National park bosses said people should not travel to the Dales from tier-three areas. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

National park bosses said people should not travel to the Dales from tier-three areas. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

National park bosses in the Yorkshire Dales have issued updated advice after the introduction of a tier system of restrictions in England.

The Dales’ two authority areas, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, fall into tier-two coronavirus categories of high alert.

The national park is bordered by three areas in the very high alert category of tier three: West Yorkshire, Lancashire and Durham.

David Butterworth, chief executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “We would encourage anyone planning a visit to the national park between now and Christmas to check how the tier-two local restrictions affect them, especially for anyone living in tier three, where travel outside their area should be avoided.

Our website has been updated to reflect the new guidelines, and there’s lots of additional information for new and seasoned visitors on staying safe in the national park during the winter months.

“Finally, the safety of visitors and communities throughout the national park remains our number one priority, so we would ask everyone to stick to the social distancing rules and to wear a face covering in local shops.”

The authority said national park centres at Aysgarth Falls, Grassington, Hawes and Malham will re-open at weekends, in line with the centres’ normal winter opening hours. The Dales Countryside Museum at Hawes will also re-open.

North Yorkshire Police said people living under tier-three restrictions are advised to travel outside their area only for specific reasons.

Superintendent Mike Walker, the force’s lead for covid response, said: “I would encourage residents to consult the relevant government guidance for their area and ensure they are aware of what they can and can’t do.

“Those living in tier-three areas are advised not to travel out of the area unless it is necessary, such as for work or education. I realise there may be some confusion over what is deemed necessary in these circumstances, so I’d like to be clear here: it is neither necessary or acceptable to leave a tier-three area and enter a lower-tier area for a day trip or to visit a pub or restaurant for a meal.

“Please also be reminded that your tier restrictions travel with you and police can take enforcement action against you if you should breach those restrictions.

“To those living in tier-three areas, please do not try to side-step the tighter restrictions in your area by visiting neighbouring tier-two areas for a day or night out. If you do, you may inadvertently bring the virus in with you and increase the chance of transmission to local residents.

“North Yorkshire Police will be actively patrolling and will have an increased presence in these border areas and we will be policing the coronavirus regulations. Our safety camera fleet, which are equipped with ANPR, will also be visible along various routes into the region.

“North Yorkshire is well-known for its hospitality and warmth, but right now we have to ask visitors to stay in their own tier area for the health and safety of our most vulnerable residents. If you have a visit planned, please reschedule to a time where we are able to give you a proper welcome to our beautiful county.”

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