Staying at home: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Lake District

At this time, Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District National Park Authority are urging visitors not to visit the Lake District, despite the change in lockdown rules on exercise which come into force on 13 May 2020.

Cumbria and the Lake District have sadly experienced some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the UK, and there are many anxieties related to this (e.g. the Lake District National Park Authority has expressed concern for the welfare of Mountain Rescue Team members, volunteers who often work for front line services).

I am also deeply concerned about the welfare of visitors, with many local walks containing ‘bottle necks’ such as stiles, gates and narrow walled paths, which will not allow for social distancing.

All visitor attractions, cafes and non-essential shops are currently closed in line with government rules.

For guidance and official advice on visiting the Lake District during this difficult time, please take a look at the websites of the Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria Tourism.


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