COVID-19: Advice and support for businesses

From Saturday 17 October York will be at Local COVID Alert Level: High.

We'll update our pages, as necessary, as new guidance becomes available or as the alert level changes, in order to address the main questions local businesses are asking.

Please make sure you have read all the government guidance for your business, as any that fail to comply with these restrictions may face fines of up to £10,000, prosecution, or in some cases closure.

There are no additions to the businesses that must remain closed as a result of the change from Medium to High Alert, but there are some significant changes in some sectors.

The Government has announced new support for businesses in High Alert level areas.

More details surrounding eligibility of these support schemes are expected soon.

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Businesses and venues

The guidance for businesses and venues clarifies that COVID-secure pubs, restaurants and cafes should operate table service only, and can stay open but must close between 10.00pm and 5.00am.

Venues are responsible for making sure that no households mix indoors, but groups of up to 6 can meet in outdoors venues.

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Travel and hospitality

People are still allowed to travel and hotels and guest houses stay open.

Guests are allowed to socialise/stay only with people they live with or have formed a support bubble with.

The government is discouraging people from Level 3 (very high) areas from travelling in and out of their area unless for it is for essential reasons – not for a holiday. Hospitality venues may wish to look at free cancellation offers and/or rescheduling the booking for another time.

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Going to work

The guidance on going to work remains that office workers should work from home if possible.

Essential public service workers should continue to go to work as necessary.

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Sports and gyms

The rules on sport and physical activity allow gyms and leisure centres to stay open, and outdoor exercise classes to continue.

Indoor classes are only allowed if different households or support bubbles can be kept apart. Disability and youth sport and physical activity can go ahead indoors.

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Tradespeople in the home

Registered tradespeople including mobile hairdressers and beauticians, can still work if they follow strict guidance on working in other people’s homes. When working in someone’s home, you do not count within the rule of 6.

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