A NORTH Yorkshire MP says Scarborough and Whitby are not accepting visitors, despite lockdown measures being eased.

The towns are not open for business, according to Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby.

He believes more clarity is needed to stop the coast filling up with daytrippers.

It comes after Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Sunday evening to unveil the government's conditional plan for the next phase of England’s response to Covid-19.

During the televised statement, the Prime Minister said: "From this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.

"You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household."

Mr Goodwill has responded by saying: “I would remind people that the toilets are closed, the car parks are closed, Whitby and Scarborough are not accepting visitors at this time.

"You may think you can come to Whitby and keep two metres apart but if you are walking down Church Street and other people have the same idea then is not going to happen.

"We all saw the pictures of Whitby and Scarborough before the lockdown and we don’t want to go back to that. We do not want to be inundated with visitors.”

He said he has been contacted by concerned residents who are worried that the area is set to get an influx of visitors.

Regarding Mr Johnson's televised statement, Mr Goodwill said it was the section on travelling for “unlimited” exercise that had worried residents that towns, villages and the North York Moors National Park could soon be busy once again.

He commented: "I have received a number of emails from people concerned about the possibility of people coming here now.

"I had someone from Castleton worrying that if someone from Middlesbrough decided to go there for a walk, then they pop into the shop and all of a sudden there is a risk of the virus spreading.

"Our infection rate in North Yorkshire is much lower than in our surrounding areas of Teesside and West Yorkshire and people are worried about the spread of the virus.

"I think we need clear guidance on what can and can’t be done.

"I think that really the majority of people want to obey the messages but there are a few who don’t.

"If people can use common sense then the risk is not increased but if it is used by people who do just want to break the rules then it could be dangerous.”