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Roads Could Close in Whitby

Roads Could Close in Whitby

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 2:37pm 10th June 2020. (Updated at 6:53am 11th June 2020)

A range of potential options, to ensure social distancing is enforced when non-essential shops open in Whitby on Monday, have been revealed.

North Yorkshire County Council Highways could look to close roads and suspend parking, if too many people flock to the popular seaside town at one time.

Whitby county councillor Joe Plant (Con) told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that measures under consideration include closing Pier Road and Khyber Pass between 10am and 5pm and suspending parking in Skinner Street and Flowergate.

Cllr Plant said the measures would only be used in response to any arising issues and not to pre-empt the opening of stores on Monday.

He also urged people not to undo all the hard work and sacrifices that had been made, as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Cllr Plant said:

“We’ve all got a responsibility to socially distance.

We don’t want to be losing parking places we want to support businesses who have had a tough time and the last thing we need is to be suspending parking but if people can’t socially distance then we will have to.

I urge everybody to continue to observe social distancing to help local businesses.

They have supported us in hard times and now we have to support them.”

He has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke:

Last night, business secretary Alok Sharma confirmed retailers could open on Monday as long as they follow safety guidelines, or they could face enforcement notices.

However, he said the current 2-metre social distancing rule would not be reduced at this time.


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Barra, on 11th June 2020 11:24am
We have to try and get the country moving again, and if the numbers with coved 19 start to increase, there will be local lock downs.

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