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Police remind tourists to stay away from the Lake District this Easter

Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police are reminding people to stay away from the Lake District this Easter weekend to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

It comes after pulling over a family of six who had travelled from Leigh, in Lancashire, to Windermere for a day trip.

The police stopped the car and advised the driver and passengers to turn around and go back home.

A camper van with people from Devon was also stopped in the county.

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The force say they are policing all routes and are urging the public to support the NHS and all emergency services personnel this Bank Holiday – by staying home.

Cumbria Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Michelle Skeer, said: “The Government has asked us, the public, to make substantial changes to the way we live our lives and in Cumbria, with few exceptions, this message has been heeded and followed.

“However, all of the effort people have demonstrated so far could be undone if the measures put in place to save lives and protect the NHS are ignored this Bank Holiday weekend.

“The message has gone out loud and clear from Cumbria that this is not a time for tourists to be travelling to the county. My officers will be on patrol, in all areas across the county, particularly in the traditional popular areas and gathering spots.

Where they come across people travelling from other areas to spend the Bank Holiday in Cumbria, or people not following the social distancing guidelines, they will engage with them, explain the guidance and encourage people to go home, only as a last resort where reason fails, enforcement action will be taken.

“To local people, I urge you to continue to stay home to save lives. Continue to follow the guidance, only leave your home if it is essential and when exercising, please use common sense in deciding how far from home it is necessary to travel.

“The purpose of the restrictions is to save the lives of people in our community and to save the lives of medical professionals caring for those in our local hospitals.

“We, and our partners, are supporting the multi agency response in the county to ensure that we are ready and can respond to how the virus impacts on our local communities in Cumbria.

"I’d like to thank everyone for their commitment, dedication and work to ensure we are prepared.“We are grateful for all the public support that we have been given in recent weeks – these really are challenging times and as a community we are all doing our bit.

“The greatest support you can give those who continue to keep you safe, and particularly the NHS, is to stay at home.”

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