Let’s be York: our recovery plan



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Let’s be York: our recovery plan

Our city has a rich history, from Viking invasions and Civil War sieges, to industrial growth and changing industries. 2020 has brought a new challenge to the forefront – unlike any other before.

We must keep infection rates low, but pioneer new approaches so residents and visitors can once again enjoy the city safely. To begin, there are changes being made through the city to help us all adapt and to start planning York’s future as a sustainable, inclusive place to live and work.

As more businesses reopened this week City of York Council have launched ‘Let’s be York’ – a recovery and renewal plan for York following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The plan aims to support businesses, partners, transport and place, and skills and employment.

Coronavirus recovery in York

The recovery phase will put public health at the heart of all decisions taken. For CYC, minimising infection and supporting those most at risk remains the highest priority. To stay alert, control the virus, and save lives, you must follow advice from the government, Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS. The Council are still adapting how they deliver services at this time; check ‘changes to council services‘ for details.

Recovery support for businesses

CYC has developed a ‘business recovery toolkit‘ to support your business to reopen safely, as lockdown restrictions are lifted. The toolkit includes:

  • guidance on practical measures for your premises, to help keep staff and customers safe
  • posters, stickers, and other resources to support the changes you have to make

Recovery support for partners

They’ve also developed a ‘Let’s be York Partner Pack‘ to help citywide partners adapt and support each other, the city and all our livelihoods. Partners, stakeholders, organisations and communities can use these resources to promote our recovery as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The online toolkit includes:

  • posters
  • social media assets
  • other resources to support the changes you have to make


Check out this video explaining the work underway to keep people safe as more businesses and parts of the city reopen.


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