County chief warns Euros fans to 'be Covid-safe' as cases double across North Yorkshire

People gathering in homes or bars to watch the European football championships are being reminded to remain Covid safe as infection rates continue to rise in in North Yorkshire.

In an email to residents last night, North Yorkshire County Council’s chief executive, Richard Flinton urged people to continue to guard against the virus as England get set to play Scotland tomorrow night.

Mr Flinton wrote: “This week we find ourselves remaining on Step 3 of the Government’s road map out of pandemic restrictions, with Step 4 delayed for a month.

“We can see the sense in this when we consider cases across North Yorkshire almost doubled in the last week to 45 per 100,000. While none of us wanted this delay, we must respond, as before, with confidence and care for each other.

Scarborough's seven day rate per 100,000 has risen slightly to 18.

“Be confident in the vaccine. Please, when offered your first or second jab, take it. This is our best defence against Covid-19. Also keep practising the basics – hands, face, space and fresh air – which are vital in keeping us safe.

“That said, we can still enjoy ourselves. Sunshine is here and so is the European Football Championship. England made a good start, as did Wales. Scotland less so, but let’s hope they progress.

“If you watch the Euros in a bar, be Covid-safe and consider the staff, who are trying to keep us all safe, too. Let’s celebrate and support our businesses and visit the shops and businesses that go the extra mile to be Covid-safe.”

Scarborough's seven day rate per 100,000 is now at 18, the lowest rate in the county but up for the second day running.