Stay Alert means Stay Away - for now

The safety of residents remains Whitby Town Council's priority. For now, tourism businesses in Whitby remain closed and we urge everyone to continue to STAY AT HOME and not compromise the safety of others.

People may take exercise, but they must observe social distancing; must only meet one person outside their household group; must observe good hand hygiene and must accept that some public spaces may not be available, because these cannot be used safely.

The Government's detailed plan – OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy makes it clear that there will be no relaxation for the majority of tourism businesses until July.

The plan sets out three steps. Progress will be subject to regular monitoring and review.

Step One: From Wednesday 13 May, as well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors subject to:

  • not meeting up with any more than one person from outside your household;
  • continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household;
  • good hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces; and
  • those responsible for public places being able to put appropriate measures in place to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidance

These measures may come with some risk; it is important that everyone continues to act responsibly, as the large majority have done to date. The infection rate will increase if people begin to break these rules and, for example, mix in groups in parks, which will trigger the need for further restrictions.

Step Two: Includes - Opening non-essential retail when and where it is safe to do so, and subject to those retailers being able to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidelines. The intention is for this to happen in phases from 1 June; the Government will issue further guidance shortly on the approach that will be taken to phasing, including which businesses will be covered in each phase and the timeframes involved.

Step Three: NO EARLIER THAN 4 July - The ambition at this step is to open at least some of the remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close, including personal care (such as hairdressers and beauty salons) hospitality (such as food service providers, pubs and accommodation), public places (such as places of worship) and leisure facilities (like cinemas).

The public open spaces in Whitby are managed, amongst others, by the borough council and the county council. They will be responsible for assessing public safety in line with the new COVID-19 Secure guidelines - when these are published. The Town Council is clear that the government's plan means that there will be no relaxation for the majority of tourism businesses in Whitby until July.

Thank you to everyone for supporting Whitby and North Yorkshire at this difficult time, we can't wait to welcome you all back again, once it's safe to do so and our hotels, pubs, restaurants and attractions are open.

Posted: Mon, 11 May 2020 12:30 by Michael King

Tags: COVID-19