York BID launch City Host Programme

City Hosts Coppergate Centre

This summer there will be some new friendly faces on York’s streets to assist visitors to the city. York City Hosts will act as ambassadors and champions for York, to welcome, guide and assist visitors and help them feel safe.

The York BID (Business Improvement District) have organised the City Host programme in recognition that the more people we can provide to offer advice to locals and visitors the stronger and safer our city is going to be.

The City Hosts have come from a pool of City of York Council volunteers. They are York residents with good knowledge and passion for the city, who can provide a friendly advice service to the public. This advice may be in the form of local knowledge of the city or knowledge of the cities processes and restrictions in the current and rapidly changing environment. 

City Hosts will work in pairs and will receive a uniform, an ID badge, and relevant training.

Carl Alsop, Operations Manager of York BID, said, “We hope the City Hosts will give visitors an extra sense of confidence as they visit our city. Things have obviously changed a lot in recent months, and the City Hosts can offer friendly advice to help navigate some of these changes.”

Stuart Smith is one of the new City Hosts. He said of his new role, “I’m really happy to be part of this scheme. It’s great to be out and about, contributing something useful, and it’s nice to see the city getting busier.”

The City Hosts will be located in the city’s main squares where footfall is high and social distancing can be more easily maintained – St Helens Square, Kings Square and St Sampsons Square, as well as the Coppergate Centre. They will be on duty from 10am-4pm and can be easily recognised by their maroon vests.

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