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Traffic Queues as Sunshine Brings People to Yorkshire's Beaches

Traffic Queues as Sunshine Brings People to Yorkshire's Beaches

Published by Matthew Pells at 4:05pm 20th May 2020.

Wednesday's hot weather bought people on to the beaches in Scarborough and saw queues of traffic along the seafront.

Last weekend the public headed calls from the local councils and emergency services to stay away from Yorkshire's seaside towns. Today's weather bought some people back to the coast despite local businesses and facilities such as public toilets remaining closed.

The change in the governments lockdown rules last week mean that people can now travel wherever they like in the country for exercise and other purposes, but meeting up with more than one person from outside your household is still not permitted.

The Government advice is that people should still stay two meters apart although that is not enforceable in England.

Yesterday, North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner warned that officers are facing “serious challenges” in enforcing the new lockdown rules.

Julia Mulligan said although the government’s move to relax restrictions was a “clear” one, it created concern amongst officers who were stripped of powers to enforce social distancing.

And while the new rules make it legal for households to travel anywhere in England, Mrs Mulligan said it can be difficult for police to prove if they do – or don’t – live together.

She said:

“The new law is clear in who you are allowed to go outside with, but actually determining if people are from the same household is quite challenging.

“And if people are gathering in the manifest itself of going to the same place by chance – or deliberately – that also presents challenges.”

Some Yorkshire Coast residents took to social media on Wednesday, expressing concern at the number of people out in public.

Colin posted from Whitby..

#Whitby is packed. All available on street parking is full of cars, the beach is packed. Hottest day of the year and we are trapped inside our house in our own town.

Ben posted from Bridlington

It's gorgeous weather   But it appears that the whole of #Bridlington (a lot of them appear to be holiday makers) are incapable of social distancing!

Lee Posted..

Was off for my walk on South Side, got there and its absolutely rammed. Beach packed and loads in sea. Not sure if there's lifeguarding either. #Bridlington

Bella added..

Taking the scenic drive home (we live a few streets over from the beach) and  apparently a global pandemic dosent happen in scarborough the beach is so busy! 




There are 21 comments on this page.

TERESA PATTERSON, on 20th May 2020 4:51pm
It is terrible that locals including my self have to suffer this Whitby was quiet
Just the locals doing the right thing social distance i walked out dogs round were we live shop on a Saturday then back home and went out once just a week before the government decided to let people go out as far as possible we will now get a second wave and our NHS is over worked yet again and I bet you all go out and clap for care staff and NHS yet you go out and do this we may never get out of this Boris please get the lock down back in force to save life's and NHS I am disgusted people think we are over this
Jenky, on 20th May 2020 5:38pm
It is the same here in Scarborough I agree with what you say Boris get the lock down back in place before it's to late stay home save lives protect the NHS. Absolutely disgusting beaches full cars everywhere can't believe what people are doing.
Jenky, on 20th May 2020 5:24pm
Scarborough was full on the sea front I am a concerned resident and this is not what people should be doing Boris needs to put the lock down back in force before it's to late stay home save lives and protect the NHS.
yorkshireboy, on 21st May 2020 10:47am
How do you know it was full, did you go down to have a look.

How many were day trippers, how many were just having a hour on the sea front, how many were residents..

yorkshireboy, on 20th May 2020 5:39pm
We are all very quick to say the beach was full of day trippers.

Did anybody actually go and ask them.

Scarborough is a large town and this is the first day when residents have been able to take there kids onto the beach.

Were there any cases of people not social distancing.

Too many residents are too quick to blame.

neil bower, on 20th May 2020 8:41pm

Most locals don't go to the beach in there cars there is even a campervan parked on the pier
Magpie56, on 20th May 2020 5:53pm
Attempted to go for a walk about 1300 the beach was absolutely packed .
Social distancing non existent I saw groups of 5+ make only groups
Drinking on the beach .
Police cars passing by doing nothing 😡
locals forced indoors for their own safety .
Please no more propaganda about people adhering to social distancing.
Sort it out Boris the second peak will destroy many more without immediate Action
Hails10, on 20th May 2020 6:04pm
The traffic was due to temporary traffic lights at west pier so a back up of traffic accumulated. Everyone was well distanced on the beach so it looked busy but actually wasn’t. Mostly families with children enjoying the sun sea and sand. Great for mental health. It was nice to see people laughing and smiling, and from I could see obeying the rules. YCR photo only shows the cars back-up, so seems worse.
neil bower, on 20th May 2020 8:45pm
Not be smiling for long and don't agree with you on the social distancing for the sake of a couple more weeks these selfish people have put us all in jeopardy again thanks a lot
rockdjchris, on 20th May 2020 9:19pm
you won,t be saying this when we have a second peak and many people,doctors and nurses are dying
zara, on 20th May 2020 10:05pm
well looking at the photograph behind the cars the beach looked pretty empty and spaced out. Then again so many locals seem to think they own every inch of the beach, they hate tourists even during normal times but are quick to go on their holidays and day trips to the big cities. Actually makes me ashamed to say i live around here with their petty small minded attitudes.
John Kokoszko, on 21st May 2020 7:42am
Parents rightly worry about sending children back to school yet when it comws to using common sense and social distancing on a personal level it's a different story. We all need to think about what it is we are doing and what we want best for us all. Travelling miles in a car to sit on a crowded beach and no available facilities open, is not using common sense.
John Kokoszko, on 21st May 2020 7:42am
Parents rightly worry about sending children back to school yet when it comws to using common sense and social distancing on a personal level it's a different story. We all need to think about what it is we are doing and what we want best for us all. Travelling miles in a car to sit on a crowded beach and no available facilities open, is not using common sense.
cdfreak32, on 21st May 2020 7:44am
The sun kills the virus so surely we should encour
age people to visit the beach
Lucylastik, on 21st May 2020 5:28pm
Are you serious?

If sun killed the virus, it wouldn't exist, would it.

Sunlight *can* weaken the virus on surfaces over a few weeks at a tIME, not a half day trip at the beach.

Please try to inform yourself better before you advertise your stupidity to the world.
dobo54, on 21st May 2020 7:54am
Don't be selfish you holiday makers, stay in your own area we do not want you on the coast while the COVID 19 is still active.
Yorkshire80, on 21st May 2020 8:31am
The beach was covered in litter and dirty nappies last night, appalling people should be ashamed. The council should employ litter police
Dobbs, on 21st May 2020 9:46am
Trouble is Boris has given a Green light to travel, and so the West Yorkshire folk, come over in droves,with not a care about local people, and this not apply just to the the Scarborough area, it happening all over the country.and yes the same ones will be at their front door clapping tonight, what a joke!!!
BARBARA APPLEBY, on 21st May 2020 10:36am
No wonder there was so many people in the sea, no toilets open. Its disgusting.
Lucylastik, on 21st May 2020 5:29pm
Rosco, on 21st May 2020 8:54pm
Why can't people just stay away!!Why come to the beach for the day when there is no facilities open?We all want this virus to go but it never will with selfish people that want to go to the beach for the day,pathetic!!!Last weekend the road was closed down the seafront for public transport and now there saying there going to close it again this weekend for bank holiday!What is the point in that?Seriously,it all should of been blocked off on Wednesday so these selfish people couldn't get through.We all knew it was going to be a lovely day that day so people want to go beach,so it should of been blocked but it wasn't!!!

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