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Coronavirus: 'North Yorkshire is our home - not just your playground'

Coronavirus: 'North Yorkshire is our home - not just your playground'

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 2:39pm 13th May 2020.

As the Government’s new rules on measures to control Coronavirus come into force, North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is asking potential visitors from outside the county to think carefully about travelling long distances to the region. 

  • North Yorkshire Commissioner Julia Mulligan is reminding people the county is "not a playground."
  • It's as the government's new rules on measures to control Coronavirus come into force.
  • She's asking people to think twice before visiting the county.  

Julia Mulligan says there are justifiable concerns from residents, businesses and organisations about the impact of saying everyone can drive as far as they like to outdoor spaces.

“North Yorkshire is our home - not just your playground”

Julia Mulligan
Julia Mulligan

Julia Mulligan said:

“Now the rules have changed, it is clear we will have more visitors coming to tourist destinations across North Yorkshire.

We want people to be able to enjoy the countryside for their physical and mental health, but we also need them to be aware that many of the county’s facilities – from shops to cafes, toilets to tourist information, continue to be closed.

The new rules also present serious challenges for enforcement to make sure visitors are from the same household, observing the rules and not putting communities they visit at risk. 

My message to those thinking about travelling long distances to our tourist hotspots in the days and weeks ahead is to stop, think and then think twice.

Please remember, North Yorkshire is our home not just your playground.

We need you to be alert to the risks of coming here, particularly overcrowding in beauty spots, and ask yourselves whether your journey and your visit helps or hinders efforts to control the virus."