TOURISM marketing body Welcome to Yorkshire says much work needs to be done to instil confidence in the public about returning to venues.

A survey carried out by the organisation just ahead of legal lockdown restrictions being lifted yesterday found a high degree of nervousness – amongst businesses, staff and customers.

More than half of respondents said they would like to see mask-wearing continue and 15 per cent social distancing.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive officer, James Mason, said there was a mixture of excitement and trepidation.

“We were also able to speak with the general public and our members at the Great Yorkshire Show, a successful event held outdoors and with clear attendance instructions that made everyone feel safe. There was a palpable degree of excitement mixed with trepidation that is reflected not only in our recent survey but in talks with members.

“Clearly there is a lot of work to be done to instil confidence in the public that venues are operating safely and responsibly – and that can only be achieved with precise communication and positive visitor experiences.”