North Yorkshire residents reminded about isolation rules

Residents in North Yorkshire have been reminded that they must still isolate if they have any Covid-19 symptoms.

North Yorkshire County Council chief executive Richard Flinton made the plea in his weekly update to residents in the authority’s news bulletin.

Mr Flinton said that people must still be mindful of others despite isolation rules changing.

He wrote: “Government guidelines on self-isolating have now changed with people who have been fully vaccinated no longer needing to self-isolate 14 days after their second dose.

Despite the lifting of some restrictions on self-isolating, we ask that people are still mindful of others and remember the guidance that is still in place. This includes self-isolating and getting a PCR test if you have any covid symptoms – even if you have had both doses of the vaccine – and continuing with basic but important hygiene measures such as hand washing.

“In North Yorkshire, 514,000 people have now had their second dose of the vaccine and 75% of 18 to 29 year olds have had their first dose of the vaccine.

“The vaccination of 16 and 17 year olds has also now begun with 18% in the county already vaccinated with their first dose. This is great progress and we hope to see this number climb even higher as weeks go on.”

Ryedale continues to have the highest infection rate of any of the county’s districts with a figure of 334 per 100,000 people.

Selby is second at 324 with both being above the average for England, which now stands at 315.

Harrogate is next on 314 followed by Richmondshire (287), Scarborough (283) and Craven (261).

Hambleton has the lowest rate in the county at 228.