Yorkshire news Extreme face mask rules for North Yorkshire as full emergency declared MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - A major warning has been issued to all residents
Breaking News ! Residents in Scarborough are being asked to wear face coverings when they leave the house as rising coronavirus rates continue across the borough. A stark warning has been issued by North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (NYLRF), which says that infection rates are going up across the borough but particularly in Scarborough and Selby. The NYLRF, which includes the emergency services, local authorities and the NHS, is issuing a call for people to be vigilant as cases have more than quadrupled over the last fortnight. In Scarborough, plans are being put in place to restrict visits to care homes if required and warnings have been issued that there is evidence of increased community transmission in Whitby. The NYLRF has now said it is reinstating its full emergency mode. On the whole of the Scarborough and Selby districts, people are asked to exercise extra vigilance in maintaining hand hygiene and social distancing, use face coverings when leaving home while circulating infection levels are increasing and to avoid large groupings of over 30 people. Events organisers are asked to re-think any indoor or outdoor events that involve more than 30 people. And residents are asked to take extra care when leaving home if you have an underlying health condition or have been advised to shield. Richard Flinton, chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council and chairman of NYLRF said: "Together, over the last six months, all of us who live and work in North Yorkshire have made a huge effort to prevent and reduce the spread of Covid-19 locally. Scarborough has had issues with social distancing throughout the summer "We thank everybody again for their many sacrifices. However, as we have seen nationally and around the world, cases are rising again and the threat of the virus is a real and present danger. "In North Yorkshire we have remained at a high level of alert since lockdown eased and we have monitored and managed outbreaks where they have happened very successfully with Test and Trace. "We have secured good access to reliable PPE kit, supported individuals, communities, care services, schools, businesses and the county’s more frail residents.
. We know how quickly infection rates can change and we are calling on the whole county to act now with us in response. "Please show extra restraint and caution and to take additional actions above and beyond those required nationally to help us try to avoid another lockdown here." Superintendent Mike Walker, gold commander for North Yorkshire Police’s response to Covid19, and the chairman of the North Yorkshire Strategic Coordination Group, added: “This week we have seen the introduction of the new ‘rule of six’ nationally, in response to the rise in positive cases across England.
The pandemic has cost Scarborough Borough Council more than £10 million so far
"We have taken a number of measures to reassure the public that we understand how important sticking to the covid rules are to protect our residents, communities and economy.
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"This now includes having dedicated patrol cars out and about, crewed by officers who will use the tried and tested ‘four Es’ process where they will engage with groups who are not following the rules, explain what the rules are and encourage them to follow them, only using enforcement as a last resort." The group has admitted that there are currently issues getting tests across the county, a situation that is being played out across the country.
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Dr Lincoln Sargeant, director of Public Health for North Yorkshire, said: "There are significant limitations with laboratory capacity nationally, as demand for tests increases. We know that Government is working to address this situation but, in the meantime, it means that fewer test appointments are available and test results are taking longer to be processed. "This issue is a national one and outside of our control. We have escalated our concerns nationally and we are targeting our local testing facilities towards the communities and people in greatest need."
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