Police have issued more than 100 fixed penalty notices for people breaking Covid regulations in the last seven days.
There were 107 issued in total – 57 to residents, and 50 to visitors. That’s more than double the number issued in the first week of the first national lockdown last year.
The biggest number of fines were handed out in Scarborough (49) followed by York (22).
Fixed penalty notices since 6 January
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Superintendent Mike Walker, leading the force’s Covid-19 response, said: “Sadly we are seeing a minority of people flouting the rules and who are making unnecessary journeys into or across the county or who are gathering indoors and holding house parties.
“I cannot emphasis enough the risk this behaviour presents at this current time and I urge people to think about their actions and very carefully consider the decisions they make about leaving home.
“You should only leave home for essential reasons and if you do go out, you should stay local.
“Currently within North Yorkshire and the City of York we have some of the highest infection rates across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
“So it isn’t just about the risk of people bringing the virus in with them. It’s about the risk that you could pick up the virus here and take it home with you, spreading it wider to your family and loved ones.
“So please follow the rules – stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.”