A row is brewing over whether Cornwall should be reopening for tourism in early July.
While it has yet to be officially confirmed, it is widely anticipated that lockdown measures will be relaxed further, with hospitality businesses, including hotels, holiday parks and restaurants, allowed to open from July 4.
But while the Cornish tourism industry focuses on reopening, there are those who think it is too early. Cornwall Council economy portfolio holder, Tim Dwelly, fears that a big influx of visitors would bring a significant risk of a second spike of coronavirus to the Duchy.
Instead, there are calls for Government to extend its furlough scheme to Cornish hospitality businesses through to 2021.
However, others insist that it is vital that Cornwall should be allowed to reopen at the same time as the rest of the country and delaying it would be a huge mistake.
TV’s Hotel Inspector and owner of the Tresanton in St Mawes, Alex Polizzi, told the BBC: “Cornwall has, relatively, a very short season, and business owners up and down the county absolutely depend on those months to put some money in the coffers to see them through the winter. I think it shows a shocking lack of understanding of how tenuous some businesses are to think that we can just write off the summer season and hope we can survive through the winter.”