Coronavirus in Cumbria and the Lake District

Daily updates of reported cases of coronavirus in Cumbria and the Lake District and weekly updates on deaths with coronavirus.
Including advice to visitors on current covid restrictions and looking back to how the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic unfolded in this large rural county in the far north west of England.

The Lake District & Cumbria in Tier Two

Cumbria moved to Tier Two on the 2nd of December 2020.
This means that holiday accommodation can reopen. More details on conditions and reopening of visitor facilities will be added later.

Total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cumbria

There were 69 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cumbria reported on the 2nd of December, up from the previous day’s 38 new cases.
The rate per 100,000 population in Cumbria, for the 7 days up to 27th November, was 80.6. This is the latest figure available on the government website.

Coronavirus cases by lower tier local authority

Total number of people with at least one lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result since the start of the pandemic. Up to 2nd of December 2020.
Figures in brackets show the number of new coronavirus cases reported on the 2nd of December 2020.

  • Eden – Penrith, Eden Valley & Pennines – 914 (6 new cases)
  • Copeland – Whitehaven, West Lakes & West Cumbria – 1,189 (7 new cases)
  • Allerdale – Keswick, North Lake District & West Cumbria – 1,452 (11 new cases)
  • Barrow-in-Furness – Furness Peninsular – 1,991 (12 new cases)
  • South Lakeland – Windermere, South Lake District & South Cumbria – 2,137 (17 new cases)
  • Carlisle – Carlisle City, North Cumbria – 2,652 (16 new cases)

This page is updated daily. Please check here for the date of the latest page edit: 3rd December 2020.
The below figures show how the different boroughs have increased or decreased the average number of new cases daily this week.
We compare the running average daily number of new cases of COVID-19 in the the week from 1st to 7th of December to the average for the week 24th to 30th November (dates are inclusive). Today is day two of seven.

  • Copeland decreased from 5.57 to 4.5 (8.1)
  • Eden increased from 3.71 to 4.5 (6.4)
  • Allerdale decreased from 11.42 to 7 (9.8)
  • Carlisle decreased from 15.14 to 10.5 (13)
  • Barrow-in-Furness increased from 8.14 to 10.5 (27.75)
  • South Lakeland increased from 10.85 to 16.5 (20.6)

Figures in brackets show the average number of new cases daily at the start of the three tier system in England, in the week from 6th to 12th October 2020.
In that October week all of the Lake District and Cumbria was in Tier One, but the number of new cases was increasing.

Rate per 100,000 population in Cumbrian boroughs

The rate of new reported coronavirus cases per 100,000 population for the seven days up to the 27th November. These are the latest figures available on the government website.

  • Eden – 52.6
  • Copeland – 58.7
  • Barrow-in-Furness – 73.1
  • Allerdale – 82.9
  • South Lakeland – 85.6
  • Carlisle – 105.8

Deaths in Cumbria within 28 days of positive COVID-19 test

Total number of deaths in Cumbria since the start of the pandemic of people who had had a positive test result for COVID-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test. Updated 30th November 2020.
Across the whole of Cumbria there were 25 deaths with COVID-19 reported on the death certificate in the 7 day period ending 30th November 2020. There were 29 deaths the previous week, and 23 the week before that. Figures in brackets show deaths in the w/e 30/11/2020.

  • Eden – 46 (2)
  • Copeland – 76 (5)
  • Barrow-in-Furness – 99 (7)
  • Allerdale – 88 (3)
  • South Lakeland – 121 (5)
  • Carlisle – 120 (3)

We would like to convey our sincere condolences to all who have lost loved ones in this pandemic.

Cumbrian boroughs – population statistics

Cumbrian boroughs population statistics

Visit the Lake District virtually online

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.

Support the UK > Staycation 2021

We are delighted to now be able to welcome our visitors back to the Lake District and Cumbria for Christmas and 2021 holidays and short breaks.

Lake District holiday parks, lodges, glamping sites and holiday cottages saw a 300% increase in demand for short breaks and holidays in October 2020, compared to the same time last year. In particular holiday cottages with Hot Tubs were very popular for autumn breaks.


When the Chancellor announced coronavirus furlough and grant schemes for the tourism industry on the 23rd of March 2020 it all sounded very impressive. In reality many, many independent tourism providers were left without any financial assistance or any income for months.
Many Activity Providers are mobile operators, as well as being small limited companies, both of which fell outside Government funding. Quite a number of Glamping providers also fell though the net. Please bear this in mind when planning your 2021 Lake District staycation.
See – Why choose a Lake District Staycation?


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


History of coronavirus in the Lake District & Cumbria

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 the Lake District, Cumbria and the UK
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus in Cumbria was reported on the 4th of March 2020. Three days later came the first reports of cases of coronavirus in the Lake District.
All schools in the Lake District and Cumbria closed on Friday the 19th of March, although some stayed open for children of essential workers only.
By the 16th April 2020 at least 1,345 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, and over 200 deaths, were reported in Cumbria.
Lake District National Park signs were covered over at the height of 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 and the Lake District, including the high places.
During the coronavirus lockdown in Cumbria laybys and forest trails were 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

The Lake District and Cumbria opened to day 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 were still 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, Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District National Park authorities 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 did not happened, the Lakes District and Cumbria remained calm, and we thanked visitors and Cumbrians alike who had maintained a much more careful easing of the covid-19 lockdown than that allowed by the government.

4th July 2020, further easing of covid restrictions

Keswick Market 8th August 2020
image of Keswick Market on the 8th of August after the Lake District coronavirus lockdown

  • People could now enjoy staycations in England as holiday accommodation reopened on the 4th July
  • Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers opened
  • Two households could meet up in any setting with social distancing measures
  • Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions reopened – outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres
  • Where it was not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance allowed people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’

In June 2020, as news of the upcoming relaxiation of the rules emerged, accommodation bookings in the Lake District started to trickle in. On the 4th of July they exploded.
The pent up demand for staycations was huge as holidaymakers realised that foreign holidays were liable to cancelation at any moment, and opted instead for more traditional English family holidays.

The October Tiers

Boris Johnson announced the new local tier system on October 12th 2020. These measures came into force on October 14th. All of the Lake District and Cumbria were placed in Tier One.
On Thursday 15th October 2020 Barrow-in-Furness, in the far south west of Cumbria moved into High Alert Tier Two. It was joined by Carlisle on the 29th of October.

Lockdown 2

The Lake District was very successful in managing to remain in Tier One and so stay open during October. Sadly we went into National lockdown along with the rest of England on the 5th November 2020. This effectively closed the Lake District and Cumbria to overnight visitors and day trippers.
National restrictions applied throughout the whole of Cumbria. Holiday accommodation, pubs, restaurants, visitor attractions and non essential shops were among visitor facilities closed. Unlike lockdown 1, schools and colleges remained open.

Back to the Tiers

On December 2nd lockdown 2 was lifted as England returned to a three tier system. The Lake District & Cumbria was placed in Tier Two.

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

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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