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Joint Message To Stay Away From Yorkshire Coast At Easter

Joint Message To Stay Away From Yorkshire Coast At Easter

Published by Karen Liu at 10:33am 10th April 2020.

Scarborough Borough Council, North Yorkshire Police and HM Coastguard have joined forces to issue a strong message to stay away from the Yorkshire coast this Easter weekend to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Their message is clear, stay at home and don’t travel to the coast, however tempting it might be.

During the extended weekend all three authorities will be increasing their patrols on access routes and beaches, and in towns and villages, including car parks. Anyone found to be ignoring the instructions will be stopped and told to go home.

Mike Greene, Scarborough Borough Council Chief Executive, said:

“The stay at home message is as important now as ever. We must all continue to do our bit to help beat this virus, protect each other and allow the NHS to continue with the amazing care it is providing in unprecedented challenging circumstances.

Our wonderful Yorkshire coast and its fantastic businesses will be here to welcome you with open arms when all this is over, but until then, please stay away and remain at home.”

The stay at home message also applies to residents local to the Yorkshire coast.

Trips out for essential food and medical supplies should be as infrequent as possible. Allocated daily exercise must only be taken in the immediate vicinity of your home and should not involve a picnic or the purchase of food and drink to consume while out and about.

You must exercise alone or only with other members of your household. If you do have to leave the house, try to stay away from busy areas and ensure you stay at least two metres away from others at all times.

North Yorkshire Police officers will be out and about engaging with the public to ensure they understand and follow government advice.

Their first approach will always be to explain and encourage people to follow the measures and stay at home.

However as a last resort, police officers can fine those that refuse to adhere to the restrictions.

Rachel Wood, North Yorkshire Police Chief Inspector, said:

“Our officers and staff are working hard to patrol our streets and engage with communities, so please help us to help you and only leave home if absolutely necessary, and for one of the four reasons set out by the government.

The message is clear that you should only leave the house for essential reasons and that you should be doing so as infrequently as possible.

We know that it can be tempting to sit and enjoy the views on your daily exercise or trips to purchase essential supplies, but spending any additional time in public spaces is not advised.

We ask that you make any necessary trips and then return home immediately. 

Everyone has an important part to play in stopping the spread of coronavirus; please take all the steps you can to stay at home.”

The police is also asking members of the public to think about whether a call is necessary before contacting them.

Anyone needing to report significant issues such as parties or other large gatherings that could pose a danger to public health, should call 101.




There are 3 comments on this page.

zara, on 10th April 2020 10:58am
'allocated daily exercise should only be taken in the immediate vicinity of your home' okay so who allocates the daily exercise and what do you class as immediate vicinity???? 'or the purchase of food and drink to consume while out and about' so do not let the police catch you with an apple or chocolate bar whilst you are out walking your dog!! Honestly it is getting worse, they are making it up as they go along. Neither of those comments are actually law. I am trying to abide by all the directions (even though i am sceptical about some) but some of this stuff is just plain ridiculous.
Paul26, on 10th April 2020 11:02am
Wouldn’t have be a good idea to close all the marine Drive to traffic as I’ve seen people every day parking up down there to go a walk. There’s nothing open down there so they should be walking from there homes!
Barra, on 10th April 2020 7:01pm
The easy answer is just stay at home, if you need to go out keep at the safe distance, stay near home and don’t go out for over 1 hour. Most older people are sticking to the rules, it’s just a minority of the younger people that think that they won’t catch coronavirus and just do as they please.

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