York Minster closed until further notice

Police turn people away from the doors at York Minster on 17 March 2020. Photograph: Richard McDougall

The Chapter of York, the governing body of York Minster, today announced that the Minster will be closed until further notice.

The decision, which will be reviewed on a regular basis, follows yesterday’s update from the UK Government on the national response to the coronavirus and today’s statement by the Archbishops of York and Canterbury.

The decision covers the many events, concerts and programmes that are part of the life of the Minster.

The closure also applies to the Old Palace Museum, Library and Archives in Dean’s Park.

Minster police guard the West entrance
Dean’s Park itself, a much loved open space within the city centre, will remain open. Following current government advice, the Minster School will remain open.

All decisions will remain under review on a daily basis.

In a statement the Chapter of York said:

“Since 627AD, through all the many changes and challenges facing the city of York and the communities of the North, the Minster Community has kept a rhythm of prayer and openness to God alive. Even though the Minster will be closed to the public, the Minster clergy will still maintain a pattern of daily prayer, praying for the needs of the nation and our world at this time.”

Commenting on the decision, The Right Revd Dr Jonathan Frost, Dean of York said:

  • We find ourselves in unprecedented times. But the same disciplines of prayer and mutual care that have been life giving in the past will now serve us well in the future.

    I’m well aware that in the communities of York and across the North, there are plans developing for mutual aid and for taking care of our neighbours, particularly the most vulnerable and needy.