Pictures: The moment Dean’s Park reopened (and people are already enjoying being back)

Unlocking the gates at Dean's Park. Photographs: Richard McDougall
1 Jun 2020 @ 12.15 pm
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Dean’s Park reopened today – after a slight delay…

Minster Police were on hand to unlock the gates which have been shut since the start of lockdown.

After finding their key didn’t work on the gate outside the West Front of York Minster, they had to nip back to the lodge to get the correct one.

Looking as lovely as ever

Then it was padlock open, chains unwound, and the park admitting visitors once again.

It’s was symbolic moment in the easing of the restrictions – this ancient piece of land, once home to the Roman fortress and the Archbishop’s Palace, open to all in the city once more.

And the first person in was YorkMix‘s Richard McDougall to take these photos.

Respect social distancing

It’s an historic site

There are still restrictions. You can only enter via the gate next to the West Front, not the Treasurer’s House end.

And in a statement today, York Minster said: “People using the area are asked to respect Government advice and social distancing guidance by remaining at least 2m apart from others outside of their group at all times to ensure the park remains open for all.

“Please note that ball games, smoking and dogs are not permitted.
“The cathedral and its wider precinct currently remain closed to the public while its governing body, the Chapter of York, plan how to safely reopen for worship and sightseeing, in line with advice from Government and Public Health England.”

By lunchtime there were plenty of people in the park enjoying the sunshine, while keeping safely apart from one another.

It will be open daily from 10am to 6pm.