Last week North Yorkshire issued 169 fixed penalties for people breaking COVID-19 rules. People have been travelling from outside of the area to visit its beauty spots. The rule-breaking has led North Yorkshire Police superintendent Mike Walker to warn people “not to travel to the coast” as half-term approaches.
Speaking at a meeting of North Yorkshire’s Local Resilience Forum this morning, he said that the snow hadn’t done anything to lessen the number of breaches. One of which was a “group of 11 people who travelled from Manchester to look at Whitby Abbey” this weekend.
As well as those Walker said: “sadly, a couple of incidents where some pubs decided it would be a good idea to open their doors and welcome customers in to watch rugby or play pool.”
“Also house parties continue to be an issue that officers have to deal with. I can’t stress enough the risk these people are taking.”
Last week SAGE’s Andrew Hayward spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Today’s Programme, telling its listeners: “Once the most vulnerable people, particularly those over 50 and those with chronic illnesses, are vaccinated then yes I think we can see a significant return to normality.”