prime Minister faces increased pressure to unlock sooner after four NHS regions covering 29 million people in southern England reported no deaths on Sunday.
The PM confirmed that a public holiday update will be released on April 5, Easter Monday.
He said the most important thing was to keep vaccinating people in “large numbers”, adding that he would soon reveal “what the global travel task force has come up with”.
Now 40 MPs have sent the prime minister a letter urging him to avoid delaying a travel decision.
The multi-party MP group warned the country would face a longer road to recovery without tourism – and said vacations are essential, Daily Mail reports.