North Yorkshire Police say they will have officers on patrol in Richmondshire this weekend to ensure people are staying local.
The public is being urged to stay at home and to choose to exercise locally during the current national lockdown.
Richmondshire District Council, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and North Yorkshire Police are reminding people that they everyone needs to play their part to reduce the spread of the highly infectious strain of the virus.
The advice is that residents should not travel out of their local village or town unless absolutely necessary to help restrict the spread of the virus.
Inspector Steve Breen said: “North Yorkshire Police have adjusted their patrol plans to increase their presence and visibility, to provide reassurance to our communities.
“They will be out and about in Craven and Richmondshire this weekend and throughout the lockdown, reinforcing the message to Stay Home and Stay Local.
“This is a difficult time for everyone and we know that the vast majority of people in the districts are making the right decisions for themselves and those that they love.
“If you are thinking about going out of your area, please ask yourself whether your journey is essential.
“Everyone needs to take responsibility for making safer choices – for themselves, their local community and the communities that they may be tempted to visit.”
Under the new national lockdown restrictions, you can leave your home to exercise with your household or support bubble, or one other person.
However, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, officials say you should always stay local – unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work.
Officials say that staying local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.
Leader of Richmondshire District Council, Councillor Angie Dale said: “The number of covid cases is rising dramatically every day and we are told we haven’t reached the peak yet, so it is vitally important that people heed the stay local message,” she said.
“Our beautiful Dales will still be here to visit when this pandemic is over – please do not make unnecessary journeys now and exercise close to your home.”
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is urging everyone to stay home and not to make unnecessary trips to, or around the National Park.
Neil Heseltine, chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said: “The message is clear, stay home, exercise locally, and avoid all unnecessary travel.
“Many people in our communities fall into the most vulnerable category of people. This means:
- No-one should be coming to the national park for recreation or leisure, for example a picnic or a social meeting.
- No-one should travel outside of their local area for exercise.
“The Yorkshire Dales will be here for us all when this is over. It isn’t going anywhere, and neither should you. Please stay home and plan for when local businesses across the Park will be back up and running and delighted to welcome you back.”
National park offices in Bainbridge and Grassington are closed to the public.
National park visitor centres and the Dales Countryside Museum are also closed.
National park car parks, toilets and public rights of way remain open for local people to take exercise, and shop for essentials.
officials say it is important these are not blocked or obstructed.
All Richmondshire District Council run toilets and car parks remain open too.