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COVID-19: Latest updates from the North York Moors National Park Authority

The North York Moors National Park Authority has today (27 March) released the following statement in response to COVID-19:

The Authority said: "Do not travel to the North York Moors unless this is really essential and Government has now stated that travel for exercise is not classed as essential. This is the key message from the National Park Authority. Stay at home and protect vulnerable people and the NHS.

"The weekend saw large numbers of people congregating across the National Park. As a result of this, the Authority’s car parks and toilets are now closed.

"While we appreciate that exercise and contact with nature is a vital part of our lives, this should be done locally and, of course, at a safe distance from other people.

"Government advice is that ‘essential’ does not include travel for exercise, visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar for whatever purpose.

“The Car Park closures are subject to any advice to the contrary from local police and changes in Government guidance.

"This appears to be the best way of ensuring everyone’s safety. The sooner we can beat COVID 19, the sooner we can all get back to enjoying the North York Moors."

Please note toilet closures are subject to any advice to the contrary from local police and changes in Government guidance.

COVID-19 – Heather burning in the North York Moors

The North York Moors National Park Authority has today (26 March) called on land managers to stop controlled burns within the North York Moors National Park.

The call comes following the National Fire Chief urging landowners not to undertake unnecessary burns at a time when all Fire and Rescue Services are under additional pressures due to COVID-19.  It also follows the Authority’s informal approaches to moorland managers last week and witnessing a few burns since then.

Chief Executive, Andy Wilson, stated “In other parts of the country the Fire and Rescue Service has already responded to a number of fires involving moorland and other vegetation this week. The current period of dry and mild weather has increased the fire risk in the National Park.”

“The Moorland Association, which represent many of our upland land managers, has already advised its members of the current wildfire risks and associated implications under COVID-19 restrictions and supports a suspension of burning.”

“This call is consistent with our other messaging to reduce potential pressure on public services such as the requirement on visitors to stay away from the North York Moors including for the purpose of exercise.”

18 March update

Further to current government advice on the coronavirus outbreak, the North York Moors National Park Authority made the decision to close both The Moors National Park Centre (including the Inspired by... gallery) near Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, as well as cancelling/postponing all communal National Park events, exhibitions, school visits and other activities planned to take place at these locations from 18 March until 31 May. All guided walks run by the National Park have also been cancelled/postponed between this period. Office buildings are open for essential visits only.

Public toilets run by the Authority and Rights of Way remain open at present.

For those who have booked events via Eventbrite, you will receive an automatic refund. If you have booked via any other means i.e. made a booking at the Centres, please call 01439 772737 or email Sally Ann Smith:

Planning applications are still being processed – current Planning Service operations in the light of the coronavirus outbreak are detailed here, while you can find more general information on the Planning section of the website.

We are constantly reviewing all government advice and will provide further updates accordingly.