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Live Q&A to discuss latest Coronavirus response

Published Thursday, 26 November 2020

Join the next live #AskTheLeaders Live Coronavirus Q&As on the council’s Facebook page this Friday 27 November at 5.00pm to 6.00pm, and Monday 30 November from 5.00pm to 6.00pm.

On Friday, the panel will discuss the latest tier changes due to come into action on 2 December, what this means for businesses and the help that is available.

Monday will see the panel answer your questions about what the changes mean for residents and how we can all look after our own, and others emotional health.

The panel for Friday includes:

  • Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities
  • Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning
  • Sharon Stolz, Director for Public Health
  • Neil Ferris, Director for Economy and Place
  • Sean Bullick, Make it York
  • Andrew Lowson, York BID
  • Dr Nigel Wells, Clinical Chair, NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Anthony Davison, Head of Nursing for North Yorkshire and York at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Monday’s panel includes:

  • Cllr Paula Widdowson
  • Cllr Denise Crraghill
  • Sharon Stoltz
  • Professor Mike Holmes, GP

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 Andrew Waller, Executive member for Economy and Strategic planning said:

It has been an exceptionally tough year for many residents and business across York, and along with our partners, we want make sure that people in the city know what support is available to them.

“We have previously lobbied for support for those who have missed out on support, and so would like to find out the experience from those businesses who need additional help, so we can relay that information back to the Government.”

“We will be answering your questions throughout Friday’s Q&A looking at the latest support available for local businesses, so we can all continue to help protect the local economy, jobs and livelihoods. I’d encourage people to get involved by sending in their questions to, or commenting on the livestream.”

Cllr Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said:

Since the pandemic began, local residents, community groups and business have come together to support one another through these difficult times, and with new restrictions in place, it is important we continue to look after one another this festive season.

“The Facebook live Q&A session on Monday will focus on what the latest restrictions mean for residents and what support is out there to help us get through this uncertain period.

“I would once again encourage people to tune in live and submit their questions or watch the videos later so we can all work together to protect the places and people we love.”

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