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COVID-19 Bank Holiday Weekend Update

Thursday 7 May, 2020, by Mark Sadler

Ahead of the first May Bank Holiday weekend the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is once again asking that, for the safety of local communities, people stay home, protect the NHS, and save lives.

David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said:

“We have already begun planning for the moment when the countryside will once again be open to all, and how we keep our communities and visitors safe. But for now, and certainly for this weekend, please stay home, exercise locally, and plan your visit for when the restrictions on travel are lifted.

“Many in our community fall into the most vulnerable category of people. Please respect that and visit the Park when travel restrictions are lifted”.

North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police, supported by the National Park ranger service, will be stopping and checking vehicles to ensure they are on essential journeys. Travelling to exercise is not considered an essential journey.

Current government guidance applies:

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.
  • you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • you should not gather with more than two people who aren’t from the same household in parks or other public spaces.
  • if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
  • if walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should walk your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others.

The latest information on COVID-19 and the National Park is here

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Mark Sadler

Mark is the Communications Manager with the YDNPA.


One Reply to “COVID-19 Bank Holiday Weekend Update”

  1. Kay Traves says:

    We visit Askrigg 2or 3 times a year and have visited the beautiful Dales every year for the past 30 years. We are booked for 2 weeks from 20th June and we are praying that we will still be able to come. We respect very much your request for staying at home and hope everyone stays safe and well.

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