Councillor Keith Aspden, leader of City of York Council said: “Although we are disappointed with today’s news, we must continue to follow the new national guidance and protect the people and places we love.”
“In recent weeks, York’s case numbers have bucked the trend thanks to the hard work of local residents and businesses in slowing the spread of coronavirus.
“Every resident, business, employee and pupil has played their part in this success, and we must build on this achievement to further rid our city of the virus.
“Despite the change in restrictions, we are continuing to lobby the Government to move York into Tier 1 restrictions, given the city’s success in driving the rate of infection down.”
He urged people to follow the restrictions, even though they were tough. “Please do continue in your efforts to slow the spread of the virus and shop local.”