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Council supports York through the national restrictions

Published Wednesday, 4 November 2020

City of York Council will continue to provide services and support residents, communities and businesses in the weeks and months ahead.

Parks, public toilets and household waste and recycling centres remaining open as many services continue throughout November. Some facilities, such as indoor and outdoor sports facilities, will close from Thursday following national guidance.

From Thursday 5 November, it is expected that national restrictions will be introduced and the Prime Minister announced that the government is:

  • requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes
  • preventing gathering with people you do not live with or are in a support bubble with, except for specific purposes
  • closing certain businesses and venues
  • early years settings, schools, colleges and universities will remain open
  • detailed guidance continues to be published by the government and the council has moved to reassure residents and businesses that it will continue to support the city and provide regular updates

The council has today confirmed the services that will remain open, operate slightly differently or will close. Many services will continue to operate in order to support local businesses and key workers for the duration of the new national restrictions. These include:

  • public toilets, parks and children’s play areas and household waste and recycling sites will remain open
  • foot streets restrictions will revert to finishing at 5pm rather than 8pm and the temporary loading bans will be removed. This is to ensure additional help for local businesses moving to delivery services
  • key NHS workers will be able to park for free at the Union Terrace coach park
  • public meetings will continue remotely with residents encouraged to take part
  • children’s and adults services will continue with further guidance expected
  • York, Tang Hall and Acomb libraries will remain open for people to go into to use the public computers and to collect items ordered online. All others will close

The Council has also confirmed those services that will now need to close, following the national guidance, including:

  • wedding services
  • outdoor and indoor gyms, sport facilities and swimming pools
  • the Mansion House

Anyone affected by coronavirus and who has no other sources of help, can call the Council’s Covid-19 helpline on telephone: 01904 551550 or email:

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

Whilst we are still awaiting further detailed guidance about the new restrictions, we want to keep the city updated on how we will operate throughout November. Information about how our services will operate has been published on our website at

"I want to thank everyone in the city, including our incredible communities and businesses who have done so much this year in extraordinary circumstances. Council staff continue to go above and beyond to help the city at this difficult time.

In supporting the resilience of our business community, we are relaxing some of the foot street restrictions, with loading bay bans removed and footstreets now closing at 5pm to better support those businesses who will run new delivery services. In recognition of the fantastic work of our NHS, we are also making Union Terrace coach park car-parking free for anyone who works for the NHS. Please leave a letter with the NHS logo as ID in your car.

We will continue to support residents throughout this period and will continue to operate vital services to make sure this happens."

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health at City of York Council said:

It is really encouraging that over the last few weeks, cases in York have declined as we carefully follow the safety measures in place. Hands, face, space and test is working across the city with all age groups showing a decline in the number of cases. You should be rightly proud of the role you have played saving lives and protecting the NHS.

"Over the next month, we must continue to follow these safety measures and look after ourselves and each other during this difficult period. This means looking after both our physical and emotional health.

Anyone needing support can call our helpline and I would encourage those that can to exercise. Getting exercise, ideally in the fresh air, can make a real difference to your physical and emotional health and will help make the next month more bearable. Remember, you can also meet one person from another household for outdoor exercise which is vital if you live on your own.

The Every Mind Matters campaign has lots of helpful tips for everyone to look after their emotional health. As a city we always look after each other and this has been demonstrated time and time again this year. Next week, we will be holding a facebook live to focus on emotional health and for now, please do talk to someone and ask for help if you need it."

Anyone affected by coronavirus and who has no other sources of help, can telephone: 01904 551550 or email:

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