Scarborough takes steps towards 'new normal' - here are some of the ways it is opening up

Scarborough’s first step towards its “new normal” begins today as shops open up across the borough.

Scarborough gets back to 'new normal'

For the first time since March’s lockdown, non-essential stores will be able to welcome back the public, albeit at a socially distanced level.

Scarborough Council has installed 30 hand sanitiser stations across Scarborough, Whitby and Filey and ambassadors are being employed to operate in the town centres and busy seafront areas to offer advice and help businesses and customers.

Car parks in the borough will also once again become paid for from today, with only NHS and critical care staff, NHS coronavirus volunteers, and social care key workers exempt.

The enforcement of beach dog bans, which have been temporarily suspended since May 1, will also commence from today and will continue to the end of September when the usual bathing season finishes.

Cllr Liz Colling, Scarborough Borough Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, said the town was approaching its “new normal”.

She said: “Many local retail businesses are pulling out all the stops to be ready to open safely and we are doing everything we can to support their efforts.

“The package of measures we are introducing are designed to support retailers and their customers to get back to trading and shopping as soon as possible and operate in a safe way to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“We know we are at the start of a long road, but we are committed to working with businesses and our partners to progress the economic recovery of our borough in the months ahead.”