The Lake District is closed

Officials in Cumbria have urged people to stay away from the Lake District – regardless of the new guidance on visiting national parks. From this week, people are permitted to drive any distance to take exercise, but in tourist areas, the authorities are still urging visitors to keep away, arguing that they risk spreading the virus and, with businesses closed, will bring no benefit to the local economy. Separately, data from anonymised bank transactions suggested that areas reliant on tourism were being hit particularly hard by the lockdown. In the three weeks to 28 April, transactions were down 55% in Cumbria, making it the worst affected region in the country after Oxfordshire, where the closure of the university, along with attractions such as the Bicester Village shopping complex, led to a fall of 56%. The figures only apply to British spending, not that of foreign visitors.