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North Yorkshire Businesses Supported To Safely Re-Open

North Yorkshire Businesses Supported To Safely Re-Open

Published by Karen Liu at 2:04pm 29th June 2020.

North Yorkshire County Council is reassuring businesses that it supports the hospitality sector to reopen safely. 

The authority says everything that reasonably can be done will be done to support the successful reopening of cafés, bars and pubs by allowing them to use public highway space.

It is as the hospitality and tourism industry prepares to reopen in July following the easing of COVID-19 lockown restrictions. 

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said:

“We are very sympathetic to the needs of hospitality businesses and recognise the importance of an industry that employs thousands of people and adds more than £920m annually to the county’s economy.

We will do everything we can to support businesses seeking to use some of the public highway to facilitate trade at a very difficult time.

We want to work with borough and district councils, Business Improvement Districts, chambers of trade and individual businesses to consider the most appropriate use of the highway to support social distancing and to help hospitality businesses to trade legitimately.”

The authority stressed that it was essential to balance the requirements of everybody who needs to use the highway.

David Bowe, Corporate Director for Business and Environmental Services, added:

“We are prepared to close roads in order to support economic recovery but it has to be on the basis of demand and need.

If there is a road that we can practically close, even for part of a day, without adversely affecting access, we will be happy to work to achieve that, provided a business definitely wants to use the space. We are not proposing to close roads unless there is a clear demand.” 

So if businesses have a clear need and ideas on how to meet it, they should contact the County Council.

Mr Bowe said:

“We would like people to come forward if they feel they need our support. If you have ideas that would facilitate the reopening of the hospitality industry in North Yorkshire, please get in touch and we will do what we can to find a solution.”

Appropriate legal measures need to be taken, such as road closures and café licensing, which the Government has recently amended, but initially businesses should contact the County Council and speak to their local highways office.

The authority says road closures inevitably come at a cost and the County Council will work with its partners to seek an appropriate way to fund any measures introduced.

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