With some lockdown restrictions set to begin to relax from today, a number of businesses across the county are preparing to safely welcome back members of the nearby community, and after months of closure, the rest of Cumbria’s tourism sector is working hard behind the scenes to reopen phase by phase in accordance with the Government’s roadmap.
This will begin with an opportunity for locals. From today the guidance changes from ‘Stay Home’ to ‘Stay Local’, enabling residents to enjoy outdoor gatherings of up to six people, or two households, in line with social distancing measures. It allows outdoor businesses such as gyms, pools and water sports to reopen for the benefit of people locally.
“Following a prolonged lockdown period, Cumbrian residents will at last be able to rediscover some of the amazing things to do right here on their own doorstep” says Gill Haigh, Cumbria Tourism MD. “Whilst it is still important to do all we can to minimise the spread of COVID-19, today’s changes will allow locals to get a little more active within the county. This is very much a limited offering but it is great to see and I know local people will really appreciate being able to do some of their favourite things again. Our advice is to Know Before You Go, check with the venue directly and pre-book if appropriate before travelling.
Activities for locals will include boat and bike hire, activity sessions and forest and garden spaces to walk through and enjoy. Cumbria Tourism Strategic Partners Forestry England manage open spaces at Whinlatter and Grizedale. Mark Holroyd, Head of Recreation and Communications (North) at Forestry England, says “Both Grizedale and Whinlatter Forests are ready to welcome local visitors, with extensive car parking, takeaway food and drink, toilets and covid secure facilities. The forest landscape provides an ideal setting to avoid any crowds and enjoy time in nature.”
Cumbria Tourism’s MyCumbria initiative is packed full of exciting activities, a number of which are able to reopen in some form from the 29th March. The MyCumbria website and social media accounts are great places to find out who’s open and when, and cardholders can even enjoy exclusive discounts when they visit. With so many opportunities to see more and save it soon pays for itself.
Cumbrian residents can learn more about the exclusive discounts a MyCumbria card offers and purchase their own from www.mycumbriacard.co.uk.
Full information on when and how specific businesses can reopen is available on the Government website at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
29th March 2021