Visitors From Tier 3 Areas Banned From Yorkshire Dales Under New Rules

The Yorkshire Dales National Park centres are due to open again this weekend. Popular villages such as Hawes, Aysgarth Falls, Grassington and Malham will all be open to visitors in line with their winter hours. However, according to government guidelines, if you’re in a tier 3 area such as Leeds and Bradford, then you’ll no longer be permitted to visit the Dales.

Dawn as seen from Whernside looking across to Ingleborough

Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, David Butterworth, said: “We would encourage anyone planning a visit to the National Park between now and Christmas to check how the Tier 2 local restrictions affect them, especially for anyone living in Tier 3, where travel outside their area should be avoided.

“Our website has been updated to reflect the new guidelines, and there’s lots of additional information for new and seasoned visitors on staying safe in the National Park during the winter months.

“Finally, the safety of visitors and communities throughout the National Park remains our number one priority, so we would ask everyone to stick to the social distancing rules and to wear a face covering in local shops”.

Government guidelines state that in tier 3 “you should avoid travelling outside your area and reduce the number of journeys you make wherever possible.” It also states that you should avoid travelling outside of a tier 3 area including for overnight stays and other ‘unnecessary’ things. 

Here are the only exceptions for tier 3 travel:

  • for work
  • for education
  • to access voluntary, charitable or youth services
  • because of caring responsibilities
  • for moving home
  • to visit your support bubble
  • for a medical appointment or treatment

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