Nine pictures which show what an extraordinary Bank Holiday this has been

The A64 near Malton on Good Friday morning. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police on Twitter
10 Apr 2020 @ 5.58 pm
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It would have been impossible to imagine a short time ago.

A warm, sunny Bank Holiday – and the roads to the North Yorkshire coast empty of cars.

Normally at this time there would be jams as families head to Scarborough, Filey and Whitby.

The York riverside on Good Friday afternoon. Photograph: farsondigitalwatercams.com

But as the top picture, showing the A64 near Malton this morning, demonstrates this is no ordinary Bank Holiday.

Pictures from across York and North Yorkshire shows most people heeding the message to stay home this Easter.

Webcams showed the roads almost traffic free, from Sutton Bank to the A19 at Riccall.

In York Kings Staith on Good Friday would normally have been heaving with people enjoying a drink in the sunshine. But a webcam on The Lowther showed the banks of the River Ouse deserted.

Police patrolling York and the wider county found few people flouting the social distancing rules, and tweeted their thanks.

York South tweeted: “York racecourse and Bishopthorpe cycle patrols completed, the majority of people out and about are getting their exercise.

“I have spoken and dispersed a couple of groups on the racecourse not exercising.”

Gallery

Knavesmire, York. Photograph: NYP York South on Twitter
Woodthorpe, York. Photograph: NYP York South on Twitter
Hardly anyone on the beach at Scarborough. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police on Twitter
The A19 at Riccall. Photograph: North Yorkshire County Council webcams
Sutton Bank. Photograph: North Yorkshire County Council webcams
Rufforth. Photograph: NYP York South on Twitter
Rosesale Chimney Bank on the North York Moors. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police on Twitter