Two popular staycation spots put out warning to traveling Brits

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Tourists have been urged to stay away from Cornwall and Cumbria unless they have pre-booked a trip, due to a huge spike in covid cases.

The latest figures show Cornwall has 770 cases per 100,000 people, double the previous week's figure. Health officials say the 4,700 new cases could be linked to the Boardmasters festival held at the start of August.

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Malcolm Bell, head of Visit Cornwall, has asked visitors to help keep the region safe: "We are asking people not to come unless they have booked ahead and request they take a lateral flow test before, during and after their stay so that people can be safe and help us to manage the current spike."

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Bell appealed to Cornish visitors to "treble their efforts as much as possible" with the hands, face, space guidance, and try to remain outdoors.

According to health agency data, both Devon and Cornwall have recorded 500 cases or more per 100,000 people in the seven days to 18th August. Just one week before, the figure was 300 or fewer per 100,000 people.

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Mr Bell added: “There is concern and most local residents will be happier in a week or so, when the peak season is over and an older demographic visits as there are too many occurrences of overcrowding in honey pots.

“We have over 300 beaches and lovely parts that can cope with visitors.” He added that the vaccination programme in the county was in “full flow” and asked people due to arrive to be patient with businesses who are short staffed and to book ahead with activities.

According to statistics from Visit Cornwall, Cornwall is officially the favourite UK holiday destination – it has been voted number one in the British Travel Awards for the last eight years running. There are approximately five million people going to Cornwall on holiday each year and there are a total of between 24 and 25 million bed nights stayed.

A top health chief in Cumbria has also warned visitors to take a test before travelling to the region after they too experienced a spike in cases. Colin Cox, director of public health for the region, told BBC Radio Cumbria: "Please come because it is a beautiful place and you'll have a lovely time in Cumbria.

"Take a lateral flow test to make sure that, as you're coming here, you are clear of the virus. We'd really appreciate it if you did that."

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The region saw a surge in cases in the area, with Cumbria recording 228 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, the most since mid-July and far higher than the 179 recorded the Monday before. However, Colin told ITV News that tourism alone cannot explain the spike because the South Lakes area, very popular with visitors, has got the lowest rate in Cumbria.

"We're not actually seeing a lot of transmission that we're pinning down to tourism at the moment, but obviously the virus does travel around the country with people,' added Colin.

Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria tourism told BBC Breakfast: “We’ve been encouraged to expect some fluctuations and throughout the last 18 months businesses and customers have been fantastically adept at managing situations. “It is important we all continue to be vigilant and responsible.”

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