Islanders have been expressing outrage at ‘Down from London’ visitors and holidaymakers who are continuing to descend on the Isle of Wight – but now the Government has made it clear that this shouldn’t be happening.
Guidance has been issued by the Government tonight (Sunday) for people planning to visit second homes or holiday premises during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The message is simple – people should avoid travelling unless it is essential. This is a strong recommendation, but not a legal order.
Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence.
Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk, such as here on the Isle of Wight.
Earlier today it was announced that Parkdean Resorts has closed all 4 of their holiday parks on the Island. The Camping and Caravanning has also closed all of its sites.