Plan - Book - Enjoy
From Monday (12th April) some self-catering and holiday parks will be reopening to the public, so you can once again visit Cornwall. But please don’t all rush down here thinking everywhere will be open. If you wish to stay, please book in advance, and be aware that although most shops will be reopening, restaurants and pubs will only be open if they have the facilities to serve outdoors.
The rules state that only self-catering that is separate and self-contained can open. If it has any indoor communal areas, such as lifts, staircases or internal entrances and corridors, then sadly it must remain closed until May 17th at the earliest. Even if you see accommodation available that uses shared facilities, do not book it, it should not be obtainable until May 17th, along with hotels, B&Bs and hostels.
Holiday parks and campsites where the only shared facilities used by guests are washing facilities, toilets, water points and waste disposal points, can also open on the 12th April. However, these facilities should be operated so as to ensure no household mixing takes place and the facilities need to be cleaned between users and kept well-ventilated.
The ‘Rule of Six’ came into action outdoors on March 29th. This enables larger groups to meet if they are from two households, and a ‘household’ can include a support bubble where eligible. This rule allows either six people from different households or two households to gather, providing greater flexibility in the different situations faced by families and individuals.
Non-essential shops will be reopening on April 12th, and we ask you to support them where you can, as will hairdressers, beauty salons and spas (except for steam rooms and saunas); and indoor sports and leisure facilities such as gyms and swimming pools.
When it comes to pubs and restaurants, they can only serve takeaways or to outside tables. We have heard that several pubs have taken the decision not to open, as they either have no outdoor facilities or it will not be cost-effective (and there's always the April showers to worry about...), so please don’t expect to get a pint everywhere!
Most outdoor attractions are hoping to reopen on the 12th, if they have not done so already. Many gardens have been open since the end of March to make the most of the wonderful spring blooms. We have a long list of which attractions are opening when HERE.
So, we look forward to welcoming you back to Cornwall. It’s still going to be a little different from normal, but we would rather you were safe and have a good time, take care and enjoy your holiday.