Tourists urged to stay at home amid coronavirus outbreak

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar has issued a joint statement with fellow politicians urging tourists to stay home amid the Covid-19 outbreak to avoid placing “a huge burden on local NHS services and supply chains” and “putting themselves and locals at risk”.

Darren, along with  Aberconwy AM Janet Finch-Saunders and  Leader of Conwy County Borough Council, Cllr Sam Rowlands, are concerned about the influx of tourists into North Wales in recent days and are calling on them to follow the advice of experts and postpone their holidays to North Wales for the foreseeable future.

Their statement reads:     

"This week we have been inundated by constituent enquiries regarding the coronavirus pandemic. 

"It is crucial that everyone plays their part in preventing the spread of the virus by following the advice of both the UK and Welsh Governments by staying at home and avoiding unnecessary travel, but we are very concerned that some people are ignoring this advice. 

"In recent days there has been an influx of tourists into North Wales. Such an increase in the local population is placing a huge burden on local NHS services and supply chains, and putting tourists and local residents at risk.

"While we are huge supporters of the tourism and hospitality industry, our number one priority at present is to stop the spread of this virus, to protect our NHS and keep people safe. That's why we are jointly calling today for people to follow the advice of the experts by postponing their holidays to North Wales for the foreseeable future. 

"We look to the Welsh and UK Governments to issue clear guidance to tourism businesses and attractions by asking them to close their doors for the time being. 

"We look forward to welcoming people back to our area in the future and, in the meantime, will continue to support tourism and hospitality businesses in our area as they face up to the challenges ahead."