Leyburn council chair urges parents to keep children indoors

Leyburn Market Place.

Leyburn’s town council chairman has urged parents to keep their children inside after seeing groups roaming around the town.

Richard Sanderson delivered the stark message that people will get sick and will die if we don’t follow the advice and self-isolate.

Mr Sanderson said he had seen groups of children roaming around the town on Monday evening as the Prime Minister was announcing further restrictions intended to limit the spread of the virus.

He said in a statement issued by the town council: “I am sure many of you are digesting this evenings announcement by the Government and how it will affect you and your family in the coming weeks and months.

“I would like to take this opportunity to urge you all to please follow the advice given.

“I know that living in the Dales we sometimes feel we are isolated from the rest of the world, but I can tell you now that we are not.

“If we don’t follow the advice and we don’t socially isolate and keep our distance, people will get sick and people will die.

“It could be your parents or your grandparents.”

The councillor added: “This evening I saw several groups of children roaming around town, parents, please keep them in, keep them, yourselves and your family safe.

“Many of you know me and I am not a person that is prone to exaggeration, but I have seen the preparations that are being made at the hospitals for the extra deaths that they are expecting.

“Let’s make sure they don’t get any from our area and follow the advice the Government has set out.”

The chairman said Leyburn Town Council would be posting information on its website soon about how the vulnerable in the community can get help and how they can get food and medicines delivered.

If you are able to volunteer to help these vulnerable people please get in touch with the town council a clerk@leyburntowncouncil.gov.uk

He added: “We are all living through a situation that most of us thought unthinkable just a few short weeks ago. But if we all work together and follow the advice given then we will get through it.

“I’ve lived in Leyburn all my life and I know how strong this community is and how it pulls together in difficult times, we’ve seen that just recently with the devastating floods last July.”

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