Cornwall isn’t the only tourism hotspot to ask visitors to take a pre-travel Covid test [see main story, above]: officials from Cumbria, home of the Lake District, are also appealing to tourists to be vigilant as cases rise locally.
“Take a test before you travel as a courtesy to the area you are travelling to,” urged Colin Cox, director of public health at Cumbria County Council.
“The key thing for people who are here visiting, or residents, is Covid is still out there, ” he added. “And we can still take precautions, wear a face mask in public places, think about social distancing.”
However, Cox admitted that the spike in local cases cannot be linked to tourism, because the South Lakes area – which is most popular with visitors – has the lowest infection rate in Cumbria.
“Actually, overall, we are not seeing much of an impact in tourism that we can point it towards,” said Cox. “We are not particularly putting this on tourism. It was circulating before the tourist season.”
According to analysis by the PA news agency, the Eden area of the county has seen a large increase in coronavirus cases, leaping from 133.9 per 100,000 of population in the week to August 12, to 411.1 cases per 100,000 people in the week to August 19.