The last couple of weeks have represented a major step forward for York as shops, gyms, hairdressers and pub gardens opened their doors welcoming residents and visitors alike.

While infections rates remain low, the council is still asking all those enjoying our city to stay safe and help protect those around them.

You can play your part by:

  • washing and sanitising your hands regularly
  • wearing a face covering in busy public spaces, and respecting the measures put in place by businesses
  • maintaining social distancing whenever possible
  • following the rule of six for two households
  • taking a COVID test twice a week - you can arrange to collect a testing kit or book an in-person appointment online - all adults are now eligible for these tests symptom-free
  • download the NHS COVID-19 app, available for both Android and iOS phones

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of York City Council said:

We are now nearly two weeks into the new measures and I want to thank everyone for their efforts to keep the city safe and ask people to keep going.

"The return of many retail, leisure and outdoor hospitality businesses has been an important step forward towards normal life, and we are thankful for the efforts of our local businesses and communities in helping to keep both residents and visitors to our city as safe as possible.

“Our efforts must continue if we are to retain the progress we’ve made together and move further along the roadmap. I would urge all those of secondary school age or older to continue to get tested twice a week while practising hands, face, space and to meet with those we don't live with outside.”

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health, City of York Council said:

Businesses, communities and public institutions have done vital work in protecting the most vulnerable members of our community.

"Infection rates across York are currently stable, but ensuring the continued recovery of our city will require us all to redouble our efforts and not rest on our laurels.

“Hands, face, space, fresh air remain vital in our fight against the virus. As is getting tested twice a week and answering the call for the vaccine when it arrives.”