YORK Minster has closed to the public until further notice due to the Covid pandemic.

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

Clergy will continue to offer prayer inside the cathedral on a daily basis and services will be live-streamed 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 within the cathedral and we will continue to offer worship online so people can join us from the comfort of their own homes.”

The public can send a prayer to be said in the cathedral by a member of the clergy by emailing prayer@yorkminster.org and Sunday services will be streamed at 11am and 4pm at yorkminster.org