Four Covid fines have been issued in Ripon for indoor gatherings over the past week.

North Yorkshire Police revealed that seven fines were issued in total for Covid rulebreakers from 12th-18th April – four in Ripon and three in Scarborough.

And following an update at today’s Local Resilience Forum briefing (Wednesday 21st April), Police have warned residents against other such ‘high-risk’ activities.

Chief Inspector Charlotte Bloxham, North Yorkshire Police’s operational lead for the Coronavirus pandemic, said:

“In line with the gradual easing of the lockdown, our focus is very much on reacting to high-risk activities such as indoor gatherings.

“It is in such settings that the Coronavirus is most likely to spread, which is why it is so important to keep following the health protection regulations and the guidance around washing hands, wearing face coverings and maintaining social distance.

“Please avoid mixing households indoors, and keep to the “Rule of 6″ or two households when meeting outdoors or in private gardens.”

Police also revealed positive news that the reopening of hospitality venues from Monday 12th April has been successful in terms of incidents.

Chief Inspector Bloxham added:

“Regarding outdoor hospitality, we’ve not had any significant incidents or issues to deal with since it was allowed in the Step 2 changes from Monday 12th April.

“Clearly, our town and city centres are much busier now than they have been in recent times, as well in the tourist spots along the coast and in the countryside.

“We are working alongside our local authority and licensing partners to ensure there is compliance with the Covid-secure measures at pubs and restaurants. This includes the requirement to be seated and keeping to the “Rule of 6” or two households even when outdoors.

“We have the resources and patrols in place to ensure the health protection regulations are maintained as well as our day-to-day policing demands.”

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