By Karen Lie in Yorkshire Coast Radio.
Restrictions on the use of bus passes in North Yorkshire have been relaxed to help pass holders to take advantage of early morning shopping opportunities and medical appointments.
North Yorkshire County Council have temporarily enhanced their National Concessionary Travel Scheme to enable pass holders to use services before 9am. Usually, passes cannot be used between 6am and 9am.
Some stores are now opening early specifically to allow older people to buy essential supplies. Older people are also among those most at risk from Covid-19, so fewer people in shops reduces the risk.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said:
“We fully support the Government’s recommendation that people avoid all but essential travel.
The purpose of the decision is to enable older residents, those who are disabled and their carers, to use their passes for essential journeys and to take advantage of measures like exclusive early morning shopping opportunities being put in place to support them.
We expect a positive response from bus operators.
We’re also aware that they, like many businesses, are facing difficult times, so this may go some way towards supporting them.”
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