Police in Cornwall have appealed to celebrities to lead by example and not visit their second homes during the national lockdown.
It comes after several stars were slammed by locals in the first national lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic after they flocked to stay at their second homes in the countryside rather than remaining in their main residences.
Chef Gordon Ramsay and his family were among those who came under fire after spending the first lockdown in Cornwall, which has led to the warning from local police.
Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said in a statement: ‘This new strain of Covid-19 is spreading much faster and we must do everything we can to protect our residents and the NHS.
‘I would particularly like to appeal to celebrities and high profile social media stars. By not conducting unnecessary trips to the region you will be setting a fantastic example to the wider public and, in doing so, encouraging more people to stick to the rules.
‘I would urge you to lead by example and together we will come through this.
‘There will, of course, come a time when Devon and Cornwall can welcome back visitors with open arms, and while that time isn’t now, I would urge you all to #ComeBackLater.’
She added: ‘We know Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are absolutely beautiful and it’s totally understandable that people would want to spend time here – our thriving tourism industry is evidence of that.
‘However, at a time when stopping the spread of this terrible virus is more important than ever, I must urge people not to make unnecessary journeys to the region.’
Gordon and his family had travelled almost 250 miles in May to spend lockdown at their £4million house by the seaside instead of in London at a time when people could be fined for non-essential travel.