Indoor gatherings are still the main reason why North Yorkshire Police are issuing covid fines. During last week (5-11 April), 48 Fixed Penalty Notices were handed out by officers – 39 in Scarborough, 7 in Ryedale and 2 in Hambleton.
There were none in York or Selby.
So far, Police have not had to issue any since the move to Step 2 of the roadmap on Monday (12 April).
Chief Inspector Charlotte Bloxham, North Yorkshire Police’s operational response lead for the Coronavirus pandemic, said:
“My overriding plea is for everyone to keep following the health protection regulations and the hands, face, space and fresh air safety measures, to help keep the Roadmap Out of Lockdown on track.
“The gradual easing of the lockdown is very much welcomed. Our policing teams will continue to play their part, alongside our community partners, to keep people safe as we move towards a more normal way of living.
“We can reach this goal by working together. As we’ve said before, we’ve got to keep this effort going until the pandemic is under control. We’re heading in the right direction but we’re not there yet.”
Drink Driving Campaign started
Chief Inspector Charlotte Bloxham reminded people that just this week, North Yorkshire Police has launched an operation targeting drink-driving to coincide with the opening of outdoor hospitality.
They are also involved in promoting the new Counter Terrorism Policing’s “Easing Lockdown Vigilance Campaign” to raise awareness about such threats in crowded locations.