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Residents encouraged to keep safe this weekend

Published Friday, 15 May 2020

With good weather once again forecast for York, City of York Council is encouraging residents to stay safe and follow national guidance to continue to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

As indicated by the Prime Minister on Sunday 10 May, the Government have revised national guidance on current lockdown restrictions, which can be found here:

With the new guidance in place, the Council is asking residents to prioritise their health and safety this coming weekend by only making essential journeys.  The city centre will be open for essential shopping, but we would urge residents to refrain from using it as an open space to meet people.

Leader of City of York Council, Cllr Keith Aspden, said:

“I would like to thank residents and business for their support in following the public health advice over the last few weeks.  It remains incredibly important that we continue to prioritise our health, keep up the good work we are doing as a city and ultimately, save lives. I would still encourage residents to travel for essential journeys and exercise only.” 

“Our city centre will be open for essential shopping and our green spaces will be open for residents to enjoy, responsibly. We want people to be able to enjoy our green spaces for their physical and mental health, but be aware that many of the city’s facilities, from shops to cafes, continue to be closed.”

Deputy leader of City of York Council, Cllr Andy D’Agorne, said:

“The slight easing of restrictions represents a small step towards recovery. That being said it is crucial that people continue to follow these guidelines to keep us all safe.

We have worked to accommodate these new changes to people’s daily lives with changes to the road network where possible and we welcome feedback on how these trials are working.”

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