York’s director of public health has urged people to follow the new Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions, which come into effect on Saturday.
Sharon Stoltz said transmission was being caused mostly by households mixing indoors and a failure to social distance.
She said: “The new restrictions will make life more difficult, but following them is our best chance to slow the virus and have them removed as quickly as possible.
“This year has been tough for everyone and once again, we are asking people in our city, who have already done so much, to go further to protect each other.
“We continue to closely monitor the data to track and trace the spread of the virus as quickly as possible. We’re seeing the virus spread mainly through social contact and households mixing indoors and not social distancing.”
She urged people to wash hands regularly, observe social distancing and wear face coverings in busy places.
“Please make sure you are familiar with the symptoms. Self-isolate if you show any of them, and book a test straight away. If you need advice or help, please visit www.york.gov.uk/coronavirus or call our help line 01904 551550.”
City leaders are “working hard to support residents and businesses to understand and minimise the impact the new measures will have on our daily lives,” the council said.
Council leader Keith Aspden said: “Despite being restricted from mixing indoors, there are still plenty of ways we can spend time with our family, friends and in the city.
“Our businesses have stepped up and created controlled safe spaces for people to safely enjoy the city. It is crucial that we continue in this spirit, shop local and work together to protect the people and places we love.
“Together with our partners, we will continue to lobby the Government for further financial support for our local businesses during this difficult time, as it is absolutely critical that the government unlock more funding for businesses and to ensure employment support in areas with additional restrictions.”
To learn more about the new measures and what support is available, visit www.york.gov.uk/Coronavirus. The council will also be holding a Facebook Live ‘Ask the Leaders’ Q&A session at www.facebook.com/CityofYork on today (Friday, 16 October) to which we’ll be shortly issuing residents an invitation.
What Tier 2 restrictions mean
You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.
You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space. When you do so you must not meet in a group of more than 6.
Visiting indoor hospitality/leisure/retail settings is restricted to one household i.e. two households must not meet in these settings (unless those two households are in a support bubble).
People are advised only to visit care homes in exceptional circumstances (further work will be undertaken locally to agree what this means).
People should only travel for essential reasons.
You can still go on holiday outside of your area, but you should only do this with people you live with, or have formed a support bubble with (dependant on any local restrictions in the area you are visiting).
People can play a team sport only where this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, and sports-governing body guidance has been issued.
People should not attend amateur or professional sporting events as a spectators.
Wedding receptions and celebrations can continue for up to 15 people in the form of a sit-down meal and in a Covid-secure setting, not in a private dwelling.
Up to 30 people can attend a funeral (York capacity remains at 18), and 15 for a wake in a Covid-secure setting, not in a private dwelling.