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Residents encouraged to stay safe and stay local over the Bank Holiday weekend

Published Friday, 22 May 2020

Residents are being encouraged to continue playing their part in the fight against coronavirus.

With York set to enjoy good weather for the Spring Bank Holiday, City of York Council is encouraging everyone to continue playing their part in the fight against coronavirus by following social distancing guidance, reducing the spread of the virus and saving lives.

It is almost two weeks since lockdown restrictions were eased, but it remains incredibly important to reduce contact with others where possible and only make essential journeys.  The city centre will continue to be open for essential shopping trips. The revised national guidance can be found here:

We would also encourage people who may want to visit to York postpone their trip for now, so they can instead see the visit the city and see its attractions in full, when it is safe to do so.

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

“I’m grateful to the residents and businesses who have continued to respond to the pandemic  by practising social distancing in the city. The health and safety of residents is our utmost priority and only by everyone playing their part can we work to save lives.”

It is encouraging to see that more businesses are finding ways to help serve the community, whilst ensuring social distancing measures are in place. As people look to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and make use of York’s beautiful open spaces, it is important that we continue to socially distance and slow the spread of the virus.”

“Many residents and visitors will be staying at home this bank holiday weekend, but you can still experience the very best of York without leaving your own home.  To virtually experience some of the city’s iconic attractions, please visit #YorkatHome on Visit York’s website by clicking  Of course, when restrictions are lifted, we look forward to welcoming people back to the city when you can experience York in person.”

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

“Residents and business across the city have reacted responsibly to this slight easing in restrictions as we are starting to see small steps back to normality.

“It is important though that people continue to be vigilant. It is only through each of us playing our own small part that we can continue to reduce the number of infections and ultimately save lives going forward.”

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