Latest News from City of York Council


The Parish Council receive regular updates from City of York Council regarding local issues, in particular relating to the ongoing pandemic.  We will endeavour to share the news most appropriate to our residents as soon as we receive it.

Please continue to share that people still working in their workplace are eligible for regular symptom-free tests to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus have no symptoms, and will be spreading the virus without realising.

Rapid-turnaround tests (also known as ‘Lateral Flow Antigen’ tests) are being used to proactively test asymptomatic individuals; tests are safe and reliable and provide results within a few hours to help stop the spread.

For more information and to book visit www.york.gov.uk/SymptomFreeCovidTest.

Health leaders in York are urging people to be patient as the phased rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations accelerates. The NHS is currently offering the COVID vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. There is no need for patients to get in touch with their GP surgery – their surgery will contact individuals when it’s their turn.

The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and increasing numbers of local vaccination centres in North Yorkshire and York run by GP surgeries. Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The jab is currently being rolled out to all those aged 80 and over, along with frontline health and care workers and care home residents. People aged 75 and over and then all those who are 70 and over, together with clinically extremely vulnerable patients will follow.

When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.

For more information visit the NHS website.

Stay Local
Over the last month, coronavirus cases in York have increased significantly, and residents we are asking you to stay local and to stay at home as much as possible. The latest validated rate of new Covid cases at 7 January was 637.6 per 100,000, above the regional average of 322.8 and the national average of 629.9.

COVID 19 Marshalls
To continue supporting covid safety measures during lockdown, City of York Council’s covid support marshalls are working in outlying areas to advise businesses and residents in lockdown.

They are now adding new areas of the city to their rounds to lend their support, such as at popular walking spots, supermarkets, and testing sites.

The marshalls will visit outlying shopping areas to add to the 525 city centre businesses they’ve already helped to implement and maintain covid-safe measures. This work builds on action begun by the council’s Environmental Health and Licensing teams. It includes helping shops and takeaways to manage queues, to display Trace and Test QR codes, and to maintain hand sanitation stations.

The team has already advised 410 groups of people in the city centre. This included asking them to keep two metres apart and if they’re from the same household, to giving out 105 items of PPE including hand sanitiser, masks, and information.

The marshalls have also been picking up dropped face masks which can present a health hazard. So far they’ve picked up and safely disposed of 510 face masks.

Read the full press release on City of York Council’s website.

Thank you to volunteers
Grateful thanks are being given to the city’s much-valued, highly impactful and selfless volunteers for all they achieved and the difference they made in the past year.

Following an exceptional response to the council’s call for volunteers, thousands of residents came forward to offer their services. Survey feedback suggests that 71% of York residents now give unpaid help to a group, club or organisation, representing a 4% increase in volunteering across the city since 2019

From April to December 2020, 1,066 socially distanced roles were allocated to the city’s volunteers including:

  • Supporting community hubs – 494
  • Food distribution – 30
  • IT support – 24
  • Drivers – 121
  • Doorstep natters – 42
  • Wellbeing telephone calls – 136
  • Specialist volunteering – 16
  • Gardening – 3
  • Stewarding or marshalling – 126


We know lockdown has been incredibly difficult for many, and I would urge anyone that needs support to get in touch with the Council Covid support team by covid19help@york.gov.uk or calling 01904 551550.

Live Well York is a website you can use to find helpful information and advice, discover hundreds of local groups, activities and events happening across York. You can also find local companies that will deliver food or supplies direct to you at: www.livewellyork.co.uk/FoodDeliveries .

You can create a personalised booklet of information from www.LiveWellYork.co.uk or, if you don’t have access to the internet, contact the Covid19 helpline (above) and ask them to send one to you.

This communication is from City of York Council.
Rufforth with Knapton Parish Council and City of York Council disclaim any liability for action taken in reliance on the content of this communication.