North Yorkshire Police plan extra patrols as drinkers get ready for pub return this weekend
Police are stepping up patrols across Scarborough, Whitby and Filey as some pubs and bars open this weekend.
North Yorkshire Police say residents can expect to see more officers on the beat as the force works with other agencies to ensure the reopening passes off safely.
Customers are being advised to check to see if their intended venues are open before they set off, book in advance if required, and remember a face-covering for travelling on public transport.
Drink and drug driving patrols will also be stepped up and drinkers are urged to ensure they have the means to get home safely.
Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker, said: “Firstly, my thanks go to everyone who has stayed at home and allowed us to get to the stage where we can see our communities come back to life, albeit still with some restrictions.
“We understand that it has been difficult for many people both in terms of health concerns and economic concerns.
"As we see our high streets, communities and now licenced venues open up again, we urge people to drink responsibly and respect local residents and their peace and quiet.
"Licensees have had a very difficult few months, please don’t make things worse for your favourite pub or bar by risking their licence through anti-social behaviour or worse.
“Please plan ahead, enjoy our new semblance of freedom and keep in mind the sacrifices that were made to get us to this point.”
Richard Flinton, Chairman of North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum and Chief executive of NYCC, added: “ This is a really important moment for North Yorkshire and York and we have worked hard as a collective with many businesses to help them to prepare for the new measures that must be in place to help them to reopen safely.
“The hospitality industry is worth more than £1.8bn to the economy of North Yorkshire alone and it is very positive to see how carefully the lifting of the lockdown measures are being considered by the many pubs, restaurants and hotels which will start to trade again.
“If we get this right we will manage the risks and be able to enjoy some semblance of normality with our friends and family again – while not spreading the virus.
"So please understand the critical role you each have to play in making sure we contain the virus in our area and return to the new normal as safely as we can.”
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