Scarborough Council urges visitors to avoid busy spots and respect residents over Easter weekend

People thinking of travelling to the coast over the Easter bank holiday weekend are being urged to avoid busy places.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 12:50 pm

Scarborough Borough Council has said it is asking those looking to get out of the house now the Stay at Home order has ended to try and minimise their travel and to move on if they find themselves in a large crowd.

The four-day weekend is likely to lead to people looking to be outside following almost three months of lockdown.

However, those coming to the coast are being asked to be respectful of the residents and other people during their visits.

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Beach goers in Scarborough yesterday (March 30 2020). Picture: JPI Media/ Richard Ponter

A spokesman for the council said: “During this latest phase of easing of the coronavirus restrictions we are promoting the minimise travel message to all audiences, although we recognise there will be people that wish to use their limited travel to enjoy some fresh air on the coast and explore the great outdoors in the North York Moors National Park.

“We are asking potential visitors to respect our communities, the environment and other visitors when they visit, stick to the rule of six or two households, and use facilities safely.

“We are also encouraging them to consider moving on to somewhere quieter should their chosen destination be busy when they arrive, to allow the necessary space for social distancing.”

The council is also planning to use its marshalls to ensure the rules are stuck to by residents, visitors and businesses.

The spokesman added: “Our Covid marshals, which we introduced last year, are patrolling popular areas to support a safe welcome back.

“They are monitoring businesses, visitors and local residents’ compliance with the restrictions. While they have no enforcement powers, they are able to pass on any concerns they have to police colleagues.

“We understand that some of our local communities may be nervous, but with the restrictions easing we all need to come together to ensure we can welcome visitors back safely. We are continuing to work with our partners to deal with any localised issues as best we can should they arise.”