Reactions from amusement to anger were seen after ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan said he “broke no rules” on his holiday to Cornwall.
Vaughan had posted pictures on Instagram from Fowey Hall Hotel this weekend, sparking concerns that he should not have travelled to the county due to the current restrictions.
But when asked by Cornwall Live after objections were raised, Vaughan said he was legally allowed to come from his Tier 2 Cheshire home and his holiday continued so he could help support the “great” local businesses which are suffering due to the Covid lockdown restrictions.
“I am allowed to travel so please let those who have great concerns know I am not breaking any rules,” he said. “The Fowey Hall Hotel has had 50 per cent cancellations in the last two days, so we are here supporting a great hotel.
“Let’s hope they can get through all this as it’s a real concern.
“And we are breaking no rules.”
He subsequently tweeted: “I haven’t broken any rules. I live in Tier 2 & I am allowed to travel with my family so can we stop all this nonsense please .. #OnOn“
People from Tier 2 are advised not to undertake unnecessary travel but it is not banned by law, as it is for those in Tier 4.
The reactions to Vaughan’s tweet have been mixed.
User Gaz M wrote: “We’ve become a horrible nation of busybody grasses. Crack on and enjoy Skip!”
But others like tweeter Mrs T were less sympathetic: “I don’t like to judge but pretty sure the rules do say for Tier 2 you should stay local and avoid travelling outside of your local area, meaning your village or town, or part of a city, where possible.”
Vaughan’s tweet has had more than a thousand likes, and 76 replies at the time of writing.
Other users took the side of ITV presenter Piers Morgan, with whom Vaughan disputed about Covid reporting earlier in the year.
While some compared it to Boris Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings’ infamous trip to Durham.
Some commenters were particularly angry at Vaughan’s trip to Cornwall.
Where others like Jessp71 said he was within his rights: “You really shouldn’t have to explain what you are doing in your private life end of story,” they said.
A more measured response came from user Ianto, who said: “Michael you have been quite vocal throughout the Covid period so you shouldn’t be too surprised at this.
“You probably haven’t broken any rules but probably the spirit of them. Trying to make out you went there more to support the hotel rather than for you own benefit doesn’t wash.”
The Ashes-winning cricketer turned commentator has not commented further since this Tweet.
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He had been defending his decision to holiday in Fowey after people had raised concerns when they saw his Instagram posts and stories about the holiday.