Second Homes: Rural Areas

Home Office written question – answered on 29th April 2020.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department is taking steps to ensure that city dwellers do not move to second homes in rural areas during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government advice makes it clear that people should stay home and avoid all but essential travel. Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People must remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 give the police the appropriate powers to ensure that the public comply with these necessary measures, including through issuing penalties.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-transport-and-travel-advice

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