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York's leaders jointly ask everyone to "Keep York Kind"

Published Thursday, 15 July 2021

As restrictions lift on 19 July York leaders have come together to thank everyone for their efforts and to ask residents and visitors to ‘Keep York kind’ as we all adapt to learning to live with covid

A statement from:

  • Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council
  • Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of City of York Council
  • Cllr Peter Kilbane, Leader of the York Labour Group
  • Cllr Paul Doughty, Leader of the York Conservatives
  • Cllr David Carr, Leader of the York Independent Group

“Over the past 16 months we have seen the very best of York. It has made us all exceptionally proud to live and represent communities in this city.

“All our lives have been impacted hugely; we have mourned the loss of loved ones, changed where and the way we work, home-schooled. Businesses have had to close, staff have been furloughed and residents have had to shield.

“Throughout this traumatic time York’s spirit has shone through. We have all checked in on friends and family online and in-person to check if they need anything. Volunteers stepped forward in their thousands to lend a helping hand and businesses have gone above and beyond to support customers in need, and adapted to keep their staff and customers safe. Over 140,000 of us have queued up to get the vaccine, helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and giving hope of better times ahead.

“As we take this next step we are asking the people of York to do what they always do, look after, protect and respect each other.

“The pandemic has impacted us all differently, and many will still be nervous as restrictions lift.

“This could be because they have been shielding and have weakened immune systems, or are yet to have the two doses of the vaccine, potentially putting them at risk of long-Covid.

“So please remember this as you step out and enjoy the city and its amazing businesses and attractions. Please be kind, be patient and give each other the space and time to readjust.

“The pandemic isn’t over and cases are far higher in York currently than any of us want. Enjoy yourselves, but please protect yourself and others by:

  • wearing a face covering in busy indoor spaces, especially on public transport and in healthcare settings
  • if you haven’t yet please get the vaccine and get both doses
  • when meeting, fresh air can protect you and your friends. So please open windows or meet outside where possible.
  • where you can, give people you don’t know space
  • keep getting symptom-free tests to stop the virus from spreading
  • if you are feeling unwell stay at home and get a test
  • washing your hands regularly

“We know many people are nervous about this next step. The council’s helpline continues to offer support to anyone who needs it. Please call 01904 551550 or email COVID19help@york.gov.uk should you need any support and we will do what we can to help you.

“Please do think of the people around you and together, we will work our way through this.

"Thank you for keeping York kind.”