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Whitby Mayor Urges Caution on Overcrowding

Whitby Mayor Urges Caution on Overcrowding

Published by Jon Burke at 12:14pm 28th May 2020.

The Mayor of Whitby is urging people avoid overcrowding, as business start to slowly re-open.

Councillor Linda Wild has written an open letter:

"Dear Editor, 

The country is slowly taking its ‘baby steps’ to easing lockdown. Over the Bank Holiday weekend, everybody, including the Emergency and Statutory services, did their part. Next week will see the first additions to the list of businesses permitted to open.  If the Government’s programme runs to form, shopping will return in earnest in June, though pubs, cafes and restaurants will not. 

Whitby Town Council’s message, which echoes the Borough and County Councils’, is that we want people to return to support those businesses that can open, but we must all avoid overcrowding. The introduction of Test and Track relies on us knowing who we have been in contact with, which is hard to do in a crowd. 

The Chair of the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, Richard Flinton, has put this very well.  He has said, “There’s plenty of space in North Yorkshire – use it thoughtfully and respect local communities by planning ahead and taking your rubbish home.” 

If the police or the highways authority advise us not to make our journey, or not to park, it’s for our safety and for everybody else’s. So yes, plan ahead and be flexible enough to change your plans. 
It is the basic good rules which we need to keep: wash your hands, don’t touch your face and remember that home is still the safest place to be. 
Please keep safe. 
 
Cllr Linda Wild, Town Mayor of Whitby".

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