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An open letter from the Chair and the Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

To all those who love the Yorkshire Dales. After the trials and tribulations of a further lockdown, it is a huge relief to be in a position to properly welcome visitors back to the Yorkshire Dales from Monday. As government restrictions begin to ease and all of us are able to do a little more, it’s really important we stay aligned and on board with the Government’s roadmap for moving […]

todayApril 11, 2021 5

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Enjoy North Yorkshire sensibly this Easter

Ahead of Easter bank holiday weekend, visitors to North Yorkshire's coast and countryside are urged to be respectful and responsible and to avoid behaviour that could increase Covid-19 infections and jeopardise further lifting of lockdown restrictions. On Monday (29 March), the 'stay at home' rule ended, but people were encouraged to minimise their journeys. Outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households are allowed, but social distancing rules […]

todayApril 1, 2021 6

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Harrogate chef cooks up Covid success story

A Harrogate chef famed for his luxury private home dining service has cooked up a Covid success story by 'taking to the streets' for a new catering venture. And so popular is Whaheed Rojan's Asian Street Food Shack - situated in a car park on Harlow Hill - that it is now attracting customers from as far afield as Leeds, Skipton and Wetherby to sample his authentic dishes. Seven years […]

todayMarch 30, 2021 25

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One year into the Covid crisis, Hambleton District Council (HDC) remains determined to support residents and businesses in recovery. Over the last year the council has played a hands-on role in ensuring businesses get the vital financial support needed to survive the Covid crisis as well as ensuring residents and visitors could enjoy our market towns whenever possible, as safely as possible. With an unprecedented number of government grants available […]

todayMarch 25, 2021 4

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Don’t be tempted to stray from road map

As the next phase of lifting lockdown restrictions takes place from Monday, 29 March, people in North Yorkshire and York are being reminded just how important it is not to stray from the road map. From 29 March, outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households will be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside, including in private gardens. Social distancing rules remain in […]

todayMarch 25, 2021 8

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Students continue testing for coronavirus with home kits, following return to school

Secondary school-aged pupils are being encouraged to continue testing for covid with their home testing kits, as all year groups have now fully returned to the classroom. The vast majority of secondary-age students have been taking part in onsite lateral flow tests for coronavirus in their schools over the past two weeks, to enable a staggered return to face-to-face teaching until March 15. As this week of schooling begins, all […]

todayMarch 22, 2021 3

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County takes time to pause one year on from first lockdown

The last twelve months have been unlike any other year in living memory. Since the start of the first Covid-19 lockdown on 23 March 2020, North Yorkshire – like the rest of the United Kingdom and the world – has seen its share of tragedies and challenges, but also tremendous resilience and community spirit. On Tuesday, March 23, everyone is invited to take part in a national day of reflection […]

todayMarch 20, 2021 5

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Outdoor dining here to stay, as DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa prepares for return of popular ‘Pavilion’

Harrogate’s DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa will be bringing back its popular ‘pavilion’ next month (Monday, April 12) when outdoor eating and drinking is once again permitted. And according to General Manager Andy Barnsdale, al fresco entertaining is here to stay – even during the winter. The marquee, positioned adjacent to Frederick’s Terrace within the Victorian hotel’s landscaped grounds, was a huge hit with residents and visitors when […]

todayMarch 17, 2021 18

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Parents urged to help keep COVID at bay, as North Yorkshire and York schoolchildren return

Health leaders in North Yorkshire and York have welcomed the return of thousands of children to school classrooms. Schools are now open to all children – not just children of key workers – and there a raft of measures in place, including enhanced daily cleaning, new rules around face coverings and regular COVID testing for pupils. There’s further information about the steps being taken to keep schools safe on the […]

todayMarch 16, 2021 5