We are all looking forward to the end of this pandemic and while the 19th of July was once considered to be “Freedom Day”, rhetoric from the government has changed somewhat over the last 7 days. This change has been driven in part by the worrying increase in infections we are seeing all over the country and the consequences of people having to isolate. We have already experienced the closure of a number of business in the town due to staff having to isolate. This happend after the initial relaxing of restrictions back in May and the huge influx of visitors for half term.
The latest round of COVID guideline changes due after the 19th of July has once again left many people a little bit confused as to what is the right thing to do, especially when it comes to face coverings and masks. We are all expected to do the right thing and in an effort to remove any confusion and help us all “do the right thing” the business owners and people that work in the town are going to request that everyone carries on wearing face masks whilst shopping or moving around inside.
Being a tourist destination and coming into the height of the season anyone who lives or works in the town is coming into contact with 100’s if not 1000’s of different people from all over the country every day. In order to minimise the risk of contracting COVID and consequentially having to self-isolate or close at the most important time of year the business owners are asking everyone to carry on wearing masks.
So if you are planning to visit or stay in the town please ensure you bring a mask with you. You will be asked to put it on in order to protect yourself and others before you enter any shops, restaurants, or bars.
We do understand that for many people coming on holiday in St Ives is an opportunity to get away from it all, relax and let your hair down, but one of the most annoying things about a virus is that it doesn’t care you are on holiday and will infect you just the same. So in order to enjoy your holiday – wear a mask!