Last Thursday (17th December) the Government confirmed that York will remain in Tier 2 restrictions over the Christmas period.
With the same restrictions continuing, York City Council is encouraging people to keep up the hard work while persistently seeking further clarification from the Government on how the city can safely move to tier 1 – the lowest level of restrictions.
York’s seven day case rate is now in the mid 60s at 65.5 cases per 100,000 population, the city of York council released. Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said: “First and foremost, I would like to thank local residents and businesses for their hard work in bringing the rates of infection down. York’s case numbers remain among the lowest in the region, and we must keep this excellent work going.”
Earlier in December, York MP, Julian Sturdy said: “York should come out of lockdown and go straight into the most relaxed tier of restrictions”, Yorkmix reported. Although this hasn’t happened, York is being considered as one of the next places to move down a tier but needs infection rates to lower.
The Yorkpress reported, Health secretary Matt Hancock said earlier this week: “if the city was to get into Tier 1, with lighter restrictions, it’s rate needed to be in the mid 40s rather than the mid 60s, along with other factors.
Vaccines are now being administered in the city and York Council states: “there is a light at the end of the tunnel.” They urge everyone to support local businesses as much as you can, and follow the national guidance to avoid a damaging third spike for the local economy.
City leaders are asking residents to protect lives, livelihoods and the spread of infection by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering, keeping your distance (2m) and isolating if you have symptoms such as loss of taste, smell, a dry persistent cough and a high temperature.
York city council is also encouraging those who work in retail, leisure, hospitality or transport to access symptom free tests – you can find out more here.