Public health officials have warned against holding parties after a number of “large gatherings” last weekend resulted in several people being diagnosed with coronavirus.
An 18th birthday party in a rural area and at least two other events are among those which have brought about a small surge in the number of cases in North Cumbria.
A spokesman said: “The council is aware of a small number of large gatherings that have taken place recently, leading to an increase in the number of positive cases.
“We would urge people to adhere to the government guidance on gatherings and social distancing, and not to gather in large groups. More information on the latest information and advice is available via the county council website.”
The county is still experiencing about 50-60 new cases of COVID-19 each week and director of public health Colin Cox said there had been a worrying increase in the spread of the virus from those who had no symptoms, though he still felt we were some way from a local lockdown.
Government guidance remains that people should only meet people from one other household at a time, either indoors or outdoors, or up to six people in total from different households, if remaining outdoors.
Single adult households can additionally form a support bubble with one other household, but this must remain the same person throughout.
Larger groups can meet for work, voluntary or charitable services, education, childcare or training, elite sporting competition or training, to fulfil legal obligations, to provide emergency assistance, or to enable someone to avoid illness, injury or risk of harm.
You can also meet in larger groups for weddings, funerals, religious ceremonies and services, community activities and support groups — which should be limited to no more than 30 people and subject to COVID-19 secure guidelines.
It is otherwise against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes, including gardens and other outdoor spaces.
Businesses and venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host larger groups.
This is also the case for events in public outdoor spaces that are organised by businesses, charitable or political organisations, and public bodies, provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission.