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Coronavirus: Police say "Thank You"

Coronavirus: Police say "Thank You"

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 1:05pm 14th April 2020.

North Yorkshire Police are thanking the public for staying at home over the weekend.

  • The force says the county was much quieter than expected.
  • Officers are thanking residents for sticking to Government rules.
  • But they say a small minority still ignored the ristrictions.

“Thank you” is North Yorkshire Police’s message to the public after the four-day Easter weekend.

The force says the county was much quieterthan expected.

Officers on patrol across North Yorkshire over the four days reported quieter seafronts, beauty spots, towns and cities, which would usually be crowded with visitors at this time of year.

Mike Walker, North Yorkshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable and Gold commander leading the response to the outbreak, said:

“North Yorkshire’s roads, beautiful national parks, coastlines, beauty spots and picturesque towns and cities would usually be bustling at this time of year – but we were very pleased to see the county so quiet over the long weekend.

“It’s humbling to see so many local people are listening and doing the right thing by staying home, protecting the NHS and saving lives and I once again want to thank each and every person who is following the Government’s guidance and is taking it seriously.

“Our officers were on patrol across the county and reported people, for the most part, complying with the guidance and engaging with them positively, showing support for their efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.

A small minority of people continued to ignore the restrictions however, and the force responded to reports of pockets of groups gathering, including a small number of BBQs and house parties, with the majority of reports coming in on Good Friday (10 April).

Assistant Chief Constable Walker continued:

“Unfortunately, a small number of people deemed it appropriate to continue with their plans to see people from outside their household – be it BBQs or visiting friends or relatives – and I would reiterate to this minority that by ignoring the guidance, you are putting the lives of vulnerable people at risk, and not least your own friends and family members.

“Our approach has always been to engage, explain and encourage members of the public to adhere to the guidelines and only use enforcement if we have to.

“We are incredibly grateful to our local communities. We appreciate their patience, resilience and respect and ask them to simply continue in that same manner. And please remember that policing continues and we are here for you if you need us.”