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Safety signs for businesses

Published Tuesday, 9 June 2020

York businesses planning to reopen from the 15th June can register for their free “Let’s be York” pack, which includes social distancing floor stickers and safety advice posters.

Businesses, charities and other organisations welcoming customers are advised to register for a pack at from today (Tuesday 9 June).

The pack contains:

  • Maintain social distance floor sticker x2
  • Please Queue here floor sticker
  • Let’s be considerate ‘Empty belly’ poster with space for businesses to include their own special arrangements (for example 2 people in shop at a time)
  • Let’s be safe social distancing poster
  • Let’s be safe shop, relax, explore and work poster

Last Friday, the council shared comprehensive guidance for retailers wishing to welcome customers from 15th June. All the pack contents and many more designs and posters, including resources for display within staff areas, are available to businesses to download and print.

Councillor Keith Aspden, leader of City of York Council, said:

To successfully build back a better York, we must ensure a public health focus is at the heart of our recovery strategy.  That is why we are moving at pace to introduce new measures before the 15th June to support social distancing and help our local business community adapt to the changes in national guidance.”

“These resources have been created to support businesses across the city, including our secondary shopping areas in Acomb and Haxby, to help them adapt and offer a safe, welcoming experience for customers. The designs demonstrate York’s people-first approach and complement the signage to be used across the city.”

Executive member for the economy and strategic planning, Cllr Andrew Waller, said:

“The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on businesses across the region, country and world-wide. We’ve seen more businesses begin to reopen over the past weeks government guidance is revised constantly

“Monday will see a change in some more of these restrictions with non-essential shops allowed to open. We want to help these businesses start trading again whilst ensuring that national guidelines are followed to help reduce risk.

“I would encourage businesses to register for their free “Let’s be York” pack to help create a uniform pattern of signs and posters across the city , reinforcing key safety measures for residents and building confidence in the measures we are all taking to reduce the spread of infection.

You must register for a pack at We will give you a timeslot and location for collection on Friday 12 or Saturday 13 June. We’ll have collection points at Shambles Market, the council’s West Offices and at both of the city’s identified secondary shopping centres, Acomb and Haxby.

You will be given a location and a time to collect. Social distancing and infection control guidance will be in place during distribution, if you are showing symptoms please do not come to collect a pack.

1,000 packs will be available on a first come, first served, basis and are available for businesses across the city. Once the free packs have been allocated the council will support them to order more stickers at cost price, providing printers are able to meet the current high demand for stocks.

For more information about support for business relating to coronavirus in York visit

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