Ahead of the weekend, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is once again urging the public to heed Government advice to stay home and avoid all unnecessary travel.
David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said:
“People must not be making unnecessary trips to, or around the National Park. In particular, exercise should be done locally, and people should not be making special journeys to access the countryside. Our Ranger Service will once again be supporting North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police in the National Park over the weekend, encouraging people to heed this advice”.
National Park Offices, Visitor Centres, car parks and toilets are all closed, while public rights of way remain open for local people to take exercise, and shop for essentials. It is important these are not blocked or obstructed. Where rights of way pass close to, or through residential and agricultural properties, Government advice regarding social distancing and hand washing should be strictly adhered to.
Mike Walker, Assistant Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police said:
“If we continue to follow the guidance to stay home, we will continue to see a slowing in the spread of COVID-19, meaning the virus will be beaten all the sooner. That’s why we are again asking residents of North Yorkshire and those who live outside the area, but love to visit, to please work with us and stay home this weekend”.
Cumbria Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Michelle Skeer said:
“When leaving home, we need to continue to do what is necessary and reasonable and this includes where we exercise. Now is not the time for people to be travelling to Cumbria to exercise in our rural communities or visit the National Parks. I am pleased that most people understand this”.
Information and guidance continues to be updated online at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk