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Statement following video of York last night

Published Sunday, 27 September 2020

Response from City of York Council to a video shared on social media on Saturday 26 September.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for the Economy and Planning said:

"The businesses and residents of York have done so much this year to limit the number of coronavirus cases and we are all very grateful for that."

"However the virus is still here and cases locally and across the country are rising. Scenes like this put us all at greater risk and give the virus the chance to easily spread, and increases the likelihood of further restrictions which could close down many businesses.

We will work with partners from across the city such as the Police, Make it York, the York BID and York Retail Forum to ensure that scenes like these aren’t a regular occurrence and people can support our local businesses in a way that is safe and that won’t spread the virus.

If out in town until the pub curfew then we would ask people to not congregate in large groups whilst making their way home and stay in their group (of up to 6).

Everyone has a role to play in stopping the virus, keeping people safe and the places we love open. We must keep going by remembering to:

  • wash our hands regularly
  • wear a face covering in busy public spaces
  • keep 2 meters apart from others
  • self-isolate and request a test if you have symptoms

Together we can get through this but we all need to look after each other and remember: 'Hands. Face. Space’ to stop the spread of the virus.”