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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Stay apart. Act responsibly. Save lives.Stay apart. Act responsibly. Save lives.

We'd like to give you a warm welcome to the North York Moors. Most of the National Park will be in Tier 2 from 2 December. Additional restrictions apply to those living in some northern parts of the National Park and other surrounding areas (Tier 3), which you should be aware of. Please do use the postcode search tool to check the alert level for your local area and follow the rules for your tier.

For both Tier 2 and Tier 3, remember, when meeting friends and family in an outdoor public space that you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than six, including children of any age. In all cases, you should social distance from anyone you do not live with or is not part of your support bubble. Government recommends that you keep at least two metres away from people where possible or where this is not possible, one metre apart as well as taking extra steps to stay safe such as wearing a face covering. You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.

Anyone living in Tier 3 should avoid travelling outside your area and reduce the number of journeys you make wherever possible. You must also continue to follow Tier 3 rules if you travel to a Tier 1 or Tier 2 area. You must not stay with anyone you do not live with elsewhere in the UK or visit their home (unless you share a support bubble) or leave a Tier 3 area to stay in a second home.

Before you head out of the door, make sure you Know Before You Go and plan your trip carefully. We've ideas on where to go and we’ve pulled together a map giving you the latest information on which attractions and activity providers are open in the North York Moors area. Remember some visitor attractions in the North York Moors will now be closed for winter as will indoor attractions that are in Tier 3 areas, so please check online to see if the attraction or outdoor space you're planning to visit is open.

For now we must proceed with caution and act responsibly to protect local communities and other visitors. Please help do your bit and thank you for social distancing.

We will be constantly reviewing all government advice and will provide updates here accordingly.


Guidelines for accessing the National Park responsibly #RespectProtectEnjoy

If you're visiting the North York Moors, please follow our guidelines:

  • Stay safe: Public Rights of Way everywhere remain open but we ask you to observe social distancing guidelines. Clean your hands regularly. Bring hand sanitiser for use after touching shared surfaces (gates, stiles etc) and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  • Avoid popular spots: Large gatherings at beauty spots will only make social distancing incredibly difficult. If you arrive at a site that is already busy, go elsewhere or come another time. If car parks are full, remember do not block access for local residents, farm vehicles or emergency services, find an alternative. We have created a list of car parks within the National Park to help when planning your day, and some guidance on finding quieter spots to give you the opportunity to explore somewhere new.
  • Countryside CodeFollow The Countryside Code #RespectProtectEnjoy
    If you do choose to head out into the North York Moors, please make sure that you are following The Countryside Code:
    ➜ Respect other people: consider the local community and other people; park carefully so access to gateways is clear, leave gates and property as you find them; and follow paths
    ➜ Protect the natural environment: leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home; do not have BBQs or fires; keep dogs under control; dog poo - bag it and bin it
    ➜ Enjoy the outdoors: plan ahead and be prepared; follow advice and local signs and stick with social distancing
  • Respect wildlife and livestock: Always keep your dog on a short lead near farm animals, but if cattle act aggressively it is safer if you let it off the lead. Stick to defined routes and keep dogs under close control wherever you are to protect wildlife. If you are driving, please slow down and drive with care on moorland roads as there is very likely to be a sheep or bird wandering around the next bend.
  • Remember wild camping remains illegal: Almost all the land in the National Park is privately owned, and you must get the landowner's permission before camping. Some farmers and landowners may allow camping if you ask them, but if in doubt find an official campsite; there are plenty to choose from.

If you’re unable to venture out to the North York Moors, check out our website for inspiration, including Nature for all, a roundup of all the best ways to appreciate what’s around us and reconnect with nature from the comfort of your home.

National Park Authority services from 2 December

Our reception staff are available to answer telephone queries during office hours (9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). However, our offices are closed to the public unless an appointment has been made in advance.

We are continuing to follow Government advice about home working. Most of our office based staff are therefore working at home and only coming into the office when they need to for specific purposes. Good health and safety precautions have been put in place for staff and visitor to our offices, including hand sanitisers, screens where required and social distancing of 2m to be observed. You can still reach us by email in the usual way on general@northyorkmoors.org.uk.

