Keswick’s mayor says visitors must continue to keep away from the town to protect both themselves and local residents from coronavirus.
Cllr David Burn issued a public statement today after there was confusion over what people can and can’t do nationally following prime minister Boris Johnson’s decision to relax some lockdown restrictions.
The mayor, whose year in office is due to end this month, said: “Keswick does not want visitors to our town during the present crisis. Cumbria is already the sixth highest in the country in terms of the rate of Covid-19 infection.
“We do not want to import more cases and we do not want visitors to catch anything while they are here. The advice remains only go out when absolutely necessary, so please stay away from Keswick unless you are collecting medication or getting groceries for local people.”
The mayor’s message was accompanied by a new logo with slogan which stated: “Please Don’t Visit Keswick Unless It Is Absolutely Essential.” He added: “Our cafes, pubs, shops, accommodation providers, car parks and public toilets are all closed. We would love to be able to welcome you all back with open arms but now is not the time.
“While the Government has said you can drive and exercise outside all day, we are concerned that an increase in visitor numbers will delay when we can begin to re-open. We are all in this together so for now we need to continue to stay home and please stay away from the Lakes.”