Coronavirus: Hundreds break social distancing

Coronavirus: Hundreds break social distancing

Published by May Norman at 9:19am 1st June 2020.

Main image: Courtesy of Sgt Paul Evans NYP @KiloSierra1006, Twitter

Coronavirus restrictions flouted over the weekend

  • Despite coronavirus restrictions not being eased until Monday (1 June), people have been breaking the rules and not adhering to the two metres social distancing.
  • Crowds gathered on the banks of the River Wharfe in Ilkley with many others meeting.
  • Dozens of fines were handed to drivers parked illegally around Craven. 

Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale enjoyed a weekend of high temperatures with hundreds of people out in the sunshine - with many breaking coronavirus restrictions.

Despite police urging the public to follow current advice ahead of the loosening of restrictions, many flouted the rules descending on some of the district's beauty spots.

Ilkley councillor Anne Hawkesworth shared an image on Twitter of people gathering on the banks of the River Wharfe in Ilkley.


Coronavirus lockdown measures are being eased from Monday (1 June, 2020), which will allow up to six people to meet outside if social distancing of two metres is observed,

However, Downing Street warned the public that these meet-ups remain prohibited until after the weekend.

Despite that, with large groups continuing to gather by the River Wharfe in Ilkley, parking also became dangerous in some parts with many penalty notices issued:

Ilkley Town Council is said to be having an emergency meeting on the issue. 

Images shared on social media illustrated litter left behind after people returned to their homes:

It was a similar picture across parts of Craven.

Skipton-based PCSO Ruth Pearson dealt with bad parking, littering, large group gatherings and anti-social behaviour on her shift.

There were also reports of many people ignoring restrictions - congregating in Harrogate and Knaresborough.

Many people took to social media to report a couple of bars in Harrogate which had reopened for takeaway services for food and drinks.

People claimed customers were stood around drinking on the streets.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue also reported fires due to disposable BBQs which had been neglected on dry, moorland.