York has gone into Tier 2: This is what residents are allowed to do now

2 Dec 2020 @ 7.46 am
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York is out of lockdown and into Tier 2 – but what does that mean?

People can meet in groups of up to six people outdoors and there are some restrictions on businesses.

From today (Wednesday, 2 December), York residents can do the following:

  • Meet people you do not live with outdoors, in groups of up to six and socially distanced
  • Visit York’s shops and Covid-safe hospitality businesses and attractions, with their household or support bubble
  • Continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders, after-school clubs and nannies
  • Visit the hairdressers, leisure centres and gyms and other entertainment and personal care services
  • Get married – with up to 15 guests
  • Attend their places of worship.

There’s no mixing of households indoors aside from support bubbles allowed.

Pubs and bars will remain closed unless operating as restaurants, with alcohol only served as part of a “substantial meal” until 10pm, before venues must close at 11pm.

Classes and organised sport can take place outdoors but not indoors if there is any interaction between two different households.

Large events including sport and live performances will be open to the public but limited to 50% capacity or 2,000 outdoors and 1,000 indoors.

Lobbying for Tier 1

City of York Council is lobbying for York to go into the less restrictive Tier 1 as soon as possible.

Council leader Keith Aspden said: “We must continue the city’s excellent work in slowing the spread of the virus by following the new national guidance.

“York’s case numbers have bucked the trend thanks to the hard work of local residents and businesses in slowing the spread of coronavirus.

“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. 

“We are also urging the Government for further financial support, particularly for those families on low incomes and businesses struggling with the current economic crisis. 

“We know that the times ahead are uncertain, but we will continue to do all we can to convince the Government to provide more financial support.”

The council is reminding people that support is available through the COVID-19 helpline (01904 551550 /[email protected]) and online at www.york.gov.uk/Coronavirus.