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MP urges holiday let owners to stop taking bookings and visitors to stay at home ahead of Easter weekend

April 8, 2020 4:22 PM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron is pleading with holiday let owners to stop taking bookings and pleading with visitors to stay at home ahead of what is usually one of the Lake District's busiest weekends.

This comes after an investigation from Cumbria Police found adverts for 300 Lake District homes to rent this week.

Tim said: "It's frankly beggars belief that such a high number of holiday lets are still taking bookings.

"To add further insult to injury, we've also seen outrageous examples of holiday let owners actively encouraging people who are in the high-risk category to ignore the Government's medical advice and travel up to the Lakes.

"Most holiday lets will be able to access a £10,000 lump sum as part of the small business grant fund - so there is no reason to be putting lives at risk here.

"To anyone planning on making the trip up here this bank holiday, or any other time during this pandemic - the Lake District will still be here when this crisis is over, but your loved ones might not be if you choose to ignore the medical advice.

"Stay at home and you will save lives."