Our services during national restrictions

We'll continue to help you and your community by providing services and support to residents and businesses during the government's national restrictions, which are in place between Thursday 5 November, and Wednesday 2 December.

While national restrictions are in place you:

  • must stay at home, except for specific purposes, including:
    • education
    • work, if you cannot work from home
    • exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble, or on your own with 1 person from another household (pre-school aged children or those requiring round-the-clock care are not counted towards the total number of people)
    • for medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
    • to shop for food and essentials
    • to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
  • cannot meet people who are not part of your household/support bubble, except for specific purposes
  • cannot use or operate certain businesses and venues, which will close

At the end of the national restriction period, the government will return to a regional approach to control the virus, based on the latest data in each area.

Council services during national restrictions

The council confirmed on Wednesday 4 November which services will remain open, operate slightly differently, or close in order to support local businesses and key workers:

  • early years settings, schools, colleges and universities will remain open
  • children’s and adults services will continue with further guidance expected
  • public toilets, parks and children’s play areas will remain open
  • household waste and recycling sites will remain open
  • public meetings will continue remotely with residents encouraged to take part
  • footstreets restrictions will revert to finishing at 5.00pm rather than 8.00pm
  • temporary loading bans will be removed to ensure additional help for local businesses moving to delivery services
  • staff working at York District Hospital are able to park for free at Union Terrace coach parkt until national restrictions end
  • York, Tang Hall and Acomb Explore Libraries will remain open for use of public computers and to collect items ordered online - all other libraries will close
  • wedding services will not take place
  • outdoor and indoor gyms, sport facilities and swimming pools will close
  • York Mansion House will close

See an A to Z of Service Areas affected by COVID-19 national restrictions for more information.

We’re here to help

We know that many residents and businesses will have questions and concerns during national restrictions. We want to reassure you that we will continue to do all we can to support you.

For those who shielded during the previous lockdown, the government has published detailed guidance for those most at risk of complications from coronavirus, specifically people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), whom:

  • will receive a letter with further advice from the government or your GP
  • can go outside and exercise with one other person (don't need to continue shielding)
  • should take extra care and (other than going out for exercise) stay home as much as possible; avoid going to the shops or pharmacy

If you're CEV:

You can also request a chat and company, get help with difficult emotions and better mental health, and find out about staying physically active or see which community activities are COVID-secure and open via Live Well York.

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