Restaurant-quality meals in your own dining room – that is the new 'normal' for many people on the Yorkshire coast. They are taking advantage of the lockdown offerings from many of the area's top food experts, who have moved their focus from fine dining in hotels and restaurants to preparing artisan breads and pre-prepared meals for people to enjoy in their own homes.
We have joined forces with North Yorkshire Police and HM Coastguard to issue a strong message to stay away from the Yorkshire coast this Easter weekend to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Our message is clear, stay at home and don’t travel to the coast, however tempting it might be.
During the extended weekend all three authorities will be increasing their patrols on access routes and beaches, and in towns and villages, including car parks. Anyone found to be ignoring the instructions will be stopped and told to go home.
We are asking people not to be tempted to light bonfires to get rid of their rubbish during the coronavirus outbreak.
Our environmental health team is asking residents to postpone spring cleans and clear outs until the county council’s household waste recycling centres reopen, put suitable garden waste in their brown bin or consider home composting and ensure their usual recyclable materials are added to their blue bin.
Our staff, including those that work within the White Rose Home Improvement Agency, continue to play a vital role in supporting local communities during the coronavirus outbreak, as part of the partnership with the local voluntary and community sectors and North Yorkshire County Council.
As of Monday 6 April, they have supported more than 150 vulnerable people who have been self-isolating at home during the last two weeks:
• 67 people have received a bespoke shopping delivery
The first businesses across our borough who are eligible for help under the government’s coronavirus support scheme have received their money.
£2.7m has already reached 220 businesses impacted by Covid-19.
We have received reports of people still visiting some of the borough’s villages and using our car parks in those locations. We would like to remind people again to observe the government’s stay at home message.
Cllr Tony Randerson, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:
Residents in the Borough of Scarborough are being given the opportunity to sign up for the latest round of the Big Community Switch and be in with a chance of saving money on their household energy bills. Residents who sign up between 31 March and 19 May will be entered into a competition to win two free tickets for a show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, courtesy of Cuffe and Taylor.
We are emphasising the plea we made last weekend for people to stay away from the Yorkshire coast and stay at home this weekend and for the foreseeable future.
Cllr Liz Colling, Deputy Leader, said:
The huge logistical challenge of co-ordinating North Yorkshire's community response to help those isolated by the coronavirus pandemic has begun, with Scarborough Borough Council playing a vital role, alongside North Yorkshire County Council, other district councils and 23 community organisations the length and breadth of the county who will work with the voluntary sector in their locality.
Commenting on the local support arrangements for the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Liz Colling, our Deputy Leader, said:
It is with regret that we advise you that we and our partners will be unable to host the Armed Forces Day National Event planned for 27 June this year.
We are hoping to reschedule the event and will provide further updates in due course.
The extra pressure placed on ourselves and our colleagues in the emergency and public services at the present time in extreme circumstances means that the planning and staging of such a significant national event is not possible.