Public urged to stay local despite restrictions being eased

North Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are urging the public to continue staying local as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

From Monday, people will no longer be asked to “stay home”, with limited contact between different households being allowed and many outdoor activities able to resume.

People will be able to meet outdoors either in groups of six or as two households as of March 29.

This includes meeting in private gardens.

Outdoor sports facilities will also be allowed to reopen and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

Parent and child groups can take place outdoors with a limit of 15, not including children under five.

However, Neil Heseltine, chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said people still needed to heed the Government guidance to stay local, minimise travel and not to stay overnight.

He added: “We’re already looking forward to April 12 when we can all travel more freely, with local hospitality back open and visitors welcome to come and stay.

“In the meantime, we’re asking everyone to stay local and to minimise travel to help keep themselves and our local communities safe so we can move out of lockdown in a planned and considered manner.”

Louise Wallace, North Yorkshire’s director of public health, said the relaxation of restrictions allowed people to meet another household or in groups of up to six people outdoors is welcome.

But she added: “While getting together outdoors is good for our mental health and wellbeing, it is important that we do so safely.

“Follow the rules, maintain social distance and hand hygiene and wear face coverings where required.

“And remember, we still cannot meet anyone from another household indoors. As set out in the Government’s road map, this restriction will not be lifted until May 17 at the earliest.

Chief Inspector Rachel Wood, from North Yorkshire Police, said people must also not “jump the gun” ahead of the easing of restrictions on Monday.

“We’ve seen this already in the last two weekends, where people have reached March 29 before it’s actually arrived and we’re anticipating that will happen again and are planning accordingly.

“So, we’ll be seeing an increased police presence across the county.”

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  1. This story is inaccurate. It has always been legal during the lockdown to travel any distance in England to stay with your linked household (bubble) or to visit to stay and help a vulnerable person.

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