North Yorkshire Police and North York Moors’ Weekend Message
North Yorkshire Police, North York Moors National Park Authority and Cleveland Police have issued a message for those planning to visit this weekend.
To help maintain social distancing, the three authorities are urging everyone to act responsibly this weekend by avoiding large gatherings or by continued use of open spaces near to people’s homes.
At present most facilities in the North York Moors, including toilets, are closed and relaxation of restrictions on the tourism industry are not planned until July at the earliest.
Outdoor exercise is only allowed if people are abiding by social distancing rules, which includes staying two metres apart from anyone not in your own household.
Andy Wilson, Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority said:
“If large numbers of people congregate in the same locations this weekend it will be impossible to maintain social distancing. You will then be putting your own lives and the lives of others at risk. This cannot happen.
If you see lots of parked cars or people at a particular location, please go elsewhere.
Some people have really struggled to access open spaces since the lockdown began so it is vital that they are able to get out for both their physical and mental health, but if you can still use open spaces near to your own homes this would help keep numbers down at popular beauty spots.
The North York Moors will still be here when this is all over so for now: Stay apart. Act responsibly. Save lives.”
Both North Yorkshire Police and Cleveland Police have echoed a similar message.
Assistant Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Mike Walker, said:
“As we move into a new phase of eased restrictions and many of us are now able to spend more time outdoors, personal responsibility is now key.
Please think carefully about where you are going and how you will be able to keep your distance from others.
Please keep in mind the purpose of the regulations and the national effort to protect the NHS and save lives.
As we have seen over the past eight weeks, the overwhelming majority of people have followed the guidance and helped to save lives.
Please don’t jeopardise the progress and the sacrifices that have been made to get to this stage.”
Chief Superintendent Thom McLoughlin, Head of Local Policing at Cleveland Police, added:
“We continue to police according to the national guidance and continue to ask our communities to abide by all the Government advice to stay alert, stay at home as much as possible, work from home if you can, limit contact with other people, keep your distance if you go out and wash your hands regularly.
It’s very important that people listen to the very clear message coming from North York Moors National Park Authority who are urging everyone to maintain social distancing and to consider the impacts of not doing so on local communities and visitors.
These messages have a very clear purpose; to help stop the spread of COVID-19, to protect our NHS and to save lives.”
The National Park Authority is now carrying out a phased reopening of some of its car parks and public toilets in line with Government guidance.
This included the reopening of car parks at Newton under Roseberry, Sutton Bank and Saltergate on Wednesday (13 May). The toilets at Sutton Bank will be open from Saturday but at a reduced capacity. Visitors are advised to plan their day accordingly. These measures will remain under constant review.
The Government has also stated that leaving your home to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose is not allowed. This includes visiting second homes, mobile homes, camping and motorhomes.
If you would like to learn more about what you can and can’t do as part of the recent changes in the Government’s guidance please visit the Government’s website here.
The National Park also remains on fire alert and so no one should be lighting fires or BBQs in the open countryside. Such actions would also put unnecessary strain on the emergency services as they combat the coronavirus.
To stay updated with the latest actions the Authority has taken in response to the coronavirus please visit: northyorkmoors.org.uk/coronavirus