Health and social care

Preventing the spread of coronavirus

With more of the city reopening during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we're encouraging people to stay safe whilst supporting our local businesses.

Stopping the spread of coronavirus is in all of our hands:


Wash your hands

Washing your hands regularly is as important as ever.

Pick a song and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Try to avoid touching your face.

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Social distancing

The closer we get to each other, the more chance the virus has to spread.

Please continue to stay 2 metres apart where possible. If this isn’t possible, the 1 metre plus advice should be followed.

In places of business the wearing of face coverings or use of perspex screens will add to the benefits of social distancing.

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Coronavirus testing

If you have symptoms, stay at home and get tested. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have any of these symptoms stay at home (self-isolate), do not leave your home or have visitors. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate.

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, should also get a test if they have symptoms. Call 119 or book a test online through the NHS.

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Face coverings

Wear a face covering when out and about, including when shopping and on public transport.

A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.

Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting a face mask on and after taking it off.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash or dispose of them.

Don't touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose.

Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.

Fiona Phillips, our Assistant Director for Public Health talks about face coverings, why they are important, who should wear them and those that are exempt:

See government guidance on how to make your own face coverings.

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Also see

Public Health

Station Rise, West Offices, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 553866