Bikers descend on Hawes despite calls for visitors to maintain social distance

Bikers in Hawes. Photo: Wayne Hutchinson.

Large numbers of motorcyclists stopped off in Hawes today despite calls for visitors to the national park to main social distancing.

The visit of the bikers came as the Prime Minister became the latest person to urge people to maintain their distance when outdoors.

Boris Johnson said that while being outdoors is “crucial for health, physical and mental well-being”, the government’s advice must be taken seriously.

“Don’t think that fresh air in itself automatically provides some immunity,” he said during a Covid-91 briefing in Downing Street.

“Don’t think fresh air provides immunity’

“You have to stay two metres apart and you have to follow the social distancing advice.”

The Prime Minister has warned that if people don’t need the warning other measure will be introduced.

As well as the number of bikers stopping off in the Dales and Locals have expressed concern about the number of people coming in caravan and motorhomes to stay in the Dales.

However, a number of sites and site operators have announced today that they have shut, including the Caravan and Motorhome Club, which has sites in both Hawes and Leyburn.

Several pubs which provide accommodation have also announced they will shut including the Tan Hill Inn.

On Saturday, David Butterworth, chief executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, said the public should not be coming to the Yorkshire Dales if they couldn’t practice social distancing.

He said the number of people coming to the Dales on Saturday “beggars belief”.

On Friday, Upper Dales county councillor Yvonne Peacock said locals were “nervous” about visitors increasing the risk of the spread of the coronavirus in the area.

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  1. So sorry for not being able to visit the place l love, the Dale’s. Memories of them will help me get through the coming months. To all Dale’s people, stay safe.

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