Let's be York

Watch this space - we'll soon be publishing information on how we're implementing a recovery and renewal plan for York following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; we'll be providing an overarching guide to our approach to:

Coronavirus recovery in York

The recovery phase will put public health at the heart of all decisions taken. Minimising infection and supporting those most at risk remains the highest priority.

To stay alert, control the virus, and save lives, you must follow advice from the government, Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS. We're still adapting how we deliver services at this time; check 'changes to council services' for details.


Recovery support for licensed premises

We've developed a 'licensed premises recovery toolkit' to support your pub, bar, cafe or restaurant to reopen safely, as lockdown restrictions are lifted. The toolkit includes:

  • guidance on practical measures for your premises, to help keep staff and customers safe
  • reminders on essentials such as licensing objectives, environmental health and food hygiene, counter terrorism awareness
  • posters, stickers, and other resources to support the changes you have to make

Pavement cafe licence

As businesses reopen and require additional space to meet social distancing requirements, changes to pavement café licensing (under the Business and Planning Act 2020 and the associated Pavement licences: guidance) will streamline the licensing process.

Businesses can apply for a Pavement Cafe Licence, valid for between 3 months and 12 months (not beyond the end of 30 September 2021), under the Business and Planning Act 2020.

If retailers are interested in making better use of the footway outside their premises, they can find out more and seek permission by emailing highway.regulation@york.gov.uk

Please be aware that Government guidance may change, keep up to date on GOV.UK. The Government has also published advice for maintaining visitor records for tracing purposes.

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Recovery support for businesses

We've developed a 'business recovery toolkit' to support your business to reopen safely, as lockdown restrictions are lifted. The toolkit includes:

  • guidance on practical measures for your premises, to help keep staff and customers safe
  • posters, stickers, and other resources to support the changes you have to make

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Recovery support for partners

We've developed a 'Let's be York Partner Pack' to help our citywide partners to encourage us all to adapt and support each other, the city and all our livelihoods.

Our partners, stakeholders, organisations and communities can use these resources to promote our recovery as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The online toolkit includes:

  • posters
  • social media assets
  • other resources to support the changes you have to make

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Recovery support for parents and students

We’re working with schools and child care providers across the city to help them welcome all their pupils and children back after the summer holidays or following closures due to coronavirus.

We know that parents, carers and pupils will have lots of questions about the new term, so we’ve prepared some advice for parents and students.

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Support for jobseekers

We’re working with partners across the city to support those whose job or employment prospects have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

We know that people may need help to look for work or develop skills, so we’ve prepared some information for jobseekers.

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Funding Let's Be York

HM Government
European Union - European Regional Development Fund

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is providing us with additional funding to support the Let’s be York campaign, which supports York’s business communities with measures to help safe trading in public places. The funding is particularly focused on our high streets, and public places at the heart of the city, which are working to reopen as safe and welcoming spaces.

The fund supports 4 main types of activity:

  • supporting development of an action plan about reopening our local economy
  • providing public communications and information about reopening successfully and safely
  • raising businesses awareness to manage reopening in a successful and safe way
  • temporary changes to spaces so reopening of local economies can be managed successfully and safely