North Yorkshire Police has thanked the public for following the Government’s guidance and staying home over the Easter weekend — despite some still breaching the rules.
Officers on patrol across the county reported quieter beauty spots, towns and cities, which would usually be crowded with visitors at this time of year.
However, the force said a a small minority of people continued to ignore the restrictions and the force has responded to reports of groups gathering, including a small number of BBQs and house parties.
A number of people were also stopped for making unnecessary journeys in the Yorkshire Dales.
Unfortunately the roads didn't remain quiet for long. These riders thought they could ride around the Dales whilst responsible members of the public remain indoors. They were wrong. Details recorded, riders warned, sent home and will be given a penalty notice if caught again. pic.twitter.com/wWtY5Or7b4
— CDSOU Police Motorcycles (@Durpol_Bikes) April 11, 2020
Mike Walker, North Yorkshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable and Gold commander leading the response to the outbreak, said: “We know how difficult these measures are for everyone – especially at a time of year when many of us would be seeing our loved ones, spending time with friends or setting off on holidays – but we would like to reiterate our thanks to the majority of people across North Yorkshire, who are making the right decision and staying home.
“However, we urge people to continue following the guidance, to help slow the spread of coronavirus, and support the capacity of our colleagues in the NHS to save lives. This includes not meeting up with other people from outside your household to have barbecues or house parties, even if social distancing is observed.
“Unfortunately, a small minority of people continue to show such a blatant disregard – not only for the Government’s guidance but also for the lives of others, including their own friends and their loved ones.
“Anyone can get it. Anyone can spread it. That is why we need everyone to play their part and help frontline services by staying home and not putting yourself or others at risk. If you have a BBQ or get together with friends or family planned then those plans need to change.
“We’ll be continuing our high-visibility patrols over the weekend and will continue to engage, explain and encourage members of the public to adhere to the guidelines. We will only use enforcement if we have to. Thankfully, the vast majority of people in our communities are taking the measures very seriously.
“The message is clear – stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. Please, do the right thing this weekend. The more we follow the rules, the sooner we can get back to normal. Thank you.” [kofi]