City of York Council have confirm that the Government have placed York in the high level of restrictions of Tier 2, despite York’s rate of infection dropping well below the regional and national averages.
A council spokeswoman said:
“Whilst disappointed, the council would like to thank local residents and businesses for their hard work in slowing the spread of the virus.
“Over the coming weeks, the Council will continue to encourage everyone to maintain the good work and follow the new national guidance, in order to give the city the best chance to move into Tier 1 restrictions.”
In recent weeks, York has seen a substantial reduction in the number of cases and now has one of the lowest rate of new cases in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
This means that people can meet in groups of up to six people outdoors and there are some restrictions on businesses.
The council will “also continue lobbying for further financial support from Government, particularly for low income households and businesses affected during this difficult time”.