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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.

For official government coronavirus updates sign up here.

You can also sign up for York specific email updates at

Recovery support for businesses and partners

We've developed a 'business recovery toolkit' to support your business to reopen safely.

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.

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Support for employment and training

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 support for employment and training.

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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