With warm weather forecast in the coming days and fewer restrictions in place, City of York Council is offering tips on how to enjoy the sun safely and beat the heat.

With restrictions still in place, the council is asking residents to continue to follow government guidance, by not gathering in groups of more than six people outdoors and social distancing. The guidance remains that people from different households should not meet indoors.

Coronavirus presents new challenges for those wanting to stay safe in the sun and we have pulled together with our ten top tips:

  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. Older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • Stay cool indoors: Many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool. Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • If going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately, keep your distance in line with social distancing guidelines
  • Follow COVID-19 social distancing guidance and wash your hands regularly
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • During warm weather take care and follow local safety advice, especially if you are going into open water to cool down
  • Remember that while COVID-19 restrictions are in place, you will need to follow any additional government guidance so you use public spaces safely.

Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “With parks reopening and many people able to meet up with five friends or family members outside, we want people to enjoy the sun and stay sun safe whilst following Coronavirus guidelines.

“Please do look out for vulnerable people and check on them. This year we will all have to do things differently, so please call your neighbour, friend or family member remotely, be it by phone or video call and remember to follow government guidelines to keep you and them safe when going out in the sun.”