Health bosses are calling on people holidaying in Gloucestershire this weekend to get tested before they travel and to avoid queuing after a surge in coronavirus cases linked to popular tourist destinations.

The South West is currently the English region with the highest rate of Covid 19 cases with 461 cases per 100,000.

Several of the areas are among the worst in the country and this includes places such as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Torbay, Devon, Plymouth and Somerset.

In Gloucestershire, the case rate per 100,000 people is 355.1, which is lower than most other areas in the region.

But with the August bank holiday weekend coming up, Public Health England officers are calling on tourists to take a lateral flow test before travelling.

They also recommend visitors should plan their trips and book their activities or restaurant tables in advance to avoid queuing.

Deputy Director of Health Protection at Public Health England South West Mike Wade said: “The highest rates in the region are in our most popular holiday and visitor destinations.

“And when we look at the data on settings where people report where they were and most like exposed to the infection, entertainment, hospitality and recreation settings are the most often reported.

“Our hospitality sector has worked tirelessly for our holiday makers and visitors in very challenging conditions and have been following the guidance and doing their best to keep our visitors and holiday makers safe.

“Covid-19 has not gone on holiday. With a bank holiday weekend upon us, day trippers, holidaymakers need to protect themselves and others from Covid-19.

“Visitors should take a lateral flow test before travelling and if positive should stay at home and get a PCR test.

“If visitors have symptoms they should not be travelling or visiting as a day tripper or coming on holiday.

“They need to stay home and get a PCR test and it’s important that their close contacts should also be encouraged to get a PCR test as well.

“Visitors need to plan ahead. They need to avoid queuing where possible so pre-booking to eat and for the activities they want to do is really important.

“We also want visitors to think of what they do if they became unwell while visiting.

“Would someone know how to get a PCR test. Is someone in a position to self-isolate if they are away from home? Or can they get home safely without exposing other members of the public?”

Mr Wade also encourages people to use facemasks on public transports and at indoor public places.

He also suggests people who are meeting friends should try and do so outdoors and if it is indoors to make sure it is a well ventilated room.

Mr Wade also said there will be extra pressures on health services over the weekend and reminded people to only call 999 in an emergency.

By Carmelo Garcia – Local Democracy Reporter

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