By Chris Brooke for the Daily Mail
Published: 23:37 BST, 18 October 2020 | Updated: 00:04 BST, 19 October 2020
A picturesque fishing village has been split in two by the controversial Covid-19 rules.
On one side of the river dividing Staithes, residents must obey the Tier Two regulations that ban indoor social mixing between households.
But the bulk of the tiny community living on the other side of the footbridge are in the less strict Tier One – and are free to socialise with neighbours in local pubs and cafes.
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The village where Captain Cook was a grocer's apprentice in the 18th century is said to have a little over 100 full-time residents – tourists usually far outnumber them.
There are about 40 houses on the bank under the control of Redcar and Cleveland Council in the Teesside area and 100 on the larger Scarborough Council side – where all the cafes and shops are. Colin Harvey, 66, a retired chartered surveyor, and his wife Angela, 63, agreed the divide was 'a bit of a joke'.
Mr Harvey, who lives on the Tier Two side, said: 'A lot of