Tourist towns and seaside resorts reliant on seasonal crowds are under the threat of becoming “ghost towns” as people stay at home amid the coronavirus emergency, warn councils.
Around the country, places heavily dependent on the booming holiday season are anticipating plummeting visitor numbers in the months ahead, pushing businesses and jobs to the brink.
Many would normally expect a large influx of visitors over the Easter period, but this year will be a different story altogether.
The District Councils’ Network, which represents councils for many of England’s tourist and culture locations, says councils are working with businesses on the frontline to help them get by but that more help is needed.
It is calling on the Government to support local efforts to avoid permanent scarring as a result of the lockdown, and to protect the future livelihoods of workers reliant on busy summer months.