Public urged to follow Covid-19 rules after reports of groups mixing between tables at local venues

Visitors to reopened venues and businesses should continue following coronavirus rules following reports that enforcement is becoming more difficult, the council’s public health boss has said.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 9:45 am

East Riding Council’s Public Health Director Andy Kingdom said businesses told officials compliance with coronavirus rules was generally “very good”.

But he added reports now suggested patrons were mixing more and distancing less as figures showed an increase in cases among 16 to 29 year olds locally since the easing.

It comes as new coronavirus cases overall in the East Riding dropped from 153 recorded from Friday, April 9 to Thursday, April 15 to 118 the following week.

Mr Kingdom said it was “inevitable” that case numbers would go up after restrictions eased and the increase had not yet reached the “surge” levels officials feared.

The director said: “We’ve managed to take the hit of opening up, although new case figures for over 100 are disappointing, I’d like it to be below that now.

“But we haven’t had an exponential rise in cases like we saw in September for example.

“That’s mostly because the majority of people are still following the rules and because of the vaccine rollout.

“Venues are saying it’s becoming more difficult to enforce them now, we’re getting reports of more groups mixing between tables and of patrons not keeping their distance from each other.

“Businesses are under quite strong restrictions at the moment which are in place to keep staff and customers safe.

“The public can help them out by sticking to those rules, otherwise those businesses could face penalties for not complying. People just need to stick to the rules for a little bit longer, by planning ahead and thinking about their limits of acceptable behaviour.”

The director said the council was also drawing up plans for more signage and staff in coastal towns and other destinations as the area enters the traditional holiday season.

He added holidaymakers would be welcome but should organise trips in a “coronavirus safe” way and have a plan b in case the situation begins to worsen.