January 16, 2021


As more businesses are able to open from this weekendt, the council is thanking residents for supporting local businesses and reminding people to stay safe and follow health guidance.

Bowling alleys, casinos and soft play centres are now allowed to open their doors. Face coverings aren mandatory at all these locations unless you are exempt . Alongside this more beauty treatments, small wedding receptions and live indoor performances are able to take place.

Executive Member for Economy and Strategic planning, Cllr Andrew Waller, said:

“The response to our ‘Let’s be York’ campaign has been great with people once again enjoying the city, but in a safe, considerate and responsible way. It has been great to hear how people are continuing to shop local and support York’s wide range of independent businesses that help to animate the city.

I’d urge people to follow the recently updated guidance for wearing face coverings, where possible.  I would like to thank staff in the many shops and traders for the efforts that they are undertaking to work with the new requirements and advice, to help to keep us all safe and keep the city open for business.”

Johnny Hayes Chairman of Indie York, said:

“York’s Independent businesses are really pleased that numbers visiting their businesses have been increasing day by day since lockdown was lifted. Things are still far from normal but without doubt the support of local residents is crucial to small local businesses. Shopping local and supporting Independents is I know very much appreciated by local business owners. So thank you and please keep on supporting our local independents. “

For the latest Government update on the easing of restrictions visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

The latest government advice on where, when and how you should wear a face covering, along with an exemption card template is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

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