Scarborough borough tops more than 630 Covid fines ahead of roadmap change next week

Eight coronavirus fines were handed out in Scarborough at the weekend after police were called to an indoor gathering.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 11:26 am

The eight were the only fines handed out anywhere in North Yorkshire in the last week as the lockdown restrictions continue to be eased.

Since the start of the third lockdown in January more than 630 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued in the Scarborough borough for breaches of the Covid-regulations.

The figure is more than double that of York, the next highest hotspot.

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Eight coronavirus fines were handed out in Scarborough at the weekend.

Chief Inspector Charlotte Bloxham, North Yorkshire Police’s operational lead for the Coronavirus pandemic, revealed the latest issue on the coast.

She said: “It is very pleasing that the roadmap out of lockdown is going according to plan and we can move with confidence to Step 3 on Monday.

“This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people; the Rule of Six or two households will be introduced for indoor settings; pubs and restaurants will be able to provide indoor hospitality within the Covid-safe guidelines; and people will be able to stay overnight at hotels and other accommodation.

“It is still important to keep following the key safety measures of washing hands, wearing face coverings, maintaining social distance when out in public or using public transport, and getting as much fresh air into your lungs and home as possible.

“The police will only take action against those who blatantly flout the health protection regulations. In the past week, we have only had to issue eight fixed penalty notices which all related to an indoor gathering in Scarborough at the weekend.

“Our officers and staff will continue to provide a reassuring presence in our communities, especially in those locations which are expected to be very busy with tourists.

“On Monday, we are about to reach a significant point in the easing of the restrictions. We can see the Step 4 finishing line ahead of us on June 21, when it is hoped all remaining restrictions will be lifted.

“It is a time for cautious optimism, but it is also a time to be sensible and to behave in a responsible way.

“We must not jeopardise the many months of collective effort, struggle and sacrifice which has brought us ever closer to a more normal way of living.”