Coronavirus in Cumbria and the Lake District

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cumbria is remaining fairly steady, with 2,161 cases confirmed on the 22nd of May, slightly up from 2,153.
 
Barrow-in-Furness, a remote town on the extreme west of the Furness Peninsular, has been extremely badly affected, which affects Cumbria’s statistics overall, with the highest number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 head of population in the UK.
 
South Lakeland has far less COVID-19 cases than Barrow, but still considerably more cases per 100,000 than the North Lakes area.

The Lake District and Cumbria is closed to overnight visitors

On the 10th of May 2020 the Government announced easing of the coronavirus lockdown, allowing people to travel to the National Parks for day trips. Overnight stays in the Lake District & Cumbria are strictly forbidden, including sleeping in camper vans and camping in tents.
 
Tourist boards, National Park authorities and local police forces in tourist areas across the UK had little or no warning and reacted with shock. Cumbria Police and Cumbria Tourism asked visitors to continue avoiding the Lake District & Cumbria during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.
 
Some social media groups, prompted in part by malicious trolling, expected a massive influx of visitors to the Lake District and reacted with fear and anger.
 
This massive influx has not happened, the Lakes District and Cumbria are very quiet, and we thank visitors and Cumbrians alike who have maintained a much more careful easing of the covid-19 lockdown than that allowed by the government.
 
Easter Bank Holiday Monday in the centre of Keswick, heart of the North Lakes
image of an empty Keswick Market Square during the 2020 covid-19 coronavirus crisis in Cumbria and the UK
There are times when common sense must take precedence over what we are “allowed” to do, and it seems that common sense is strong in our visitors and locals.
 
See Keswick Market Square on our live stream webcam.

 
You can also virtually visit the Lake District through the 50+ webcams located across Cumbria on this page.

Coronavirus advice for day visitors to the Lake District

Please respect our local communities

  • Be considerate and don’t do things that increase the risk or cause problems for local people, particularly the vulnerable: avoid using paths through farmers’ yards; keep your dog on a lead and take your litter home.
  • Plan ahead and avoid busy places: use saferlakes.co.uk to park safely and considerately and avoid the more popular destinations.
  • Bring your own food and drink to avoid pressure on local shops.
  • Consider the lack of toilet and washing facilities and don’t behave in an anti-social manner.
  • Respect the risk
     

  • Cumbria continues to record new cases of the virus every day and the threat has not gone away
  • Don’t take risks on the fells, on the water or on the roads. Stay within the limits of your ability and equipment at all times.
  • If you get into trouble help may take longer to arrive and you will put unnecessary additional pressure on local health and emergency workers as well as volunteer mountain rescue and coastal rescue services.
  • Respect the rules
     

  • Observe all the Government’s social distancing rules.
  • No overnight stays, no camping, no visiting second homes.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Wash your hands regularly.

STAY SAFE – PROTECT THE UK – STAYCATION

When we have come through the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis travel to Europe will be very uncertain for some considerable time. Please keep the UK safe by booking a staycation in the UK.
 
We are absolutely appalled that some newspaper columnists are suggesting that people can defy the government restrictions by returning from foreign holidays via the Republic of Ireland in order to evade quarantine.
 
If you are considering doing this please search your conscience, you are risking other peoples lives. There is also no guarantee that the UK or Ireland will not take action to block this ruse and you could lose your holiday altogether or still face 14 days quarantine, having had to pay for extra flights.
 
It will be so good to see you back for your next holiday or short break in the Lake District but, for now, cheer yourself up with some quality ‘window shopping’. We cannot quite yet say for sure when the Lake District will re-open but for now have fun planning your visit.

Start planning your visit

 
Lake District National Park signs are covered over during the coronavirus crisis
image of a sign urging visitors to stay home, save lives, protect the NHS covering the Lake District National Park sign at the entrance to the park during the covid-19 coronavirus crisis in Cumbria April 2020
The national lock down imposed by the Government also applied to the whole of Cumbria, including the high places.
 
Some laybys and forest trails are still closed off with cones or branches, even on small back roads.
image of closed laybys and trails in the Lake District during the 2020 covid-19 coronavirus in cumbria and the lake district crisis

Reminder

Please keep a respectful distance from others in public spaces.
 
It is NOT OK to intrude on other peoples personal space. Please keep AT LEAST 2 metres between you and others that are not of your coronavirus lockdown group / family at all times – even if you think you have had the virus and are immune.
 

Coronavirus support in Cumbria

We are compiling a list of independent shops that are delivering to homes and a list of volunteer organisations that will help with shopping etc for self isolated people. Please see our coronavirus crisis support in Cumbria page.
 
We are currently collating this information – if you are offering a service please email us at vanessa@visitcumbria.com.

 

History of coronavirus in Cumbria

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus in Cumbria was reported on the 4th of March 2020. Three days later the first cases of coronavirus were reported in the Lake District.
 
By the 16th April 2020 at least 1,345 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, and over 200 deaths, were reported in Cumbria.
 

School closures due to coronavirus in Cumbria

All schools in Cumbria closed on Friday the 19th of March, although some stayed open for children of essential workers only. Currently schools in Cumbria are unsure of when they can re-open safely.
 

NHS Cumbria coronavirus advice

The main symptoms of (COVID-19) coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
 

You can find the latest information and advice on COVID-19 coronavirus from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
 

Event cancellations

All upcoming spring events are cancelled or postponed, the status of some summer events is currently unknown, but they are very unlikely to proceed.
 
Related links:
 
Cumbria County Council advice

Coronavirus safety – how to wash hands thoroughly

image of an NHS poster for advice for safety during the 2020 outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus in Cumbria and the Lake District
 
And, finally, in the words of the wonderful Captain Tom:
 
“You’ve all got to remember that we will get through it in the end, it will all be right. For all those people finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away.”

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