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Scarborough Roads to be Closed Across the Weekend

Scarborough Roads to be Closed Across the Weekend

Published by Matthew Pells at 3:50pm 22nd May 2020. (Updated at 3:55pm 22nd May 2020)

"Think Ahead and Limit the Spread" is the clear message being issued to everyone intending to go out and about in North Yorkshire anywhere over the bank holiday weekend. by the counties local authorities.

It’s expected the late May holiday weekend will see more people heading for open spaces and countryside to explore and take their exercise. So the agencies leading the fight against Covid-19 in the York and North Yorkshire area are asking everyone to think carefully and plan ahead.

Richard Flinton, Chair of North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (NYLRF), said:

“There are still limited facilities so clearly hand washing may be limited – equally some places will be busier than others, making social distancing difficult. Together these actions remain some of the most powerful defences we have against this virus. So think ahead to limit the spread!

If you turn up somewhere and it’s clearly busy, don’t risk it. Have a plan B and even a plan C to ensure you keep away from crowds and protect yourself and your loved ones.”

Barrie Mason is the council’s Assistant Director for Highways and Transportation:

“We have been working with our colleagues at Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire Police this week in preparation for the possibility of more visitors arriving in Whitby, Scarborough and Filey over the holiday weekend as well as other destinations along the coast.

As a result, we will again be closing Foreshore Road, Royal Albert Drive and Marine Drive in Scarborough and there will be several parking suspensions across the Borough to try to enable social distancing. There will also be cones in places across Harrogate and Knaresborough. We would ask that drivers respect the closures and suspensions, which are in place for everyone’s safety.”

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director of Public Health in North Yorkshire, said:

“Hundreds of lives have been lost linked to Covid-19 in our area and there is some data that suggests the virus is declining more slowly in some areas than others. That also reflects the national trend – where peaks and plateaus appear at different rates across different counties or urban areas. 

Overall there is a gradual decline in the number of people in hospital in the area but it would be wrong for anyone to think we are out of the woods. Far from it. If ever there was a moment to take every precaution, it’s now.”

Gold Commander for NYLRF, Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker, said:

“While we can all spend more time outdoors, taking personal responsibility remains key to stopping the spread of the virus.  It has not gone away and it is important that everyone keeps in mind the purpose of the current guidelines and regulations and the national effort to stop the spread of the virus and save lives.

If you plan on visiting North Yorkshire this weekend, please respect our local communities who are concerned about large numbers of people gathering near their homes, particularly in small towns and villages where space is limited and streets are narrow. 

Enjoy the weekend and stay safe. Our officers will be out and about and will continue to engage, explain and encourage people to follow the rules and will only use enforcement as a last resort. We have already issued 994 fines, please don’t give us any reason to add this growing number.” 

Last weekend was the first weekend to follow the easing of lockdown rules, enabling essential travel to include driving further for unlimited exercise and wellbeing purposes. In response, North Yorkshire County Council’s highways department put some temporary mitigation in place to try to limit crowds and support social distancing guidance.




There are 6 comments on this page.

Scarboria Resident, on 22nd May 2020 4:43pm
Think it's wonderful that NYCC and SBC are jointly putting into place measures to ensure social distancing can be undertaken by closing roads, hopefully it covers the BH monday.
The icing on the cake would be done form of "litter policing" due to the objects left around on our wonderful beaches.
TERESA PATTERSON, on 22nd May 2020 6:03pm
A fine if people drop litter or if its left and keep car parks closed
if its full close roads to stop more coming in i seen load of rubbish
In bins in whitby and all over the floor as seagulls got them
all stay safe stay home protect the NHS if you can as i hope to
Get hospitailty open my son as been made redundent from hotel
in whitby but if more travel to all areas we could have more
Big G, on 22nd May 2020 6:08pm
I hope the roads into Whitby will also be closed. If they are then perhaps it will keep the Animals who Urinate and Defecate in our streets out ofWhitby. Those who did this last weekend need to have their faces rubbed in the stuff they left on the streets and in the Ally ways of Church Street and Henrietta Street.
I am not hearing anything about this being mentioned on the radio.
TERESA PATTERSON, on 22nd May 2020 9:35pm
Or my God animals some people that is out of order sorry then we don't want
Them in our town through out the lock down period all of Whitby was not only clean but the locals of Whitby did the right thing and did social distance
never saw groups of people then we get this kind of behaviour to be honest do we want them back we going to need police or wardens walking around toilets are closed so DO NOT Come if you can't hold it in its July we hope to be open and the downing st briefing said we are all doing well and doing what they have asked of us well some of us are she not seen pictures in the paper what's going on and on the Yorkshire coast
john pawson, on 23rd May 2020 9:00am
Meanwhile they have authorised a nightclub to open that holds 270
How can people practice social distancing on a dance floor or in a nightclub?
yorkshireboy, on 23rd May 2020 12:48pm
What really annoys me is the accusations that this is visitors.

Has every bit of rubbish etc got a name and address on it, or is it that not one single Whitby resident didn't go into the town at anytime.

And if they don't want outsiders then so be it.

No bus services, train services, postal deliveries, petrol, shop deliveries.

Within the week every single food shop will be sold out.

But Whitby will be quiet..

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