Cornwall Holiday Park boss asks guests to clean toilet for FREE due to staff isolation

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The boss of a popular holiday park in Cornwall has asked customers to clean the toilets for free as ‘healthy staff’ are forced to self-isolate after being cracked by the NHS app.

The bizarre request for unpaid toilet cleaners during the Mother Ivey’s Bay vacation sparked dozens of complaints, with many vacationers calling the request “outrageous.”

But park superintendent Patrick Langmaid says he’s “desperate and fearful” because “healthy staff” have to self-isolate in the 15-acre park.

Under current rules, people are told to self-isolate even if they are negative for the coronavirus and have already received both vaccines.

The latest statistics from the NHS show that the NHS app issued more than 350,000 alerts in the last week of June, 60% more than the week before.

Patrick Langmaid, director of Mother Ivey’s Bay holiday park, asked guests to clean toilets for free as ‘healthy staff’ are forced to self-isolate after being cracked by the NHS app

Holidaymakers at the park (pictured), overlooking Trevose Head Beach near Padstow, received the bizarre request via email

Holidaymakers at the park (pictured), overlooking Trevose Head Beach near Padstow, received the bizarre request via email

The growing number of people forced into self-quarantine has raised concerns that it will create a lockdown “stealthily” even after the country officially ended restrictions on July 19.

The rules could change after “Freedom Day” next week if the government’s advice on double hits and isolation rules are reconsidered.

Holidaymakers at the park, overlooking Trevose Head Beach near Padstow, received an email asking if they would be willing to give up some of their vacation time to clean the park’s toilet blocks.

Mr Langmaid wrote in the email that the park was dangerously close to closing its toilet blocks and canceling vacations “because healthy staff who tested negative are nevertheless required by law to self-isolate after a ping from the NHS “.

He said: “With your help, toilet blocks could be kept open and touring vacations saved.

“The critical period will be between now and the end of August. We believe that by September the law will have been amended to allow healthy staff with negative tests to continue working.

“I understand that this is a very big request, and a lot of you won’t be able to help, or will not want to help, and of course that’s great.

“These are desperate times though and we are exploring all of our options, so we know which way we need to jump if too many of our team members are ‘nuts’ leaving us unable to keep washrooms clean and guests safe.

“Please be assured that if we are forced to cancel a vacation, we will issue full refunds, without changing dates.

Mr Langmaid wrote in the email that the park was on the verge of closing its toilet blocks and canceling restaurant vacations.

Mr Langmaid wrote in the email that the park was on the verge of closing its toilet blocks and canceling restaurant vacations.

The holiday park said the plea was

The holiday park said the plea was “enjoyed by the majority of the guests”, but dozens more complained

“We are sending this email to test the water, and look forward to hearing from any touring guests who can help us clean the toilet blocks in July and August.”

Mr Langmaid apologized to anyone offended by his email, but said he was “anxious” and “desperate” for help.

The holiday park boss said his plea was “appreciated by the majority of the guests” but he was contacted by “a few dozen” angry and upset visitors.

A guest who received the email said she thought the request was “outrageous.”

Mr Langmaid said: “I am only testing the water, but this is how desperate, fearful and anxious I am about the current situation.

“It would affect those who are camping or whose caravans do not have modern toilets.

“About 25 private caravan owners, who would not be affected, told me they would join in and help clean the toilets when they are out of order in order to save other people’s vacations.”

Mr Langmaid made headlines last year when he decided to close his park, which has sites for touring and static caravans, ten days before the official government date.

He is concerned about the effects on businesses of healthy staff having to self-isolate.

Mr Langmaid made headlines last year when he decided to lock down his park, which has locations for touring and static trailers, ten days before the official government date.

Mr Langmaid made headlines last year when he decided to lock down his park, which has locations for touring and static trailers, ten days before the official government date.

“My main concern is the safety of my guests and staff, so if we can’t keep the toilet blocks clean, we’ll cancel people’s vacations, which is the last thing I want to do,” he said. he declares.

He said two of his 26 employees are currently self-isolating and that if others are “pinched” by the track and trace app, it will seriously affect the park’s ability to keep washrooms clean.

“In my opinion, if the staff are pinged and an initial PCR test is negative then they should have daily lateral flow tests and if these are also negative they should be allowed to work.

“People should be allowed to test and release, and not be trapped in self-isolation.

“But I wouldn’t want to be the company that forces staff to work if they’ve been nuts.”

He feared that the Prime Minister “will crush the resumption of business if he does not resolve our ping and our self-isolation.”

He has now consulted his lawyers to see if he can put in place a system for healthy staff to work if tested following a follow-up and traceability alert.

“What really breaks my heart is that maybe I should cancel people’s vacations and I don’t want to.

“People are hungry for vacations… their emotional well-being is spending time with family.

“How absurd if I have to cancel people’s tent vacations where they will be outdoors and in the safest place.”

Mother Ivey’s Bay takes its name from the legend of Mother Ivy who was a white witch who cursed a local family.

The 15-acre vacation park, which dates from the 1930s, has beach access and has an on-site boutique and other facilities.



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