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Please don't come to Devon!

Visitors asked to stay away during crisis

These are unusual times indeed. The people normally imploring visitors to come to the south west are asking them to stay away -for the sake of everyone's health.

Tourism is one of the key engine-drivers of the region's economy, but nothing is more important right now than public safety. The appeal for visitors to stay at home - and not come to Devon even if they own a holiday home or have pre-booked holiday accommodation - is founded on government advice. Quite simply, a holiday or short-break isn't essential travel, and that's all we should be doing right now.

Salcombe mayor Nikki Turton says: "We can't really stop them coming, but we wish they were doing as we are doing; staying home, staying safe protecting our vulnerable and not putting extra strain where it's not needed."

More details in this short video report from Tamsin Melville.

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