Council Leader Keith Aspden and Councillor Andrew Waller have visited York’s Designer Outlet on-site staff testing site to discuss how proactive partnership between York’s businesses and public health team is supporting the city’s reopening efforts.
Working in conjunction with the public health team at the Council York’s Designer Outlet team are providing rapid-turnaround tests (Lateral Flow Antigen testing) for Centre employees. With more than a hundred tests carried out every week, this helps to minimise risk and control possible transmission of the virus to keep staff and visitors safe.
Whilst some local businesses are offering tests for their staff, this is the only approach in the city that covers a number of businesses and takes a place approach. Six testing sites are now open to public across York (the York Leisure Centre, the University of York, York St John University, Foxwood Community Centre, Acomb Explore and St William’s College).
More information on testing facilities in York is available at www.york.gov.uk/SymptomFreeCovidTest and a map of locations in the city where people can access testing can be found at maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk
Councillor Keith Aspden commented:
“It was wonderful to take the time to see the difference that our city-wide efforts are making in ensuring that local businesses can safely operate after what has been a challenging year. The success of our testing programme across the city is a testament to the efforts of our local public health team.
“These symptom-free tests are really making a difference in our battle against the virus by identifying cases early and stopping people from unknowingly spreading it to others.
“Residents and businesses have been fantastic in helping keep our city and each other safe but we must all keep our guard up now that we’re slowly returning back to normal.”
Paul Tyler, York Designer Outlet Centre manager, added:
“The safety of our customers and guests is of the utmost importance to us. Whilst we have already implemented many safety measures, such as capacity control and one way systems to facilitate social distancing, we are delighted and grateful to be able to collaborate with the Public Health team at City of York Council to introduce a lateral flow testing site for our staff.
“The Designer Outlet accounts for approximately 1 in 8 of the total retail jobs in York, so working together in this way is another positive step in keeping our team members and visitors safe, as we continue to operate through a challenging year.”