Official Statement

Updated: Tuesday 14th January at 6pm.

On Monday 16 March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced measures to combat coronavirus.

Given Mr Johnson urged Britons to avoid pubs, clubs and theatres and stop non-essential travel to reduce the impact of the coronavirus, we took the difficult decision to postpone most events in the York Fashion Week 2020 programme.

All tickets that were purchased for events that were no longer going ahead at that time were successfully refunded.

With us now entering 2021, we will continue to monitor advice from the UK Government and the World Health Organisation and keep you updated. We would like to reassure you that York Fashion Week will re-emerge as strong as ever at the appropriate time.

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who has sent such lovely messages of support about Fashion Week, purchased tickets and supported us online.

With the Coronavirus situation continuing to evolve, I want to reassure you that we’re closely monitoring the advice from both the World Health Organisation and the UK Government and evolving our procedures accordingly. At this point, we really do just want to create the best possible showcase for those taking part, and create as safe an environment as possible.

York Fashion Week, the high street, bars and restaurants are all currently unaffected by Coronavirus – it’s business as usual in our city. But additional measures are in place on this side, that I wanted to keep you all aware of:

  • Our events range from one-on-one sessions, to events with over 100 people. We’ve now capped every event so that no room will have more than 100 guests present. This applies to 6 of our events, with the rest being a lot smaller. But please do contact me if you’d like to discuss a specific event size.
  • Guests are being contacted and we’ll be asking everyone to please stay home if you’re showing any symptoms.
  • Guests will be reminded to adhere to all quarantine restrictions if you’ve been travelling, or have been unwell.
  • All guests will be asked to wash their hands on arrival. to an event.
  • Additional hand sanitation will be available throughout events.
  • Tickets are of course refundable for anyone who might not feel comfortable attending an event. Please do not feel pressured to attend anything, simply get in touch with us directly. We want you to feel safe and will do all we can to ensure this.

We’re staying up to date on any warnings or notifications on the virus, and if anything changes, I can assure you that we’ll move quickly to implement a plan to keep our friends and customers safe.

We will update this release with any key developments.

If you do have any further questions, or concerns, please email do email us at 

Thank you all so much.

Nicky Hayer, Angela Horner & Mark Bewick