It's one of the few areas of the North of England still in Tier 1.

For while the East Riding is set to move into Tier 2 of the three-tier coronavirus alert system this weekend, neighbouring North Yorkshire remains in the lowest category.

That means people living in places like Selby, Scarborough, Malton and Pickering just across the county border can still enjoy the relative freedom of mixing with other households both indoors and outdoors.

However, the ongoing pandemic has forced the cancellation of this weekend's popular annual Whitby Goth Weekend which normally attracts thousands of visitors to the town over Halloween.

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Whitby Abbey was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula
Whitby Abbey was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula

Although all the nearby North Yorkshire towns are popular day-trip destinations, residents in Hull and the East Riding are now being asked to reduce the number of journeys they make wherever possible under the new Tier 2 rules.

That means a traditional Sunday jaunt up the A165 or across the Wolds might have to wait a while.

It's not an outright ban on heading up the East Coast or visiting North Yorkshire's famous market towns and there's no suggestion that border checkpoints will be operating any time soon.

However, those who rely on public transport are being asked to only uses buses or trains for "essential purposes", such as travelling to school or work.

Meanwhile, people who live in Hull and the East Riding but work in North Yorkshire can still commute as normal although the guidelines encourage home-working where possible.

Council officials in North Yorkshire believe it's only a matter of time before the various districts which make up the county follow our part of the world into Tier 2.

North Yorkshire's latest seven-day infection rate was 174.7 per 100,000 people compared to 248 in Hull and 262 in the East Riding.

Beautiful Scarborough remains in Tier 1 - for now
Beautiful Scarborough remains in Tier 1 - for now

Speaking earlier this week, North Yorkshire County Council's director of health and adult services Richard Webb said the situation in the county was on a "knife-edge".

He said it would better for the region to remain in Tier 1 but warned that rising rates were being reported in some districts.

"The situation in North Yorkshire is hanging by a thread so our way of operating and our livelihoods currently at Tier 1, the Medium level of alert, the lowest level of alert, is really on a knife-edge.

"We are hoping we can continue to be Tier 1 but we just don’t know.

“We are in a situation where most of the North of England is at a higher level of escalation than we are.

"On our doorstep, we have the situation in York which is at level 2, the situation in West and South Yorkshire and the Tees Valley as well."

Selby is currently the only area in North Yorkshire with an infection rate above the national average.