North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (NYLRF) are urging residents not to stray from the roadmap ahead of the next phase of the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

As of Monday 29th March, outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households will be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

And although the ‘stay at home’ rule will end, NYLRF, which brings together councils, emergency services and health organisations to tackle the pandemic, is urging people not to overstep the mark.

Louise Wallace, North Yorkshire’s Director of Public Health, said:

“While getting together outdoors is good for our mental health and wellbeing, it is important that we do so safely. Follow the rules, maintain social distance and hand hygiene and wear face coverings where required.

“Infection rates are still too high and unnecessary social mixing will spread the virus and undo everyone’s hard work. Please remain vigilant and keep sight of our goal. Let’s keep going, so that we can come out of lockdown rather than going back into it.”

Whilst some rules will be relaxed, working from home where possible will still be encouraged and travelling abroad will still be prohibited.

Superintendent Mike Walker, North Yorkshire Police lead for the force’s Covid response, said:

“We expect normal policing demand to increase as the regulations are further relaxed, therefore North Yorkshire Police will utilise the Government’s surge funding provided to ensure we can respond to the public as they would expect.

“My plea to everyone is to be extremely careful and to keep following the regulations until it is safe to resume a more normal way of living – we have come too far and made too many sacrifices for this effort to be wasted now.”

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