Mr.Mister: KyrieiTunesAmazon

Mr.Mister: KyrieiTunesAmazon

Coronavirus: Covid-19 risk in North Yorkshire as lockdown rules relaxed

Coronavirus: Covid-19 risk in North Yorkshire as lockdown rules relaxed

Published by Lisa Darvill at 1:50pm 14th May 2020. (Updated at 2:12pm 14th May 2020)

North Yorkshire County Council is concerned about the risk of Covid-19 in crowds, as lockdown rules are eased. 

  • People planning a trip to visitor hot spots could find they can’t wash their hands, stick to the social distancing or park their car 
  • It follows concerns that large numbers of people will head to the county’s beauty spots
  • The council says many places offer very limited handwashing and toilet facilities 
  • It's urging people to stay close to home 

People planning a trip to the coast or other visitor hot spots in North Yorkshire this weekend could find they can’t wash their hands, stick to the social distancing guidance or even park their car.

The warning follows concerns that large numbers of people will head to the county’s beauty spots, following the Government’s relaxation of the rules on travel and exercise.

The County Council’s executive member for Access, Cllr Don Mackenzie, said:

“We appreciate that many people will want to make the most of the fact that they can now travel to take their exercise and stay outdoors for longer. However, too many people have made too many sacrifices for us to lose sight of the risks with this virus.  So we are asking people to plan ahead. To consider the fact that many places offer very limited handwashing and toilet facilities and where they are open there will almost certainly be queues. Paths and pavements may well be really busy, making staying at least 2 metres apart almost impossible.

"On top of that we have taken the decision to temporarily close our large on-street parking facilities in Whitby. We will also close Marine Drive and Royal Albert Drive to restrict parking and to provide more space for pedestrians to apply the social distancing guidelines.

“Throughout the weekend we will monitor the number of pedestrians and we may have to close more roads to protect the public as best we can.”

Chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council, Richard Flinton, said:

“Please adhere to any ‘no parking’ and ‘road closed’ signs you come across and ask yourself if it’s worth it.

“Why not do the right thing and protect yourself and your family by staying close to home. Everything will still be here when it’s safe to welcome you back and we are really grateful for your patience and support.”

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, North Yorkshire’s Directors of Public Health, said:

“The best protection for you and your family is to keep away from crowds and busy places, to wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water and to stay at least 2 metres away from anyone not in your household. Every single person has their own part to play in this.

“We have come a long way and seen incredible sacrifice in North Yorkshire. Many front line staff are still risking their own lives every day to care for people with Covid-19. Please don’t let their selflessness and commitment be for nothing.

“Let’s carry on fighting this virus in the same way we have been. By sticking to the basic guidance that we know works.”