North Yorkshire residents are encouraged to keep safe, keep well and keep going following the Government’s decision to postpone the easing of Covid-19 restrictions this week.

Amid concern about increasing cases of the Delta variant and the number of people in hospital, the Government postponed for four weeks the lifting of restrictions on social contact that would have allowed venues and events to operate without capacity limits from 21 June.

In a rallying cry to residents, Louise Wallace, North Yorkshire’s Director of Public Health, says the best way to make the progress we all want to see is to carry on looking out for ourselves and each other.

“There is no doubting the impact of this decision and the disappointment felt by many, but the best response is to continue working together to reduce the spread of the virus.

“To date, the response in North Yorkshire has been excellent. We have fantastic take-up of the vaccine.

“Our best defence is for as many people as possible to be fully vaccinated. Whatever your age or circumstances, when you are offered the chance to have the vaccine, please take it. Be sure to get both jabs, as that’s the only way to ensure maximum protection. That is the best thing we can do.

“In addition, the advice for the Delta variant is the same as for all the variants we have seen. Keep doing the basics – regular hand washing, face coverings, space and fresh air.

“The more we mix, the more potential for the virus to spread, so please be cautious. Meet people outside rather than inside where you can. If you have symptoms, no matter how mild, please book a PCR test and isolate for the full period.

“The increase in cases shows that we still need to be careful, to take responsibility and to be considerate.

“This decision is a setback, but we can come through by working for each other as we have up to now. Keep safe, keep well and keep going.”

Keep a look out on the streets and across the media for our Unlock Summer campaign, which continues as step 3 in the roadmap is extended into July, with reminders of what we can and cannot do over the next four weeks. The campaign reminds people of the restrictions still in place and to keep up with basic preventative measures, hands, face, space and fresh air.

Find the latest Covid information for North Yorkshire, including support available.