Visitors to the Yorkshire Dales are being urged to stay away from local shops and businesses following last night’s announcement from the Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson told the nation that the public was now allowed unlimited exercise out of their homes and could travel to exercise.
Until now visitors had been discouraged from travelling to the countryside, including the Yorkshire Dales National Park, by car.
While the full details of the Government’s updated guidance have not yet been revealed in a 50-page document due to be released later today, it is likely yesterday’s statement could lead to large numbers of people travelling into the national park to walk and cycle.
Figures released last week show that at least 16 people have died from Covid-19 in Richmondshire.
And Upper Dales county councillor Yvonne Peacock said there was still concern that the virus would claim more lives after being spread by visitors.
She urged both locals and visitors to maintain social distancing when leaving their homes.
She added: “There are still fears that people will come into the Dales and bring the virus with them.
“Therefore what we hope to see happen is that those coming in stick to the rules and also don’t go into the shops that locals use.
“Everyone – locals and visitors – needs to keep two metres apart.”
Hawes and High Abbotside district councillor Jill McMullon said there was a lot of unease at the updated advice in the communities she represents.
“We’ve spent six weeks telling people to stay away and now people have been given pretty much an open invitation to come to the Dales.
“The prime Minister also didn’t say anything about second homes – are they too going to be allowed to come?”