Police chief asks people to 'wait a little longer' before returning to Devon and Cornwall

There are concerns people will flock from outside Devon and Cornwall now restrictions have been eased. Credit: ITV West Country

People who want to travel to Devon and Cornwall following the easing of lockdown restrictions have been asked to "wait a little longer".

The Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Shaun Sawyer, has asked people from outside the force area to continue staying away while the pandemic continues.

It follows [Boris Johnson's announcement](http://What you can and can) that people living in England can travel unlimited distances to exercise outside.

This has caused concern among council leaders and tourism bosses in the West Country, who fear an influx of visitors could impact public health.

The police chief said residents in Devon and Cornwall have also expressed worry - saying they would prefer visitors to remain in their local areas.

My message to those people considering travel into the force area would be that we would love to welcome you back, but ask that you wait just a little longer. Cafés and restaurants remain closed, there are a lack of open facilities and we do not have lifeguards on all our beaches. There has been a national collective effort to protect all communities and we need this national effort to continue for a little bit longer. For residents of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, we want you to be able to enjoy the extra independence you have been given in relation to exercise and open air recreation, but we want you to do so safely. It’s important that we all remember that our actions count and can affect others.

Shaun Sawyer, Chief Constable, Devon and Cornwall Police

Mr Sawyer added the easing of lockdown is "challenging" in terms of policing, but the force will continue to "positively engage" with the public.

The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, Andy Marsh, echoed the same thoughts when he spoke to ITV West Country on Wednesday 13 May, when restrictions were first eased.

The latest amendments means that we have no role in enforcing social distancing, wearing of masks or distance of travel as the Government have made it clear that there is no longer restrictions on how far people can travel to exercise or for open air recreation.

Shaun Sawyer, Chief Constable, Devon and Cornwall Police

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