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We are now closed for public services, private prayer and sightseeing. We will also continue to livestream Sunday services at 11am and 4pm via our YouTube channel, so you can join the services from home.

York Minster has closed to the public from today (Tuesday 12 January) until further notice in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The cathedral closed to sightseeing visitors on 31 December when York moved into tier three, but has now also closed for public services and private prayer.

Clergy will continue to offer prayer on a daily basis. You are welcome to join the Minster Community on Zoom to offer Morning and Evening Prayer, Monday to Friday at 8am and 5pm. These are simple, said services comprising the Daily Offices which are normally said in the Cathedral. We would be glad to welcome you to the community.

If you would like to find out more about joining the praying community at York Minster please email Canon Maggie McLean who will be pleased to tell you more missioner@yorkminster.org.

Services will be livestreamed on Sundays so people can join worship from their homes.

The Dean of York, The Right Revd Dr Jonathan Frost, said: “We feel this is the right decision in the current climate to keep our staff, volunteers, visitors and congregations safe.

“We will review the decision on a regular basis. In the meantime, our clergy will continue to keep the regular pattern of daily prayer and we will continue to offer worship online so people can join us from the comfort of their own homes.”

Members of the public can send a prayer to be said by a member of the clergy by emailing prayer@yorkminster.org.

Dean’s Park, the green space to the north of the cathedral, will remain open on a daily basis from 10am to 4pm.

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