The Government is being urged to offer extra support to tourism businesses which are being told to remain shut.
The South West Tourism Alliance says many will struggle if they have to remain closed until at least July and should get help.
Chair Alistair Handyside (pictured) believes places with large outdoor spaces should be allowed to partially reopen earlier - including pubs and country houses with large gardens - if they can safely ensure social distancing.
NEWS: @SWTourAlliance say #tourism businesses need more support from @BorisJohnson and suggest places with wide open spaces - including large pub gardens - should open before July if they can ensure #socialdistancing #coronavirus #covid19uk https://t.co/fPNCRChF0c pic.twitter.com/a93xWvObYM— The Breeze Devon (@breezedevon) May 12, 2020
The Devon Association of Tourist Attractions say members will struggle to make ends meet if they only partially reopen - when it is safe to do so - and warn the ongoing closure is affecting their wider supply chains. Past Chairman Chris Murray, who owns Pennywell Farm, says tourist attractions are under a great deal of pressure at the moment.
NEWS: @DevonTopDaysOut warn visitor attractions - which remain closed despite today's loosening of exercise restrictions - are struggling. Past chair and @PennywellFarm owner Chris Murray is also worried about the impact on the wider supply chainhttps://t.co/fPNCRChF0c pic.twitter.com/kHw0vKXJiZ— The Breeze Devon (@breezedevon) May 13, 2020
On Monday the Leader of Torbay Council suggested - when it was safe to do so in the next phase of lockdown easing - that the South West could see some restrictions lifted earlier than other areas which were harder hit by the virus. Steve Darling called on the Government to look into the idea as they consider the next steps for going forward
NEWS: Should the Westcountry, where #covid19uk infection rates are lower, have some restrictions lifted earlier? @Torbay_Council leader @cllrsdarling thinks so. #BorisSpeech #thanksboris #Devon #Torbay pic.twitter.com/Zy2oa7WmPK— The Breeze Devon (@breezedevon) May 11, 2020