Residents living in the Peak District are 'scared to go out and do their shopping' due to the sheer volume of tourists visiting the area, according to a Derbyshire Dales District Councillor
It's business as usual in Matlock Bath so the same goes for the us on the Roads Policing Unit. All traffic and road safety offences being enforced. Takeaways very busy, the same as our Process Unit will be tomorrow. #Fatal4 #RoadSafety pic.twitter.com/LZeMe9P9Y2— Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit (@DerbyshireRPU) May 17, 2020
The national park has attracted a lot of visitors since lock down restrictions were eased earlier this month.
Peter O'Brien says Padley Gorge near Grindleford was full of people queuing at Ice Creams vans: "It is simply impossible given the number of people to practice social distancing and of course they go back into their local communities and risk passing it (Covid-19) on.
We appealed to visitors to stay away but our usual hotspots are busy. We also made it clear most facilities - including toilets - remain closed.— Derbyshire Dales DC (@derbyshiredales) May 16, 2020
Sadly we're getting reports of people using streets as a toilet. Don't.#RespectProtect our communities
"People who live in the villages, our residents who have been shielding for the past eight weeks are now too frightened to go out to the shops for their essential food and whatever they need."
Cllr O'Brien also told us the Hope Valley was packed with people on motorbikes yesterday: "It wasn't just the noise disturbance and speeding of the motorcyclists, they were stopping in large groups in some of the cafe's, totally unable or unwilling to practice social distancing and again, with all the potential for passing on the virus."