The fishing village, which is divided into two parts by coronavirus rules: residents are baffled because most locals are free to socialize – while a handful on the other side of a FOOTBRIDGE prohibits mixing indoors
- The fishing village of Staithes has been split in two by the controversial Covid-19 rules
- On one side of the river, residents must comply with Tier Two regulations
- But most of the community across the footbridge is in Tier One
A quaint fishing village has been split in two by the controversial Covid-19 rules.
On one side of the river that divides Staithes, residents must comply with Tier 2 regulations, which prohibit indoor social mixing in households.
But most of the tiny community that lives on the other side of the pier is on the less stringent Level One – and can interact with neighbors in local pubs and cafes.
Everything at Sea: Staithes residents are confused
Dividing line: The pedestrian bridge over the river connects the two zones
A one way street sign is pictured south of Staithes Beck in North Yorkshire
The village where Captain Cook was a grocery apprentice in the 18th century is believed to have a little over 100 full-time residents – tourists tend to be far more numerous than them.
There are roughly 40 waterfront houses under the control of Redcar and Cleveland Council in the Teesside area and 100 on the larger Scarborough Council side – where all the cafes and shops are located. Colin Harvey, 66, a retired surveyor, and his wife Angela, 63, agreed the gap was "a joke".
Mr. Harvey, who lives on the second tier side, said, “A lot of people are totally confused, especially since we all have the same TS13 zip code. But it depends who is apparently emptying your trash cans. & # 39;
People walk down the street on the side of the village that stays up and down in Tier 1
The village where Captain Cook was a grocery apprentice in the 18th century is believed to have a little over 100 full-time residents
Lifeboat operator and retired attorney Colin Harris, 59, said, "The problem is, if you create a stupid situation like this, people just won't respect the rules."
Maureen Manship, 77, and husband William, 79, a retired postman, have lived in the village for 67 years and have never known anything like it.
Her house overlooks the footbridge that connects the two sides, and Ms. Manship said the lack of social distancing gives her "Covid anger".
She said, "Three-quarters of people are careful about using the bridge and the other quarter aren't, and that makes me angry."
There hasn't been a Bobby village in Staithes in decades, and without a full-time watch on the bridge there would be no way to enforce the rules if Redcar entered the third tier and Scarborough stayed at the first tier.
There are approximately 40 waterfront houses under the control of Redcar and Cleveland Council in the Teesside area and 100 on the larger side of Scarborough Council
Mr. Harris said, “Any law is a bad law if it is not clear and cannot be enforced.
"It has created a gray area where people are not sure if they are breaking the rules and how to enforce them when the police are confused." Martyn Cowell, 66, a volunteer at the Captain Cook and Staithes Museum on the Scarborough side, said people felt both amused and concerned that part of the community would be classified as higher risk.
"But by and large, I think people feel remarkably safe here," he said.
“Tourism is booming with 100 percent of the holiday homes booked, which is more than normal.
"In a village where everyone knows each other, that feels unreal."