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Live Q&A to discuss resident questions about public health

Published Monday, 10 August 2020

Join the next live #AskTheLeaders Live Q&A on the council’s Facebook page this Tuesday 18 August at 5-6pm, as the panel discuss your questions and comments about the city’s coronavirus response.

This next question and answer session will discuss your questions, with a special focus on public health in York, including guidance around testing, face coverings, social distancing and latest data.

Residents are invited to watch live on Facebook to hear from:

  • Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of the Council
  • Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adults Social Care
  • Fiona Phillips, Assistant Director of Public Health
  • Dr Andrew Lee, Executive Director of Primary Care and Population Health,
  • NHS Vale of York CCG
  • Inspector Andrew Godfrey, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for York City Centre, North Yorkshire Police

The live event takes place the day before the city’s next Outbreak Management Advisory Board. The board includes representatives from public health, public transport, the NHS, Universities and City of York Council who will review the city’s outbreak control plan, as work continues on York’s response to the pandemic.

The plan is available to view online at and the next meeting of the York Outbreak Management Advisory Board can be viewed at on 19 August from 5:30pm.

How can I get involved?

Residents can interact with the session by either submitting questions in advance by emailing them to or commenting on the live video on Facebook where leaders will read out questions and respond.* Questions may be answered by theme rather than individually, so that the conversation covers as many topics as possible.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of the Council said;

“I look forward to updating residents on our ongoing efforts to tackling the crisis and answer any questions or concerns about the city’s response to the coronavirus emergency.

“In order to protect our city’s public health, it’s crucial that we hear from residents - this enables us to work together to keep everyone safe as we reopen the city and continue to support our local economy to build back better. Residents can comment live on Facebook or submit their questions beforehand to


Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adults Social Care said;

“I want to say a huge thank you to the key workers who have worked tirelessly to protect our city’s most vulnerable throughout the pandemic. As our city reopens and begins to recover, it’s vital that we all remember the collective effort that has brought us to this point today, and that we do all we can to protect the progress that has been made.

“I’m pleased to be part of this next live Q&A session and to engage in answering your questions about public health in York. I look forward to being joined by officers and partners in this conversation.”


For the latest York updates on service changes, online support and how you can get involved in supporting your community visit

*Please note: Resident do not need a Facebook account to watch the live video however, they will need their own Facebook account to comment on the video with their questions (alternatively questions can be emailed to