They are a sign of the times – extraordinary times.
These safety signs will soon be cropping up across York as businesses reopen to the public.
City of York Council has designed them, with messages including ‘Please observe social distancing’, ‘Queue here’, and ‘One way’.
They all come with the slogan ‘Let’s be York – Safe, Welcoming, Considerate’.
York businesses planning to reopen from 15 June can apply for one of 1,000 free ‘Let’s be York’ packs, which includes social distancing floor stickers and safety advice posters.
They can register for a pack here from today (Tuesday 9 June), to be collected from Friday afternoon. The pack contains:
- Maintain social distance floor sticker x2
- Please Queue here floor sticker
- Let’s be considerate ‘Empty belly’ poster with space for businesses to include their own special arrangements (for example 2 people in shop at a time)
- Let’s be safe social distancing poster
- Let’s be safe shop, relax, explore and work poster.
‘Moving at pace’
Council leader Keith Aspden said: “To successfully build back a better York, we must ensure a public health focus is at the heart of our recovery strategy.
“That is why we are moving at pace to introduce new measures before the 15th June to support social distancing and help our local business community adapt to the changes in national guidance.”
Businesses must register for a pack. Collection points will be at Shambles Market, the council’s West Offices and at Acomb and Haxby shopping centres.
Once the 1,000 free packs have been allocated the council will support businesses to order more stickers at cost price, providing printers are able to meet the current high demand for stocks.
The council has already announced a series of measures – including extending the foostreets – to support next week’s reopening.