Cornwall Council have released a video urging people to stay home this half-term, after Britain’s Got Talent TV star Amanda Holden drove over 200 miles from London to Cornwall in lockdown.
The video, posted on the council’s social media earlier today (watch the video below), shows Natasha, Kamal and Richard from Cornwall’s public health team explaining what they would usually be doing during the half-term break.
But they emphasised that this year, they’d be staying home due to the national lockdown and would be “sticking to the rules”.
This comes after Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden drove more than 200 miles to the county in order to visit her parents despite the Covid-19 restrictions, after receiving a ‘distressing’ phone call from her step-father Leslie, 75.
The 49-year-old drove from her home in Richmond upon Thames to Cornwall to see both Leslie and her mum Judith, 71, on Friday.
Cornwall Council posted the video earlier today, along with a post reading: “Covid-19 cases are continuing to fall in Cornwall, but we still everyone to stick to the rules this half-term.
“We know it’s tough. We know there are things you’d rather be doing right now.
“But this won’t last forever.
“As Natasha, Kamal and Richard from our public health team say – together we can beat Covid!”
In the video, one of the team says: “We have a ten year old son and usually at half term we like to get away and do something and get out and about. But instead this year I’ll be staying at home because we’re in lockdown.
“Together we can beat Covid in Cornwall”.
Watch the video below.
Amanda has said that she’s devastated that she had to do what she did, however her representative explained that it had been an emergency and that the star takes Covid-19 rules very seriously.
He told the Mirror: “Amanda is aware that all families are going through difficulty during these turbulent times but received a distressing telephone call from her elderly father on Friday afternoon.
“On balance Amanda felt the round-trip to Cornwall was necessary to contain the matter at her family home.
“The very personal situation has now been aided and Amanda is back in London.”
He added: “Amanda did not act on a whim and has adhered to Covid rules every step of the way in all three lockdowns.
“Amanda is aware of the travel rules and is devastated she had to break them on this one occasion.
“Her parents are vaccinated and with Amanda testing for Covid weekly (and is negative), she felt she was not putting her parents at risk. She did not come in contact with any member of the public.”
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