CUMBRIAN businesses are delighted after the ‘green light’ to welcome back visitors from Monday was given.

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister that indoor hospitality and serviced overnight stays can resume from next week, the county’s visitor economy is looking forward to being able to once again offer a world-class welcome to its customers.

Stage three of the Government’s reopening roadmap means groups of up to 30 can meet outdoors and six people (or two households) indoors.

Pubs and restaurants can offer indoor dining and serviced accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs can offer overnight stays.

Museums, theatres, cinemas and more can reopen and up to 30 can attend weddings.

Cumbria Tourism Managing Director Gill Haigh said: “It’s been a long process, and safety remains the top priority, but this week’s announcement brings us one step closer to normality.

“Tourism businesses across Cumbria have consistently gone above and beyond to safeguard their customers, staff and communities and now they’re ready to get back to doing what they do best and what they love – providing fantastic memorable experiences for their guests.

“It’s been lovely to see our visitors begin to return, staying in self-catering accommodation from April and enjoying our fantastic food and drink outside, but businesses need to operate at a much higher capacity to survive. This week’s news provides much-needed clarity, not only for businesses but for many visitors who have been waiting to book their post-lockdown stays.”