Coronavirus in Cumbria and the Lake District

Coronavirus in Cumbria, as with the whole of the UK, is now swiftly moving to the same crisis point that is currently being experienced in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Greece etc.

The Lake District and Cumbria is closed to visitors.

Please respect Cumbria Police, Government and Cumbria Tourism advice not to visit the Lake District & Cumbria during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.
All events have been cancelled across the Lake District and Cumbria. Visitor attractions, restaurants, pubs, leisure facilities, spas etc in the Lake District and Cumbria have closed.
Non essential shops and businesses have closed. A national lock down has been imposed by the Government, which also applies to the whole of Cumbria, including the fells.
See Keswick Market Square on our live stream webcam.


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 group / family at all times.

Coronavirus advice for visitors

Sadly we now need to ask visitors to ‘come back and see us later’. The Lake District’s tourism industry will suffer badly, and we will miss you, but the safety of the nation must come first.
But for now you can virtually visit the Lake District through the 50+ webcams located across Cumbria on this page.
However, at a later date we will be urging people to “Support the Nation – Book a Staycation”.

When we have come through the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis the travel industry in mainland Europe will still be in chaos for some time.
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’. And please respect this is window shopping only. Do not book or visit the Lake District.

Window shopping

Cumbria Police asks visitors to stay away

On the 21st of March Cumbria Police urged potential tourists not to travel to the Lake District and said that during the coronavirus outbreak in Cumbria “the Lake District is no longer conducting business as usual”, and that “now is not the time for tourism”.
Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Slattery said,
“Whilst we are looking at all measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, I must urge people living outside the county not to visit. A national emergency shut-down of businesses and schools is not an excuse for a holiday”.


Independent shops and volunteers

We are hoping to add to this page 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.
We are currently collating this information – if you are offering a service please email us at


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.
On the 21st of March 2020 the Government website was reporting 57 cases of coronavirus in Cumbria. We will not be tracking numbers of cases after this date.

School closures due to coronavirus in Cumbria

All schools in Cumbria closed on Friday the 19th of March, although some are staying open for children of essential workers only.

NHS Cumbria coronavirus advice

The symptoms of (COVID-19) coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

    • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

You can find the latest information and advice on COVID-19 coronavirus from Public Health England at

Event cancellations

To see event updates please check our What’s On in Cumbria pages.
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