As the first weekend in lockdown approaches, people are being urged to stay at home.

With warm weather predicted, there are fears some people will be tempted to make unnecessary trips.

Last weekend seen a significant amount of tourists and locals travelling to hotspots in the Lake District.

Temporary Chief Superintendent Rob O’Connor said: “My message is really simple, the Lake District is closed.

“Pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed, and we do not want to see people travelling to the Lakes in caravans and camper vans or driving many miles in their cars to go walking on the fells.

“The Government guidance is really clear in relation to personal movements to limit the spread of coronavirus.”

Under government restrictions, people must stay at home and only leave for the following reasons:

  • to exercise once a day – either alone or with members of your household• shopping for basic necessities, although this should be done as little as possible

  • medical need or to provide care for a vulnerable person

  • travel to or from work but only where this is absolutely necessary

Cumbria's Director of Public Health says things will continue to get worse for several weeks. In the last week, five more people have died from the virus in Cumbria, with more than 200 cases confirmed in the region.

Mr Cox said: "The whole point of these guidelines is tho save lives, by making sure that the virus is slowed down and the NHS can cope when there are more people coming into hospital. Stay at home, save lives."