Current restrictions:
the basics

On Monday 17 May the latest step of the Government’s roadmap to ease restrictions in England came into effect. Find out more below about current restrictions.

What's changed:

  • You can now meet up indoors in a group of up to six people or two households, including for overnight stays.

  • You can now meet outdoors (including in private gardens) with up to 30 people from different households - as long as you maintain social distancing.

  • Pubs, cafes and restaurants can open indoors.

  • Cinemas, theatres and other entertainment venues can open (with covid-secure measures).

  • Organised indoor sport can take place, including gym classes.

  • Hotels, hostels and B and Bs can open for people on holiday.

  • A traffic light system for international travel has been introduced.

Read the full list of changes on

We’re all in this together - sticking to the UK government's rules is an essential part of protecting yourself and other people. Many students and staff in our community have health considerations that make them vulnerable, or have caring responsibilities for vulnerable people. We can all do our bit to keep them safe by following the guidance, and staying smart, supportive and safe.

What you can do

  • Attend any timetabled in-person teaching or learning activity.

  • Access the usual Library resources, or book a place to study on campus.

  • Socialise inside within your household - you don’t need to keep your distance, wear a mask or limit the number of people with members of your household.

  • Socialise inside in a group of up to six people from different households, or more than six people if it's just two households meeting. You should exercise caution with people from different households. See the guidance on minimising risks when meeting friends and family.

  • If you live in on-campus accommodation, you are once again allowed to have the occasional overnight guest. We recommend you continue to take a cautious approach and only one person from outside your household uses your communal area at any one time.

  • Meet, socialise and exercise outside, in a group of up to 30 from any number of households

  • Take part in organised sport activities outdoors and indoors: see the York Sport website for details of what's open.

  • Visit a pub, cafe or restaurant.

  • Go to a theatre, cinema, concert hall, bowling alley or museum.

  • Attend a sporting event or live performance.

  • Attend places of worship for a service.

  • Form a support bubble with another household if you're living in a single person household off-campus.

For all of the above apart from forming a support bubble you should continue to maintain social distancing with people outside your household. You should also reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

What you can't do

  • Gather in mixed household groups indoors (including houses, colleges and study spaces), of more than six people, unless as part of an in-person, scheduled seminar or tutorial.

  • Mix outdoors with more than 30 people.

  • Attend or hold house parties with people from other households.

  • Travel internationally - you should check the rules before travelling to or from England. There may be different restrictions depending on the country you are travelling to or from.

If you don’t follow the rules

We're encouraging everyone in the University of York community to take responsibility for their actions and stay smart, supportive and safe - not only for their own wellbeing but that of others too.

If you don't follow the rules you could receive a fine from North Yorkshire Police of at least £200 and potentially up to £10,000. In extreme cases you could also be prosecuted and face an even greater fine imposed by a court.

If you're found to have broken the rules University disciplinary procedures will also apply.

Reporting issues

Spotted someone behaving in a way you don't feel comfortable with? We’ve put together some advice on what to do when someone isn’t following the rules. If you can, raise it directly with the person involved - they may just have forgotten or misunderstood the guidance. If you want to discuss how to raise a concern, try talking it through with your friends or, if you are a first-year student, with your STYMs (Second and Third Year Mentors). You could also ask for advice from your college, your tutor, student ambassadors, the Students' Union (YUSU), or the Student Hub, depending on the nature of the situation.

If this doesn’t work, or you don’t feel comfortable taking a direct approach, you can also report your concerns about another student anonymously using the University’s Report and Support tool.

If you see or hear something on campus you're not happy about - whether it's an illegal party, gathering or any anti-social behaviour - contact Security straight away via Safezone or on 01904 324444.

For practical issues like empty hand sanitiser dispensers, fill in our University Covid Safety Form.