Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health and safety of visitors, delegates and residents is of paramount importance to us, and we will be regularly sharing ongoing advice related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on this page. 

Last updated: 10am, Friday 27 March 2020.

Important Information

  • Find the latest information on the official UK Government website. 
  • As of week commencing 23 March 2020 the UK Government announced a three-week closure of non-essential businesses and premises, all gatherings of more than two people in public to stop, and people required to stay at home except for very limited purposes.
  • As of week commencing 23 March 2020 accommodation providers were advised to take steps to close for commercial use as quickly as possible.
  • Visits to second homes, campsites, caravan parks etc. do not constitute essential travel. People are advised to stay in their primary residence to limit pressure on services.
  • A significant number of events set to take place in Spring and Summer have already been cancelled. If you were planning to visit Durham in Spring or Summer, we advise that you check directly with venues, businesses, attractions and events for details on closures and cancellations.
  • For travellers already in the UK, use the 111 online coronavirus service to get further information.

How will COVID-19 impact my travel to Durham? 

  • The current advice is to stay home and stay safe, now is not the time to travel to Durham.
  • Non-essential overseas travel is strongly advised against.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. 

Known closures and cancellations include:

Further Information

  • Guidance on prevention measures, which includes ensuring the washing of hands regularly, and covering your mouth/nose with tissues when coughing or sneezing, can be found at and more information can be found via the UK Government website.
  • Advice for tourism businesses is regularly updated on the Visit Britain website.