Coronavirus in Cumbria and the Lake District

While the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Cumbria & the Lake District has remained fairly steady this summer, the number of new cases is now rising despite the shortage of tests available.
The total number of new cases of coronavirus in Cumbria doubled in the last eight days (up to 28th September) with 222 new cases compared to 111 new cases in the previous week.
The number of new cases of COVID-19 rose sharply in all boroughs except Eden, which saw a slight decline in new cases.
Cumbria and the Lake District are NOT affected by the tightening of restrictions in southern parts of the north west of England. Those urban areas are parts of Greater Manchester, much of Lancashire, Preston and parts of West Yorkshire, all outside Cumbria’s country boundaries.

Total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Cumbria

Total number of people with at least one lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result since the start of the pandemic. Up to 28th September 2020. By lower tier local authority.
Figures in brackets show new coronavirus cases in the eight days from 20th to 28th September 2020.

  • Eden – Penrith, Eden Valley & Pennines – 252 (10 new cases)
  • Copeland – Whitehaven, West Lakes & West Cumbria – 418 (22 new cases)
  • Allerdale – Keswick, North Lake District & West Cumbria – 480 (37 new cases)
  • Barrow-in-Furness – Furness Peninsular – 752 (64 new cases)
  • South Lakeland – Windermere, South Lake District, Kendal & Yorkshire Dales in Cumbria – 712 (39 new cases)
  • Carlisle – Carlisle City, North Cumbria – 883 (50 new cases)

Deaths within 28 days of positive COVID-19 test

Total number of deaths 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 6th September 2020. Latest figures not yet available.

  • Eden – 34
  • Allerdale – 74
  • Copeland – 52
  • South Lakeland – 85
  • Carlisle – 102
  • Barrow-in-Furness – 54

The Lake District reopens after coronavirus lockdown

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


We are delighted to welcome our visitors back to the Lake District and Cumbria. Please support the UK economy and health by booking a staycation in the UK.
See – Why choose a Lake District Staycation?

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Lake District holiday parks, lodges, caravan and camping sites, glamping sites and holiday cottages saw over 300% increase in bookings for short breaks and holidays starting from the 4th July 2020, compared to the same time last year.
In particular, holiday cottages with Hot Tubs saw a 500% increase in demand, compared to last year, since the Prime Minister’s statement on the 23rd of June.
Lack of availability became a problem this summer due to increased demand for staycations coupled with reduced occupancy in some Lake District holiday accommodation owing to the 1 metre+ distancing rule.
Although many autumn events are cancelled owing to the coronavirus pandemic there are plenty of outdoor activities available to take part in in the Lake District. See our What’s On pages for details of fun things to do during your day out in the Lakes. More events of all categories will be added to these pages as the Lakes reopens for business.
Image courtesy of Mobile Adventures
image of two people ghyll scrambling in the Lake District as it reopens after coronavirus lockdown

When the Chancellor announced coronavirus furlough and grant schemes for the tourism industry on the 23rd of March it all sounded very impressive. In reality many, many independent tourism providers have been 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 staycation.

Coronavirus advice for visitors to the Lake District

We strongly advise that you check with any visitor attraction, or any other kind of business, before you make a special journey. The visitor industry in the whole of the UK is affected by the pandemic and restrictions are liable to change (for better or worse) on a daily basis. We are trying to keep up with the changes but in the meantime we recommend that if you cannot contact the business and their website is down, make other plans.

  • Please 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 to park safely and considerately and avoid the more popular destinations.
  • Respect the risk
  • Cumbria continues to record new cases of the covid-19 coronavirus 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.
  • Wash your hands regularly.


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.

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.

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

  • People could now enjoy staycations in England as 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’

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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

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.”