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COVID-19 Weekend Update

Sunday 5 April, 2020, by Mark Sadler

Despite a handful of people ignoring instructions not to travel, it was generally quiet in the National Park across the weekend.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Ranger Service were once again a visible presence, supporting North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police with their message to stay home and save lives.  

David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said: “Despite the actions of a few, who ignored Government advice and travelled long distances to get here on Sunday, I am very grateful to the huge majority of people who heeded the message to stay home this weekend”.

“People here have listened to Government advice and largely followed it. They shouldn’t be penalised for the actions of others, so I would ask, as we approach the Easter weekend, that everyone continues to heed the restrictions. I know it’s frustrating, particularly when the good weather comes, but the sooner we get on top of the virus the sooner we can return to some kind of normality.”

“It’s vitally important that people continue to follow Government guidance and not make unnecessary trips to, or around the National Park, whether visitor or local”.

Mr Butterworth said: “The Dales will be here for us when all this is over. Stay home and plan your visit for when the restrictions on travel are lifted, and when local businesses will be ready to welcome you”.

Information and guidance continues to be updated online at

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Mark Sadler

Mark is the Communications Manager with the YDNPA.


5 Replies to “COVID-19 Weekend Update”

  1. Bob says:

    Hi can you tell me how was a Cycle Race or a time trial was allowed to come through the Yorkshire Dales on Easter Sunday, when we were under the impression that the police & the National Parks were working together to stop any unnecessary travel

    • Mark Sadler says:

      Hi Bob. We aren’t aware of any cycle event happening in the National Park over the Easter weekend. We certainly would not have condoned such an irresponsible action. Had we, or the Police, come across it, then it would have been dealt with swiftly.

      • Bob says:

        There was the usual touring cyclist’s, but there was also the ones that were racing not in bunches spaced out but with numbers on the back.
        My main question to the parks is, are you going to look into this, because if are not going to, then it’s most Lille you going to happen again

  2. Bob says:

    Hi Mark, Thanks for the reply, another weekend approaching, I will have to see if anything like it happens again, would be handy if I had a contact number to call.

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