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Mandatory Wearing Of Face Coverings On Yorkshire Coast

Mandatory Wearing Of Face Coverings On Yorkshire Coast

Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 24th July 2020.

Residents on the Yorkshire Coast are being asked to wear face coverings from today.

It is mandatory in shops, supermarkets, banks, post offices and takeaway outlets.

People will be fined up to £100 if they are not wearing a face covering. 

North Yorkshire Police Superintendent Charlotte Bloxham, silver commander for the response to Covid-19, said:

"This is in line with previous coronavirus regulations and that is that we will engage, explain and encourage people to follow the rules that have been set out by the Government.

As the police, we've obviously been given some powers to enforce that where necessary, but we'll only do that as a last resort.

We know the vast majority of people will do as the Government have asked, as they know how important it is to protect themselves, their families and other people.

Since the new regulations were announced, we have been liaising with local retailers to explain how we will police these new regulations.

Demand on our service is almost back to normal pre-coronavirus levels, so we have to prioritise where we deploy our officers.  

We will take a sensible approach to enforcement and hope people understand that we cannot attend every incident. To that end, please bear this in mind before reporting anyone for not wearing a face-covering.

To help keep our phone lines free for urgent policing matters, we urge anyone who wishes to report a breach of the regulations, to do so via our online coronavirus reporting form which can be found on our website. Please only call if a situation escalates and your safety is threatened.

Once again, we thank the people of York and North Yorkshire who have shown great support, understanding and compliance with the guidance and regulations so far. It is because of your sacrifices that we are now in a position where we can enjoy more freedom. Please stay safe, and help to limit the spread."

Superintendent Charlotte Bloxham has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu:


To report a breach of regulation, visit the online coronavirus reporting form

Meanwhile, Humberside Police Assistant Chief Constable, Chris Noble, said:

"Throughout the pandemic, we have found our communities across the Humberside Force area have readily complied with the new laws that have been introduced to assist with protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives, and I cannot thank our residents enough for their help.

"With the new law being introduced, I am hopeful that the adherence and cooperation we have seen this far will continue, as to keep safe, we all have to work together and protect each other.

We have been working closely with local businesses in light of the announcement, providing advice and guidance as to how they best manage the new requirements, and when we as the police should be contacted.

Guidance we have offered to our local businesses is in a similar vein to our policing approach, which has always been to engage with people and explain, providing encouragement to adhere to the rules and as a last resort, apply enforcement.

If an individual refuses to comply, shop employees should ask them to leave the store in the first instance. Should there be any further refusal or non-compliance, we are able to attend and whilst we will also attempt to engage with the individual, we can and will issue fines where we need to.

If members of the public witness someone not wearing a face covering where it is required, we would ask in the first instance that they do not contact police on 101 or 999, but rather report this to the shop or premises in question.

It is important to remember that there are exemptions to people wearing face coverings, for example young children or those with serious illnesses, and this should be determined through initial engagement by store employees.

Our support provided for businesses will enable them to make contact with us should they feel it necessary, and we will of course provide assistance.

We will have police officers patrolling retail areas as they would do ordinarily, however we will also have additional officers deployed on patrol so they are able to intervene relatively swiftly should there be any issues that arise.

I do believe everyone across the Humberside Force area will do their utmost to continue protecting each other and keeping people safe, which is also our priority and we will do all we can to ensure we provide support and assistance so this is upheld."


There are 4 comments on this page.

Zen master7, on 24th July 2020 6:48am
4 weeks too late.
yorkshireboy, on 24th July 2020 8:23am
It is now close to 7 months since all this started.
It's 4 months since lockdown.

So why suddenly is it law that we have to wear a mask.

I can go in a pub with 20 others, I can go in a cinema for 2 or 3 hours, I can go in a cafe for 1 hour, but I don't need a mask.

But go in my little corner shop where only 2 at a time are allowed and I need a mask.

The regulations just seem to be cockeyed.
JohnfromScarborough, on 24th July 2020 11:20am
As others have stated this does seem an odd decision. It is not as if surgical grade masks are now available to the general public which might actually be effective.
momo, on 24th July 2020 7:50pm
better late than never.should have been earlier and if we all wear them now may halt getting a second spike.i think the goverment has been too reliant on us all using our common sense but unfortunately looking at the mass gatherings and lack of social distancing i think we should have been told not asked nicely.much like a lot of the other countries who are actually taking it seriously.

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