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North Yorkshire County Council CEO On Lockdown Easing

North Yorkshire County Council CEO On Lockdown Easing

Published by Karen Liu at 11:13am 11th May 2020. (Updated at 12:00pm 11th May 2020)

The Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council has given his thoughts on last night's announcement from the Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson addressed the nation, announcing changes including removing the limit on exercise in England and allowing people to sunbathe in parks.

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers won't be opening until the 4th of July at the earliest. 

The Prime Minister says anyone who can't work from home should return to work if they can keep two metres from other people. 

Mr Johnson said schools could reopen in three weeks at the earliest - leading to concerns from teaching unions who are worried it will cause chaos and confusion.

A phased reopening of shops may also be on the cards at a similar time. 

A full list of who is being asked to go back to work this week will be published later today, when the government will also publish a 50-page document on its strategy.

In the second phase of the government's plan, which would begin on 1 June at the earliest, some shops might be able to reopen.

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

"I suppose it's a start isn't it in terms of lifting the lockdown. There's quite a lot of details that needs to come in relation to it, particularly about people working safely.

Also, we've got to do some thinking ourselves as a local authority around how we can make places as safe as possible, if there's going to be more people coming in to Scarborough, Whitby and Filey and similar places across the county.

It needs a bit more definition and the other point is it places a lot of emphasis on the individual.

The 'stay alert' message is about keeping you distance, so a lot of implication for people to be sensible during this period."

Richard has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Paddy in the Morning:




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