As the next phase of lifting lockdown restrictions takes place from Monday, 29 March, people in North Yorkshire are being reminded just how important it is not to stray from the road map.

What changes from 29 March?

From 29 March, outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households will be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside, including in private gardens. Social distancing rules remain in place.

Outdoor sports facilities will be allowed to reopen and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports. Parent and child groups can take place outdoors with a limit of 15, not including children under five.

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end, but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise their journeys. Travel abroad will still be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed.

What’s the advice?

We are urging people not to overstep the mark.

Louise Wallace, North Yorkshire’s Director of Public Health, said: “The relaxation of restrictions to allow us to meet another household or in groups of up to six people outdoors is welcome. After the tough restrictions and long winter, being able to meet friends or family outdoors will do us all good.

“But while getting together outdoors is good for our mental health and wellbeing, it is important that we do so safely. Follow the rules, maintain social distance and hand hygiene and wear face coverings where required.

“And remember, we still cannot meet anyone from another household indoors. As set out in the Government’s road map, this restriction will not be lifted until 17 May at the earliest.

“Infection rates are still too high and unnecessary social mixing will spread the virus and undo everyone’s hard work. Please remain vigilant and keep sight of our goal. Let’s keep going, so that we can come out of lockdown rather than going back into it.”

It is important to remember that if you do travel, many facilities will not be open. We don’t expect many public toilets to be open and eating places can be used only as takeaways. Hand hygiene facilities will be limited. Outdoor hospitality will not open before 12 April.

To prevent overcrowding, please think twice about visiting tourist hotspots. If you arrive somewhere and find it busy, consider returning another day or going somewhere else nearby.

Behave how you would like others to behave – park thoughtfully and take your litter home.

Louise added: “While there is not a limit on how far you can travel, we’re asking people to be sensible about what’s appropriate. Let’s use our North Yorkshire common sense.”

Find Covid-19 information for North Yorkshire.

See the full Government road map.