York's city centre recovery is among the best in the country

York’s recovery from lockdown is among the best in the country, as analysis from the Centre For Cities reveals that York has the fourth equal best footfall out of 63 cities and towns around the UK.


During the last two months in the lead up to easing of restrictions, York has experienced healthy levels of both footfall and trade.


Councillor Andrew Waller, executive member for economy and strategic planning, commented: “After the easing of restrictions, it is encouraging to see large levels of footfall return to York, and, for some businesses, city-centre spending to be above pre-pandemic levels.

“We are grateful to residents and visitors who are supporting our local businesses in what continues to be a challenging period for many.

“This positive data and York’s overall recovery success is a testament to the proactive and strong partnership work with businesses and key partners across the city throughout the pandemic.

“Together with partners such as York BID, York Retail Forum and Make It York we are working to ensure that York’s city centre continues to be a safe and welcoming place where residents and visitors enjoy spending time.

“Even though restrictions have now gone, we know that some people are still cautious about returning back to the city centre. Through the recently launched campaign, ‘protect, respect and be kind’, we are encouraging residents and visitors to stay safe and do their bit to support our city as we return to enjoy all that York has to offer.”

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