Local COVID Alert Level: High

Current restrictions in York

You must follow current local restrictions; be aware that these protective measures differ from national rules to reduce the spread of coronavirus in England.

We've provided information about restrictions in York, including:


What the restrictions mean

In a bid to stem the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our area the new Government rules, which apply to everyone in York, mean that:

  • you must not meet socially with friends and family indoors, in any setting, unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them - this includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants
  • you may continue to see friends and family you do not live with outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space - when you do so you must not meet in a group of more than 6 people
  • visiting indoor hospitality/leisure/retail settings is restricted to 1 household - 2 households must not meet in these settings, unless they are in a support bubble
  • you should only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances, see more information on visiting family and friends in care homes
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • you can go on holiday outside of the area, but you should only do this with people you live with, or have formed a support bubble with, and dependant on any local restrictions in the area you're visiting
  • you can play a team sport only when formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, and sports-governing body guidance has been issued
  • wedding receptions and celebrations for up to 15 people are permitted in the form of a sit-down meal and in COVID secure settings, not in private dwellings
  • up to 30 people can attend a funeral (York Crematorium capacity is 18), and 15 people can attend a wake in a COVID secure setting, not in private dwellings
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID secure manner, other than businesses which remain closed by law
  • certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10.00pm and 5.00am
  • serving food and drink will be restricted to table service only
  • businesses and venues selling food for consumption off their premises, can continue to do so after 10.00pm as long as this is through a delivery service, click-and-collect, or drive-thru
  • leisure and entertainment venues are required to close between 10.00pm to 5.00am
  • you should only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
  • you should work from home wherever possible
  • exercise classes will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with

Be aware that:

  • schools, universities and places of worship remain open
  • you can meet people outside in parks or open spaces, following 'the rule of 6' and remembering 'hands. face, space'
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors

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How you can help

We're incredibly grateful for everything that residents and businesses have done throughout this pandemic. We can never say thank you enough. We know none of this is easy, but once again are asking for your help. Our best way of stopping the spread of the infection and keeping the places we love open, and the people we love safe, is by following the new guidance and remembering:

  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • wear a face covering in busy public spaces
  • give people space, and keep 2 metres appart

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What ‘everyone in York' means

'Everyone in York' refers to those living in or visiting the City of York Council boundary. For example, students who've relocated to York to study are residents of the City.

Any tourists or visitors to York are required to follow the rules for York.

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What is a household or a support bubble?

The term ‘household’ is used here to mean the people you live with on a daily basis.

A support bubble is a close support network between a household with only 1 adult (known as a single-adult household) and another household of any size.

You must follow government guidance on making a support bubble with another household; you should not have multiple bubbles nor change who is in your bubble.

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Why restrictions are being introduced in York

Our infection rates have risen sharply with increased community transmission.

York has:

  • a big increase in the number of cases of coronavirus
  • increased 'positivity rate' (the proportion of people who get a positive result from taking a test, indicating the virus is more widespread)
  • an increase in the number of people admitted to hospital with coronavirus

The risk of COVID-19 transmission increases the more people gather together; our data shows more people are becoming infected as a result of social mixing between households.

While we all want to visit people, as it's so important for our emotional health, the only way to safely see others is outside, following 'hands, face, space' rules; remember, while York has a high 'local COVID alert level' the rule of 6 applies outdoors, and you cannot meet other household indoors, unless you're in a support bubble with them.

The restrictions help to reduce the spread of the virus, which will protect lives and livelihoods as we do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable, keep businesses open, and children in school.

GOV.UK information on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates. We publish daily updates on our social media channels and also weekly detailed analysis.

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What to do if you see someone breaking the rules

We are very grateful to the vast majority who are following the rules to keep themselves and others safe and the places we love open.

If you see a breach of the Coronavirus regulations you can report it to North Yorkshire Police.

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How long will the restictions last?

High alert areas will be reviewed every 14 days to check they are still at the right level. Additionally, regulations which apply to high alert areas will be reviewed every 28 days and will automatically expire after 6 months.

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