How has York Coped with the pandemic?
York is a city on the Northeast of England. The city has a population of around 210,618 people, and the city has become the capitol of the northern province for the Church of England.
York was not always a thriving city though, as York was bombed as park of the Baedeker Blitz in 1942. Although less affected by bombing than other northern cities, several historic buildings were destroyed, and restoration efforts continued into the 1960s.
So, how has York, a city used to being dealt with adversity, dealt with the pandemic? Well, York has had 30,578 cases in total of corona virus at the time of writing. Also, 30 in every 100,000 people have the corona virus.
York has a positive approach to the corona virus though, that is aiming to focus on how people can protect each other. York has proposed to work with communities and businesses, with infection prevention being one of their key priorities.
York has also started to offer symptom free corona virus tests, to help the city cases remain as low as possible. York council is encouraging people to test themselves at least twice a week to stop the virus from spreading.
This work will support the Council’s efforts to increase the number of people being tested for COVID to identify symptom-free cases and stop the spread of the virus.
York has also followed all the government guidelines that are in place, which include face masks and social distancing measures. By following these guidelines, on top of the councils’ own efforts, it has allowed some of York’s bigger attractions to remain open.
One of these in question is the national Railway Museum. The museum is home to iconic locomotives and a varied collection of engineering technology. The museum wants to celebrate the past, present and the future on the development of railways.
The museum has a miniature railway ride which is designed so that visitors can experience a fantastic miniature railway experience.
There are also exhibitions such as the railway hero’s exhibition, which is a collection of interviews from railway workers who have helped get key workers to and from their jobs and given back to their communities, and country, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are over 350,000 objects in the museum, with the most famous being the flying Scotsman. The museum also has a under 5s play area to keep the little ones entertained and a merchandise shop. Further information can be found on the museum’s website.
Another great attraction is the York Castle Museum. This museum features some of the castles most historic moments and objects, such as the Automation clock. This clock features moving figures and sound dates from the 1780s.
In 2018, the clock underwent restoration and was repaired to its former glory. The castle offers guided tours, and there is free entry to castle but tickets must be pre booked in advance to visit. Further information can be found on the castle’s website.
Overall, has shown that by following government guidelines, and by also adding their own extra resources, that it can cope with a pandemic. This in turn has allowed the bigger attraction to remain open despite this, which is great for both visitors and locals alike. York is a great place to visit if you can do so.