It seems that caravans, campervans and tents have been causing headaches for the Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Devon police by flouting the Covid-19 rules and camping overnight. Reports of people camping near beaches and beauty spots such as Bodmin Moor have seen Cornwall Council enforce parking safety rules with 14 parking notices issued since 1 June (13 in Newquay) to motorhome users staying overnight in council car parks illegally. Police are likely to get tough on those who are believed to be defying regulations and they will be asked to return home. 

Since the middle of May, Devon and Cornwall Police have issued 57 fines for breaches of COVID-19 legislation related to overnight stays and second homes. 

Cornwall Council’s Rob Nolan said: “These rules were introduced to prevent the spread of this virus, protect our communities and relieve pressure on our NHS services, so please, enjoy our beaches and coastal paths but go home at the end of the day and if you’re a potential visitor planning a camping trip here please come back later.”

Campsites could open on 4 July.