A QUAINT fishing village has been split into TWO coronavirus tiers with one side banned from mixing indoors.

Residents in Staithes, North Yorks., may live a stone’s throw from their neighbours – but thanks to a beck running between their homes they have to abide by different covid restrictions.

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Roxby Beck forms a natural and administrative barrier meaning that one side of the village comes under Redcar and Cleveland Council in Teeside and the other in North Yorkshire.

Locals in Redcar are currently living under Tier 2 restrictions, so they can’t socialise in each other’s homes.

But across the water on the Cowbar Bank side in the borough of North Yorkshire, residents are in more relaxed Tier 1 conditions.

This means you are governed by the nationwide restrictions – like the rule of six and a 10pm curfew for pubs and bars.

Moira Willmott lives on the Redcar side and said some residents forget about social distancing when crossing over.

She told TeessideLive: “People are very bad at it especially when crossing the bridge, it really frustrates me.

“We are happy to share our beautiful village with visitors, but not if they don’t show respect."

People are very bad at it especially when crossing the bridge, it really frustrates me.

Cowbar Bank resident Colin Harrison said the main problem comes when crossing the village’s bridge as it's not wide enough for social distancing.

He said: “With anything if you bring rules in you will always get one or two anomalies or you are going to have a divide like we have with the beck."

“Funnily enough it is the bridge over the beck itself that causes the most problems – it is not two metres wide and for every person who will step aside and let you through, you will always get those who think ‘I am here on holiday and covid does not affect me’ so I will walk straight across.”

On Sunday, 41 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Redcar and Cleveland in 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,735 infections since March.

While there was an increase of 129 in North Yorkshire in the same period, bringing the total number of cases to 5,853.



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