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Coronavirus update from York

Published Friday, 31 July 2020

The council is thanking residents and businesses for helping to keep the number of Coronavirus cases in the city low while supporting local businesses and jobs.

The latest figures released on 30 July 2020 show that the number of cases in York remains low compared to the rest of the country.   There have been 6 new cases in York in the previous week and York has now had a total of 923 cases since the beginning of the outbreak.  There have been no new cases since 25 July 2020 (this date is when the positive tests were carried out, the last cases were publicly confirmed on Monday 27 July).  As a proportion of the total population, the number of new cases and total cases in York is lower than the regional and national averages.

As of 30.7.20 York has, a rate of 439.7 per 100,000 of population.  The England rate is 465.4.  The Yorkshire & Humber rate is 581.6.

The council has worked with partners including York BID and Make it York, FSB and Chamber of Commerce to support local businesses to reopen and give residents and visitors the confidence to enjoy the city safely.  This includes extending the hours and number of footstreets, creating safe and attractive spaces for cafes bars and restaurants to trade from, providing additional public toilets and publishing a toolkit for businesses – including detailed guidance, posters and floor stickers.

This weekend sees the county mark Yorkshire Day (1 August), the start of a week-long celebration of the city’s key workers in keeping the city safe so look out for discounts and art exhibitions across the city.

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said: “Businesses and residents have done so much to support the citywide efforts during this pandemic, working hard to keep themselves and others safe.

“This week sees us celebrate and thank key workers with the city coming together to offer discounts and thank all those who have done so much for the city this year.

“It is also vital that we support our local businesses, but continue to do so safely by practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings. We have made a number of changes to the city recently with a priority on keeping people safe and supporting our local economy. As well as this we are investing £100,000 to promote York as a safe and exciting place for a staycation to support York businesses.

“We’re continuing to monitor the impact of all the changes and I would encourage every York resident and business to give us their feedback through

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health at City of York Council said: “Figures remain low in the city thanks to the work of residents and businesses to keep each other safe.

“Whilst it is good news that figures remain low, this update and what we have seen in other areas of the country and around the world also shows that we can’t be complacent.

“We all have a role to play in stopping the spread of the virus by social distancing, wearing a face covering, washing our hands regularly and staying at home and getting tested if we have symptoms.”

A weekly update on the latest coronavirus situation in York is updated every Friday and available at