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Residents reminded not to be complacent after roadmap announcement

Published Monday, 22 February 2021

Residents are being reminded not to be complacent as the Government announces their ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown.

In response to the Government’s announcement today [22/2/21], City of York Council is thanking residents and businesses for their continued efforts in reducing the spread of the virus and is encouraging everyone in the city to keep going.

Following confirmation that national restrictions will start to slowly lift next month, and schools begin their wider re-opening on 8 March, the council is asking everyone to continue keeping up their efforts and to follow the latest restrictions to keep the people we love safe.

Once again, case rates are falling across the city. The latest local data shows:

  • The latest official “validated” rate of new Covid cases per 100,000 of population for the period 10.2.21 to 16.2.21 was 66. The national and regional averages at this date were 128.5 and 150.4 respectively (using data published on Gov.uk on 21.2.21).
  • As at 17.2.21 54,289 CYC residents have received the first dose and 1,077 had received both doses.

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

We are incredibly grateful to everyone in the city for their efforts in reducing the spread of the virus and alleviating pressure on our NHS.

"Today’s national announcement shows that our collective efforts are crucial to slowly moving out of lockdown from next month.

“With confirmation that schools will begin their wider reopening on 8 March, the council is working closely with York Schools and Academies Board, who will meet later today, to ensure a safe reopening for all students and staff. We will be communicating more with parents on this soon, once the detail has been worked through.

“Although the publication of the Government’s roadmap is welcome, we know this remains an incredibly difficult for many businesses across the city.  In York, the council has supported more than 6,000 business, awarding over £140million in grants and relief.  Recognising the huge economic challenge ahead, we will continue to lobby the Government for additional financial support for both local businesses and households on low incomes.”

“With over 50,000 vaccines administered in York alone, there is hope that we can soon come out the other end of this crisis, but we cannot be complacent. We must continue to meet this challenge and demonstrate the resolve that York has already shown in the face of adversity to keep the people we love safe.”

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health said:

By staying at home and following the rules around Hands, Face, Space we have managed to slow the spread of the virus.

“We are hugely thankful to everyone for their efforts, but we cannot let our guard down yet. York’s rates are still far higher than we would like and the NHS is still under significant pressure mean it is vital we continue to work together to slow the spread of infection. It is estimated that 70 per cent of new cases of Covid in York are caused by the new UK variant which spreads much more easily.

“The roll out of vaccines is fantastic news, but we also need to continue testing alongside. We would urge people to visit our website and book a regular slot.

“Anyone who is living or working in York, in any sector and is unable to work from home, and those caring for the vulnerable as a carer or volunteer are eligible for a free test.

“Please remember, if you need support during this difficult time, our Coronavirus helpline is there to help with food, essentials or someone to speak to. So if you need help, please get in touch on 01904 551550 or by emailing COVID19help@york.gov.uk.”

For the latest information on national restrictions, please visit the government website.