Planning service

The restrictions in place mean that although we will continue to provide an effective planning service, officers will be unable to meet directly to offer advice, although site visits for applications and enforcement purposes will still be undertaken, with safeguards in place. Further details of the service are available in the Planning service coronavirus webpage.

At the present time, public meetings will still be held remotely using video or telephone conferencing technology. Our Planning Committees are being held virtually where planning applications requiring Member determination are decided.

National Park facilities

In line with Government guidance, all of our car parks and toilets are open. Please check the latest information on our car parks and toilets page.

Both our National Park Centres will be open at Danby, including the Inspired by… gallery (from 2 December) and Sutton Bank (from 3 December), although there are certain restrictions in place. Don't forget, face coverings must be worn throughout the Centres. We won’t be able to provide you with a face covering; please bring your own so you don’t miss out. Our toilets are open but may be at a reduced capacity to assist with social distancing; you may also find them closed for additional cleaning during the day, please be patient.

Park Life Café is operating a limited service at Sutton Bank National Park Centre (open daily 10.30am-4pm). Please follow their one-way system, and stick to social distancing rules and any procedures they have in place. The independently operated Sutton Bank Bikes is also open Friday - Monday (10.30am-4pm) throughout December.

Our exciting Christmas trails are going ahead, following Government guidelines, at both Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centres, from 5 December and running through to 3 January. Both Centres, cafés and Sutton Bank Bikes are closed Christmas Eve/Day, reopening Boxing Day).

Further guidance so you know what to expect before you visit and frequently asked questions regarding our gallery, events and activities are available on the Sutton Bank National Park Centre page and The Moors National Park Centre page.

These measures will remain under constant review.

Volunteering

Our volunteering will start again gradually in a limited way for those volunteers living in Tier 2 areas from 2 December.  Our managers who work with Volunteers will be contacting individuals directly when volunteering tasks are available.

Thank you again for your continued patience and we look forward to continuing to get back to normal volunteering in the North York Moors in spring 2021.


Community support

  • Search our interactive map to find out if your local community has a food delivery or collection service.
  • People in North Yorkshire without access to a support network in urgent need of help, or for signposting someone in need, should get in touch with North Yorkshire County Council’s Customer Service Centre by calling 01609 780780 or find out more on the County Council website.
  • North Yorkshire County Council is urgently looking for additional staff to support vital health and social care services. Find out how to apply.
  • Community First Yorkshire is working with partners to co-ordinate community responses, including connecting local people to volunteering opportunities.
  • Redcar & Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency is acting similarly
  • The Farming Help Partnership – Addington Fund, Farming Community Network (FCN), Forage Aid, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and RSABI, supported by The Prince's Countryside Fund - are working together to support the Farming Community.

General business support

Specific support and advice for the tourism sector

  • Get involved in Project Thrive - we're working with North York Moors Tourism Network on how tourism businesses can develop a stronger off-peak season and what we need to do to target additional markets with product development.
  • Follow the Recovery Marketing Programme run by tourism specialist, Susan Briggs. There is no charge for any of this activity. You can also join the very supportive online Tourism Network community.
  • Apply to our Local businesses tourism contribution grant scheme. Projects could include setting up an event, adapting your offer to enable you to join one of our activity friendly schemes or encouraging off-peak visits. Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
  • VisitEngland Business Advice HubVisitEngland Business Advice Hub Visit England/Visit Britain latest information is specific to the tourism industry. A dedicated page on their Business Advice Hub signposts tourism businesses to the latest Government health advice, how to manage staff, cleaning guidance and financial support.
  • VisitEngland's ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard enables businesses to reassure your customers that you are adhering to Government and public health guidelines and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment. Complete a self-assessment via the online platform to receive a certification for your business and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark to display on your premises and online.
  • Ryedale District Council has pulled together a comprehensive list of support available to tourism businesses.
  • The Visit York Members and Partners web page provides key updates and useful resources.
  • Welcome to Yorkshire's Business Support pages include updates, toolkits and examples of best practice from across the industry
  • We'd love to know if you're a food business operating special services within your local community. Email tourism@northyorkmoors.org.uk to be added to our interactive map.
  • Artisan Whitby have set up a pop-up community initiative to support local artists, artisans and craft producers through creating an online market square. If you make and sell your own produce you can add a listing.

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