Praise for local tourism industry respecting lockdown closure order
15 April 2020
The local tourism industry in North Devon has responded positively to the order to close their businesses down to prevent tourists making their way down to the area during the Coronavirus lockdown.
NDC staff drove around the district over the weekend and were pleased to see that all local campsites and holiday parks were clearly closed.
Last week, officers investigated almost 100 reports from the public about holiday accommodation businesses still trading, but in all but two instances, people were found to be abiding by the rules. In a number of cases, key workers were in the accommodation to self isolate from their families to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
Leader of the Council Cllr David Worden says: "We are delighted that our local businesses are abiding by the rules and are heartened by what we've seen across the district. We will continue to investigate reports of any businesses being open which should be closed but we also ask that the public try and establish if people in holiday accommodation might be the owners or key workers first before making the report as it is clear that the vast majority of businesses are closed to the public."
The council only has powers to close businesses and cannot take any action against second homes being used. If anyone is concerned about social distancing not being adhered to, people are asked to contact the police on 101. Concerns about businesses should be reported to us online or by calling Customer Services on 01271 327711.