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Government advice on staying home and self-isolating

The government has announced a three-tier lockdown system which has been introduced to try to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Each area is classified as being on medium, high, or very high alert.

Click this link to find out more about the three-tier system.

Ryedale is currently classed as a medium risk area. This means that the rule of six applies both indoors and outdoors. 

Pubs, bars and restaurants will have to close at 22:00.

The Government is also advising that you should:

  • Regularly wash your hands 
  • Wear a face mask, or covering in indoor premises where required, as well as in busy places outdoors
  • When you are out and about, please stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times. 

If you, or someone in your household, is showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new, persistent cough and/or a high temperature) you must self-isolate.  The guidance on self-isolating can be found here

Following good respiratory hygiene is extremely important, and can reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The NHS guidance on how to stop infection spreading, and what to do if you think you have symptoms, can be found here

Winter events

Hallowe'en, Bonfire NIght and Remembrance Sunday will be affected by COVID-19 and we're encouraging residents to get the balance right between protecting people from the spread of the coronavirus and ensuring that you can still enjoy yourself. 

The rules that keep us safe from COVID-19 every day apply just as strongly to the winter events we normally celebrate. Stick to the rule of six, indoors and outdoors – and remember that school bubbles do not apply outside school. Maintain social distancing, wear a face covering in any busy place, inside or out, and wash your hands regularly. Remember to take hand sanitiser if you go out.


If people decide to go out on 31 October, you must follow these safety measures.

However, to reduce the risk to children and others and to combat the rise in infections, it is recommended that people do not go knocking on doors on Hallowe’en or collect sweets from communal bowls.

There are many alternatives that mean you can still enjoy a memorable evening, including:

  • Be creative: create a pumpkin trail where you live so everyone can join in without knocking on doors.
  • Be active: get dressed up and take a walk around your neighbourhood to see homes decorated for Halloween.
  • Be virtual: consider an online party with decorations, fancy dress and themed food. Play Hallowe’en games, bake Hallowe’en treats or tell spooky stories.
  • Be social: take pictures of your spooky costumes and activities to share on social media.
  • Be colourful: dress up the outside of your house with Halloween decorations for you and your neighbours to enjoy.
  • Be treat-wise: buy your own sweets to give to your children so they don’t miss out.
  • Be bright: if you carve a pumpkin, use a battery-powered light inside it to reduce the risk of fire.

Remembrance Sunday

You are being encouraged to mark Remembrance Sunday on 8 November in a personal way at home.

Restrictions in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic mean that events to mark the occasion will involve small, socially distanced wreath-laying ceremonies rather than the familiar parades and large public gatherings.

We understand how important the act of Remembrance is to so many people. Remembrance Sunday is a time of quiet, personal reflection and while we won’t be able to mark it in the usual way, we can all still take that time to consider the sacrifice of those who have lost their lives in war.

People are advised not to attend a wreath-laying ceremony. Some ceremonies will be streamed online, so please check with local organisations to see whether this is happening near you.

Otherwise, you can watch the national ceremony on television or observe two minutes’ silence at 11am in your home or on your doorstep with neighbours, making sure you remain socially distanced.

Anyone who does stop to watch a ceremony while out must observe the rule of six and social distancing rules. You should expect to be asked by event organisers for contact details to enable track and trace if necessary.


Where to get help with your shopping and medicines

If you are over 70, pregnant or have an under-lying health condition, you may be more susceptible to COVID-19 and may need to self-isolate.  If you need help to get groceries or collect medications, you should:

  • Ask family, friends and neighbours first
  • If they can't help, get in touch with local groups (eg charities, church organisations) that you know and trust
  • If you don't have anyone who can call - don't worry.  Call 01609 780 780 and they will put you in touch with local support

Read our leaflet on where to get help, volunteering and common sense things you should do to protect yourself.

Ryedale District Council COVID citizen leaflet (PDF 204 kb)


Domestic abuse

Sadly, the police expect there will be an uplift in the amount of domestic violence and abuse during COVID-19.   If you become a victim of domestic abuse - don't suffer in silence.  There is help and support available.   You can contact:

The Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS).

  • 24hr Helpline 03000 110 110 - see updated information below re. COVID-19
  • Live chat for all 3pm - 6pm Monday to Friday, visit idas.org.uk
  • Live chat for professionals 10am - 12noon Monday to Friday, visit idas.org.uk

This leaflet tells you about the services that IDAS can provide:

IDAS services (PDF, 1 page, 94kb)

IDAS also have some frequently-asked questions about protecting yourself from domestic abuse.

IDAS FAQs leaflet (PDF, 6 pages, 240kb)


This is a useful booklet for teenagers who are displaying abusive behaviours in their intimate relationships. It helps them address their behaviour.

If you're a key worker and you support someone at risk of domestic violence, there is guidance for frontline staff in this booklet here


Other places that can help:

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Taking care with people coming to your home

Most people are honest and fair dealing, and genuinely only want to help. But it is worth taking a bit of extra care when dealing with people visiting your home, who you don’t know.

Here are some common-sense things you should do:

  • If someone says they are from a charity, or support organisation, ask for ID
  • Take a moment to think before parting with any money or personal information
  • Do not give strangers bank cards or PIN numbers
  • Be aware of people offering or selling virus testing kits (these are only available from the NHS), vaccines or cures, overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from the coronavirus, paid-for shopping or medicine collection, or home cleaning
  • Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

If you have any concerns about someone calling at your home, call the police on:101 (or 999 if you feel threatened or in immediate danger)

For information about the support you can get from community groups, click here


Contact us

Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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