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

The North York Moors National Park Authority has 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. 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 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.

ENDS

Media contact

Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
press@northyorkmoors.org.uk
01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

Further information about the North York Moors National Park and other press releases are available on this website.