Shops and businesses across Richmondshire temporarily close due to new restrictions

Shops and businesses across Richmondshire have closed temporarily after the Prime Minister’s latest announcement on the coronavirus.

The Government has told the nation not to leave the house unless it is absolutely necessary.

The further tightening of restrictions already imposed has prompted shops across the district to close.

One of the businesses which has shut is Campbells of Leyburn.

Although it is allowed to remain open, store manager Richard Walker said they were closing in order to put more protective measures in place to protect its staff.

He added: ” We will reopen once we have implemented new measures on the advice of the Government and Costcutter.

“We apologise for this inconvenience but the safety of my staff and our customers is paramount.”

Large high street names including Next at the Prince’s Gate Retail Park.

Other businesses to shut include KFC at Catterick Garrison, McDonald’s and Costa branches in Leyburn, Richmond and Catterick Garrison.

Many independent shops and businesses have also closed temporarily.

These include Arthur Caygill Cycles.

The store said in a post on social media: “We want to thank everyone for their business and support in these difficult times.

“Due to the government’s announcement tonight asking all non essential businesses to close, we will now be closed until further notice. Please stay safe and stay well. We will be back.”

Gibson Tiles in Richmond is another business which has shut.

Owner Jo Gibson said: “After tonight’s announcement I will be closing up the shop tomorrow until further notice.

“Apologies to all but I need to do the right thing to protect us all from this awful virus.”

Visitor attractions have also shut their doors, including the Wensleydale Creamery Visit Centre in Hawes.

The Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes has also shut until further notice.