Locals in Cornwall have been left too afraid to go shopping after towns across the county became swamped with staycation visitors – it's even been branded "Benidorm on steroids".

Parks and campsites in the county have become fully booked as Brits opt to holiday at home as the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis continues to make traveling abroad risky.

This also comes as air bridges have started to be revoked amid spikes in cases in Europe.

But locals have grown concerned as social distancing has proven to be difficult in the narrow streets of some centuries old towns and villages.

While beaches were packed on Friday as temperatures near 38C – with the fourth hottest day on record listed at Heathrow Airport ahead of the weekend.

Locals in Cornwall are growing anxious over the large number of visitors flocking to towns and beaches

A Cornish resident told BBC Radio 1 on Saturday morning their streets resembled “Benidorm on steroids” following a flood of visitors to the area.

While the MailOnline quotes a 37-year-old local named Claire Harris as being “too scared to go food shopping”.

A local in Wadebridge is also quoted saying: “My shielding is paused from today but I'm too scared to go out.

A full car park at Fistral beach in Cornwall

“Tried walking into town a couple of times but no social distancing at all. I was constantly doubling back, leaping out of the way and panicking just to keep my distance from the hoards. It's horrifying.”

The concerns follow a change in the stance of the Government on lockdown as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday he was applying the “brake pedal” in relation to measures easing.

Plans to open bowling alleys and ice rinks and to permit weddings of up to 30 people were among the measures changed from August 1 to August 15.

Some locals have become too afraid to go food shopping as social distancing has become tricky

The change in measures was made after a spike in cases of positive coronavirus cases were recorded in recent weeks.

The Office for National Statistics has estimating there were 4,200 new infections every day by the end of July, up from 2,000 per day at the end of June – prompting the Government to announce police will be clamping down on social distancing.

Mr Johnson said “most people in this country are following the rules” but added the Government is looking to “work with the police and others to ensure the rules which are already in place are properly enforced”.