Councillor Keane Duncan, the Leader of Ryedale District Council is urging citizens and businesses to stick to the national lockdown, with the message that ‘we can get through this’.

The stay at home order has been put in place to protect the NHS and save lives. The lockdown will be reviewed on 15 February. 

Commenting on the latest lockdown, Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said:

“Ryedale citizens and businesses have been exemplary in following the national restrictions throughout this pandemic. I thank them wholeheartedly for this. I know that we can stick to this latest national lockdown and get through these difficult times together. Infection rates are on the rise and there’s a new strain of COVID-19. I urge everyone to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

“Many citizens are losing hope and businesses are on the brink of closure - we’re all tired and feeling the struggle. However, Ryedale District Council is doing all it can to support lives and livelihoods. We’re working around the clock to get business grants out to those who so desperately need them. So far, we have sent out over £25m. 

“We have support too for citizens who are worried about paying their rent, or mortgage and for those who can’t work and have lost their income because they’re self-isolating. And we’re working with our partners, community organisations and volunteers to support our most vulnerable.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccines, but in the meantime, let’s all stay safe and keep on protecting each other by staying at home.”

If citizens are struggling to cope due to COVID, there is help available. Full details are available at

The Ryedale Community Support Organisation is a central resource for residents, partners, organisations and networks across the Ryedale District. It offers support for individuals - for those in greatest need with no network of family/friends to help and can:

  • Organise food and medication collection and support with regular telephone befriending and welfare checks
  • Give information, advice and support for Local Network/Group partners
  • Give information, advice and support for the induction, management and deployment of volunteers
  • Signpost to the appropriate national, regional and local helplines/organisations for specialist support
  • Be an access point for the NYCC Covid-19 Support Fund (available to individuals experiencing financial hardship as a result of the Coronavirus)
  • The helpline number for the Ryedale Community Support Organisation is: 07922 421326.

Workers who can’t work and have lost their income because they are self-isolating, can apply for financial help through the Test and Trace Support Grant.  Information and applications are at:

If citizens are worried about paying their mortgage or rent, Ryedale District Council’s Housing Team may be able to help.  They can negotiate with landlords, refer for debt advice, look for charity payments and offer advice about benefit entitlements.  They can also refer citizens to a range of specialist support agencies if appropriate.  Contact the Housing Team through our switchboard on 01653 600 666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.