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Safe Reopening Of Shops Supported By North Yorkshire Councils

Safe Reopening Of Shops Supported By North Yorkshire Councils

Published by Karen Liu at 1:43pm 15th June 2020.

The safe re-opening of shops from today is being supported by councils across North Yorkshire.

The County Council, working closely with district and borough councils, is taking steps to enable businesses to open safely and for residents to feel safe while they shop.

People may have seen some measures appearing in recent weeks, including the coning off of sections of the carriageway to widen footways and closures of some roads.

Further actions are being taken from today. For example, people will see parking bay suspensions and narrower traffic lines in several areas of Scarborough and Filey, to enable social distancing and encourage people to walk and cycle. Details of all measures can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/socialdistancingandactivetravel

Richard Flinton, Chair of the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum and Chief Executive of the County Council, said:

“All partners in our North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum are committed to supporting the county’s recovery while making the reopening of more shops and businesses as safe as possible for customers and workers.

I’m sure that our retailers have been looking forward to 15 June and being able to open and that many residents are just as keen to take advantage of a wider range of shops.

We’ll all need to get used to navigating our new-look high streets. The measures we are putting in place have been carefully considered and are designed to give people the confidence to go shopping and buy local, which is something we can all do to play a part in our county’s recovery.

While these measures to aid social distancing and active travel are important, one of the biggest things we can do when visiting our high streets, and elsewhere, is to take personal responsibility to maintain social distancing and to consider others.”

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker of North Yorkshire Police, added:

“As more and more restrictions are lifted and communities come back to life, personal responsibility is now key to controlling the virus.

We urge everyone to look after themselves and their loved ones, remember that the virus has still not gone away, keep in mind the purpose of the existing restrictions and regulations and stay safe.

We thank the public of North Yorkshire for playing their part during this crisis and for their support through what has been a very fast-moving and challenging time for everyone.

The sacrifices they have made has helped to protect thousands of people and we should be proud of this.

We will continue to engage with members of the public, explain the remaining regulations and encourage them to follow them and will only use enforcement as a last resort.”  

The County Council says where parking bays being coned off to widen footways, this is done for public safety and these cones must not be moved. Enforcement by parking services will be taken against anyone moving barriers to use parking bays.

As more high street businesses open and the situation develops, the measures to enable social distancing will be kept under constant review and any changes will be published online at www.northyorks.gov.uk/socialdistancingandactivetravel


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zara, on 15th June 2020 10:24pm
well Filey is a really good example, half the main street is cordoned off from parking to make the walkway larger the other half which contained the disabled parking is not! So you can walk half way safely and then not just so the disabled can park! You know the ones we are doing this for! What makes it worse is that the rest of the streets still have parking on them so why not turn some of that into disabled spots?

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