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Scarborough Borough Tops Easter Weekend COVID Fines

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 1:07pm

By Matthew Pells with additional reporting from Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporter

Just 11 fines for Covid breaches were handed out over the Easter Bank Holiday in North Yorkshire with 10 of those coming in the Scarborough borough.

North Yorkshire Police say the Easter Weekend saw a very low number of COVID fines issued in the county.

But Superintendent Mike Walker says that once again Scarborough was a particular hot spot for indoor gatherings.

Just 14 COVID breach fines have been issued in North Yorkshire since the easing of lockdown restrictions last week. That figure is downfrom 170 the week before.

11 were issued over the Easter weekend with 10 of those resulting from indoor gatherings in the Scarborough borough

Superintendent Walker added:

“It is pleasing that the rightfully careful and cautious Step 1 of the Government’s road map out of lockdown has gone well in our area.

This is testament to the outstanding partnership working we have in North Yorkshire and the City of York, plus the invaluable support from our communities who have experienced the collective effort to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.

As we move to Step 2 of the road map on Monday April 12, it is now more important than ever to keep following the health protection measures while the vaccination programme is rolled out.

There is still no mixing of households allowed indoors until at least May 17 under Step 3, and the ‘rule of 6’ or two households remains in place regarding outdoor gatherings, including in private gardens.

Our policing teams will be promoting adherence to these rules while on targeted and highly visible patrols.

We will continue to use our ‘4 Es’ approach to engage with the public, explain the regulations, encourage compliance, and enforce only as a last resort when a blatant breach has occurred."

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