The impact of coronavirus on Cumbria tourism

The outbreak of coronavirus has had an impact on businesses and attractions in the region, says Cumbria Tourism.

More than 60% are significantly down on bookings both in the short term and for the summer, and some have taken the decision to close entirely.

It comes as the Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged members of the public to avoid bars and clubs and limit all but essential socialising.

83%

of tourism businesses in Cumbria now report an impact of coronavirus

64%

are reporting this impact as either a ‘medium’ or ‘major negative’ impact

85%

of tourism businesses have had cancellations or reduced booking levels for April.

  • Figures from Cumbria Tourism.

Vintage Car Rally, Honister Pass. Credit: PA

Many Cumbrian businesses have joined calls for more to support for the hospitality industry. The Government has made £350b available to help businesses, mainly through loans, but many say it doesn't go far enough.

Jamie Shail, from the recently refurbished Rothay Manor Hotel, said: "In the last 48 hours we've had in excess of £30,000 worth of bookings cancelled and that's just for the next 10 days.

"Going forwards our percentages now we should be looking at above 50% for the Summer and we are down at 10% or 12% occupancy so it's fairly horrible."

Chris Hodgson from Haven Cottage BnB says he has been forced to close after more than 50 bookings were cancelled over two days. He says it's been a "huge financial impact" for him and his business.

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