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What does Covid-19 mean for York?

York is known for it’s thriving social environment, but the fears of Coronavirus take its toll.

The Public Health England confirmed six cases of the virus in York. Placing it in the lower percentile of the 1,196 cases in England standing at 7.75%.

However, other reports that have recently been announced have said there are now seven cases showing the gradual increase.

Boris Johnson has announced that Britons should avoid ‘non-essential’ travel. The Prime Minister encouraged social-distancing, telling the nation to stand atleast two meters apart from each other.

The UK is gradually heading towards a nation wide isolation.

Rachel Maskell, Labour MP for York Central has recently come out of self-isolation after she faced the repercussions of Covid-19 herself.

What will happen to York’s event-filled summer?

The Coronavirus is effecting the city as more plans, events and businesses get cancelled or postponed.

Live updates show statements of events cancelling are gradually being released.

According to The York Press, the York Scout divisions and North Yorkshire Girl Guides released a statement about the St George’s Parade;

“It is with heavy hearts that we have to advise you that, in light of the developing situation with the Coronavirus.

“We have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s planned St George’s Day Procession and service at York Minster on Sunday 26th April.”

Similarly, the Micklegate Soapbox Challenge also takes place annually during summer. Today, organisers have called off the event due to the virus.

Although the Challenge was due to take place in August, organisers regrettably announced their cancellation six months before the event.

York Literature Festival released a statement to Twitter explaining that the event is postponed.

York Fashion Week change their schedule and announce the cancellation of their ticket sales.

“Postponing York Fashion Week has been an extremely difficult decision, but the health of the community remains our priority.

“During these unprecedented times, we remain committed to local businesses and are working collaboratively to extend York’s fashion season. We are putting together a package that is designed to support the high street.

It will ensure brands remain accessible through initiatives including the purchase of online vouchers, click and collect options.”

Fears surround York’s Economy.

As stores close, it is clear there is a threat to York’s retail economy including local business and chains.

After Boris Johnson’s announcement yesterday, Phil Pinder member of the York Retail Forum said; “We’re going to need help in different forms to get us through the uncertainty ahead.”

The Government is yet to announce any plans to help.

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