Tourists flocking to holiday spots put everyone at risk
A Plaid Cymru AM has appealed to visitors to think again before coming to Wales during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM, said the crowds that have been witnessed in places like Llangollen, Barmouth, Snowdon and Ynys Môn today seemed oblivious to the advice to stay at home and to minimise physical contact.
He said: “I know this is an incredibly difficult time for people in so many ways. Many will have children to care for unexpectedly, many will have lost their jobs or be fearful of this happening. Many will be unable to spend Mothers’ Day with their own mothers due to the risk this virus poses to the elderly.
“But to hear news that people have been flocking to popular holiday spots and behaving as if nothing has happened is absolutely frightening. This blasé attitude is what’s spreading this virus and putting people’s lives at risk.
“The numbers of people who are choosing to leave cities and self-isolate in cottages or caravans across the region is also very worrying. Despite their best efforts, the danger is that they will end up spreading the disease and causing real problems in many rural parts of Wales.
“The facts are that the NHS in Wales is up against it at the best of times. These are the worst of times for over-stretched NHS workers. Trying to deal with additional people who may be infected and who may spread the disease further among our elderly and vulnerable is bordering on the criminal.
“I would urge anyone considering a visit to Wales to think again while this pandemic is developing. We’ll welcome you back when times are better but please don’t come here while the problem is unfolding. How would you feel if you knew you had contributed to the spread of the virus and ignored official advice not to travel unnecessarily?”
He added that holiday let companies and caravan parks also had a duty of care to the local population.
Mr Gruffydd added: “I know holiday businesses will have been gearing up for the Easter after a difficult winter. But all businesses in the hospitality industry have taken a huge hit in the past few days – pubs, restaurants and cafés have all had to close and have responded responsibly to this unique situation.
“I would hope holiday accommodation business owners would take the same responsible attitude to protect our elderly and vulnerable. Please close your accommodation. How would you feel if you found out that the spread of the virus in our area came from your accommodation or caravan site?”