This Monday saw the opening of dozens of pub gardens, hairdressers, shops and gyms right across York.
As people go out and enjoy the sun, City of York council is still encouraging residents and visitors to stay safe and help protect those around them.
You can play your part by:
- keeping socially distanced, and following the rule of six or two households
- taking a Covid test twice a week, you can arrange to collect a testing kit or book an in-person symptom free COVID test - all adults are now eligible for these tests symptom-free
- wearing a face covering in busy public spaces, or in retail areas
- washing and sanitising your hands regularly
- taking litter home with you or putting it in the bin
- respecting the measures that local businesses have put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, this includes using the NHS COVID-19 app where appropriate (available for iOS and Android phones)
Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of York City Council said:
It's wonderful to see the buzz return to our city's streets as so many of our local shops and hospitality venues are able to open their doors again.
"York’s businesses and residents have gone to extraordinary efforts to help us take a step closer to life returning back to normal.
“I would urge residents to support local businesses and stay safe whilst enjoying all that our city has to offer. We must recognise the dangers of complacency and not rest on our laurels by continuing to be vigilant and by practicing hands, face, space. This way, we can help protect not only those around us, but also the progress we’ve made.”
Anita Dobson, Nurse Consultant in Public Health, said:
Even as cases fall and the rate of vaccination rises, it’s imperative that we recognise what has allowed us to get to this point.
"The work done by our communities, businesses and institutions is helping to protect the most vulnerable among us, but Covid-19 still poses a very real threat to public health.
“Maintaining hands, face, space and remembering to keep spaces well ventilated is of upmost importance. I would also urge all those of secondary school age and over to get a symptom free COVID test, twice a week. You can do this at home or in-person, and you can get tests by visiting the council website or by calling telephone: 01904 551559.
“Keeping case numbers down and minimising the spread of the virus is crucial to allowing our wonderful city to open up further. Shop local, stay safe, and keep York open.”