Police stop family from Leigh travelling to the Lake District during lockdown

Cumbria Police

All routes into the lakes are currently being policed.

Cumbria Police have taken to social media this afternoon to call out a family who made the trip to the Lake District for a day out during UK lockdown.

Despite the social distancing guidelines set out by the government, which advises against all non-essential to protect the NHS and save lives, the family of six from Leigh, in the Greater Manchester borough of Wigan, travelled over 80 miles before being stopped by police in Windemere.

The Cumbria Roads Policing Unit revealed details of their stop on Twitter and confirmed that all routes into the popular tourist hot-spot are now being monitored in a post that said:

"This family of six (2 adults, 4 children) had come from Leigh, Lancs for a trip out to the Lake District today. Stopped at Windermere and advised to return. We are Policing all routes into the lakes. Escorted back to the motorway".

With the nice weather set to continue over the Easter weekend, a message on the Visit Cumbria website addressing travel reads: "Please respect Cumbria Police, Government and Cumbria Tourism advice not to visit the Lake District and Cumbria during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis".

"All events have been cancelled across the Lake District and Cumbria".

"Visitor attractions, restaurants, pubs, leisure facilities, spas etc in the Lake District and Cumbria have closed".

"A national lockdown has been imposed by the Government, which also applies to the whole of Cumbria, including the fells".

Cumbria Police have also today warned owners of holiday properties in the county against travelling for visits and urged members of the public to stay at home.

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