Coronavirus Business Support



The York BID continues to support the business community through the Coronavirus crisis. 

We will:

  • Keep businesses informed about the support and guidance available to them and how to access it.
  • Represent businesses by engaging with key decision makers to ensure they understand the ongoing impact on businesses in the city. 
  • Work with our partners at City of York Council and Make it York on a co-ordinated approach to supporting businesses and the wider city.
  • Plan to assist the long-term recovery of the business community.

Government & Industry Guidance

VAT REDUCTION for hospitality including accomodation and attractions.


Eat Out to Help Out
The ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ voucher incentive scheme is now open for registration – registration will remain open until 31 August and is likely to take up to a week to process. The scheme is eligible to any establishment selling food to eat on the premises, providing that business has been registered as a food establishment with the local authority before 7 July.
Through the scheme, eating establishments can offer a discount to diners of up to 50%, up to £10 per diner covering food, soft and non alcoholic drinks, and then claim the difference back from the government. The discount is eligible for purchases made on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3-31 August and it is applied to the gross price, with VAT charged on the full amount.
Learn more about the scheme and how to register.
Businesses will receive a window sticker to show they are participating in the scheme, and other Promotional materials and guidance are also available to support businesses.


Advice on reopening the workplace.

Public Heath England: Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Health and Safety Executive: COVID-19 Guidance

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

World Health Organisation: Getting your workplace ready for Covid-19

UK Government: COVID-19 roadmap taskforces

Department for Transport:  Safer Transport Campaign

Retail specific advice.

British Retail Consortium:  Guidance on Social Distancing in Stores and Warehouses

Hospitality specific advice.

Hotels and other guest accommodation:

Heritage locations:

Close contact services:

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services:

The visitor economy:

 UK Hospitality: Up to date information & support for hospitality industry


2020 has been extremely tough with the impact of flooding and Coronavirus. The York Business Improvement District (BID), Make It York and the City of York Council have been co-ordinating efforts to ensure business owners have information on how to access help and reopen their businesses.

York Business Recovery.

City of York Council have announced measures to assist kickstarting the economic recovery including creating pedestrian zones in Goodramgate, King's Square, Church Street, Colliergate, Blake Street, St Helens Square & Lendal.

Fossgate will be pedestrianised during July, and Castlegate and Micklegate are also being considered for pedestrianisation.

Footstreets hours will be extended until 8pm to further boost the trade to local businesses.

Changes to footstreets may affect deliveries. Details HERE.

Footstreets map

CYC have prepared a comprehensive 'Let's Be Safe' Business Advice Guide for the safe reopening of businesses, which is available HERE, as well as floor stickers and posters which are available to download HERE.


Government Support

The Chancellor set out a package of measures to help businesses through this period of disruption.

This Government 'Coronavirus Finacial Support' website offers further information about the support available:


Free advertising for local business:
We’re supporting free advertising for local business. Sign up at:

York Mix –
Minster FM also has a free message board which the presenters are using for live readouts –


Other Support:

Self-employment Income Support Scheme:

Government Guidance for Employers:

Arts Council england Cultural Sector Support:

If you would like to talk to a member of our team about the information above, please feel free to get in touch on or 01904 809970.
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