We are shocked by the timing and short notice of tonight’s announcement. We are awaiting further details but the safety of residents must come first. For now, tourism businesses in Cumbria remain closed and we urge everyone to continue to #StayHome.
South Lakes Police said people should “take a long, hard look at your own conscience” if planning to visit the area.
In areas like the South West where infection rates have been lower, there were concerns infrastructure could become overwhelmed if visitors caused the spread to increase.
Mr Johnson announced police would be able to hand out bigger fines to those flouting the rules.
Andy Slattery, Cumbria’s Assistant Chief Constable, said he was surprised at the announcement saying it was a “very significant change” for the county and urged people to “still don’t rush to the Lake District”.
Brian Booth, chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, called the guidance “woolly” and said the announcement had made policing the restrictions “impossible”.
Visit Cornwall officials said they had been contacted by people asking if they could travel there since the speech.
Chief executive Malcolm Bell said it “added more confusion than clarity” and reiterated the message for people to “stay away”.
Steve Double, Conservative MP for St Austell and Newquay in Cornwall, said the guidance was “clear” and referred to what was part of people’s daily exercise allowance.
“This certainly does not give the green light for people to flock to Cornwall to come and have a holiday or move location to their second home,” he said.
Richard Leafe, chief executive of the Lake District National Park, tweeted that the announcement could be “very difficult” for the area and pleaded with people not to “rush to visit us”.
In North Yorkshire, Scarborough and Whitby’s Conservative MP Robert Goodwill said he had been contacted by concerned constituents, adding “we do not want to be inundated with visitors”.
He added: “I had someone from Castleton worrying that if someone from Middlesbrough decided to go there for a walk, then they pop into the shop and all of a sudden there is a risk of the virus spreading.
“If people can use common sense then the risk is not increased but if it is used by people who do just want to break the rules then it could be dangerous.”
The leader of Brighton and Hove City Council Nancy Platts said she was concerned about how residents would be able to maintain physical distancing “if we have an influx of visitors”.
While Sarah Butikofer, the leader of North Norfolk District Council – the authority with the oldest demographic in the UK – said any potential influx to the area was “very worrying”.