Holiday parks in Cumbria run by operator Parkdean Resorts have closed until May 1 in response to the coronavirus.

Prakdean, which runs Fallbarrow, Limefitt and White Cross Bay at Windermere, and Gatebeck, near Kendal, has closed all its parks across the UK.

All holidaymakers who had booked to stay at its parks during this time can have a full refund, or the option to roll their booking, with a credit voucher worth 120 per cent of the original booking.

All facilities and all touring and camping provision is cancelled until 1 May.

Access to parks will be denied to third parties and controlled as normal by security teams.

Steve Richards, chief executive officer, said: “Parkdean Resorts has 67 parks across the UK and our company plays a big role in local communities, whether it be through investment, tourism or employment.

"As such, we have been in conversation with community leaders, customers and our people, and have decided to delay the launch of the season.

"We are very sorry to the many holidaymakers who were hoping to spend their Easter break with us, but I hope they understand why.

“We will continually and closely review the Government’s guidance and hope to welcome people on park from May 1.

“I would like to reassure anyone working for Parkdean Resorts, and the communities they live in, that no one will be made redundant as a result of coronavirus, and we will be paying 100 per cent salary.

“As Parkdean Resorts was gearing up for the Easter holidays, we have a significant amount of perishable food on park which will now be donated to local community food banks.”

Last month, it announced £1.2 million-worth of investment in its Lake District parks to install new lodges, upgrade existing caravan accommodation, and improve dining and arcade facilities.