“North Yorkshire is our home not just your playground” - More officials ask day trippers to stay home

Both the Mayor of Filey and North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner have joined in calls urging potential visitors to the area to think again, despite lockdown travel restrictions being lifted.

By Corinne Macdonald
Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 12:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 12:42 pm
North Bay during lockdown. Picture: JPI Media
North Bay during lockdown. Picture: JPI Media

Scarborough councillors have this week been asking people from outside the area to stay home, explaining public toilets, pubs and cafes continue to be closed.

As the Government’s new rules on measures to control coronavirus come into force, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan is also asking potential visitors from outside the county to think carefully about travelling long distances to North Yorkshire in the weeks ahead.

She says there are justifiable concerns from residents, businesses and organisations about the impact of saying everyone can drive as far as they like to outdoor spaces.

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Jacqui Houlden-Banks.

Julia Mulligan said: “Easing the stay at home message was never going to be easy. But now the rules have changed, it is clear we will have more visitors coming to tourist destinations across North Yorkshire.

“We want people to be able to enjoy the countryside for their physical and mental health, but we also need them to be aware that many of the county’s facilities – from shops to cafes, toilets to tourist information, continue to be closed.

“The new rules also present serious challenges for enforcement to make sure visitors are from the same household, observing the rules and not putting communities they visit at risk. Police have done a good job in difficult circumstances to keep us safe in recent weeks.

“All other emergency services, the fire service to ambulance service, mountain rescue to coastguard, will potentially also have to cope with more pressure at a time when they are already stretched by the county’s response to the pandemic.

Julia Mulligan.

“That is why my message to those thinking about travelling long distances to our tourist hotspots in the days and weeks ahead is to stop, think and then think twice.

“Please remember, North Yorkshire is our home not just your playground. We need you to be alert to the risks of coming here, particularly overcrowding in beauty spots, and ask yourselves whether your journey and your visit helps or hinders efforts to control the virus."

Mayor of Filey Jacqui Houlden-Banks reiterated that despite the restrictions being lifted, Filey remains closed.

In a statement she said: "Please be aware that Filey is closed. There are no pubs, restaurants, cafes or amusements open.

"All shops and amenities deemed non-essential also remain closed.

"The car parks and the country park are closed, all public conveniences are closed.

"There are no hotels, guest houses or self-catering properties open.

"Please respect the wellbeing and health of the residents of Filey and we very much look forward to giving you all a warm welcome back to our town when it is safer for us all to enjoy."

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