Concerns of a ‘leper’ effect have emerged today after tourist destinations said they would turn away visitors from Leicester.
Pentewan Sands holiday park near St Austell, Cornwall, said on Facebook it was no longer open to visitors from the East Midlands city.
There have also been concerns in destinations near Leicester, with health officials in Skegness saying they are worried about the prospect of visitors ‘travelling from an area with a higher rate of infection than ours’.
While the rest of Britain will see pubs, hotels and campsites reopening this weekend, Leicester has been told to go the other way. Schools must close, along with non-essential shops and people are being told to stay at home.
Many residents say they now find themselves branded as outcasts.
‘We’re like the Leicester lepers,’ local child-protection worker, Tracy Jebbet, told Radio Leicester as she revealed her upcoming holiday to Cornwall had just been cancelled.
The management of her St Austell campsite – Pentewan Sands – have announced a ban on all bookings from Leicester and have told her she cannot go.
Ms Jebbet, from West Knighton, said her had been due to travel on 11 July but now do not know when they will be able to re-book.
The 50-year-old told the BBC: ‘We have not had an email from the park and can’t get hold of them.
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