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Disused hospital could reopen to treat virus patients

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A disused psychiatric hospital in York could be reopened to treat coronavirus patients.

Bootham Park hospital

York Central's Labour MP Rachael Maskell said Bootham Park Hospital was under consideration if the NHS needed to increase capacity to cope with a high number of seriously ill residents.

She said: “There could be a very high level of sick people in the city and we can’t see where they are all going to go. We will need serious space."

The Grade-I listed hospital was built in 1777 and closed in 2015.

Last year it was announced it would be sold off after attempts to keep it publicly-owned had failed.

Yorkshire national parks urge people to stay away

North Yorkshire's national parks are urging people to stay away this weekend.

The Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has told people to heed government instructions and stay at home.

Visitor centres, car parks and toilets are all closed, while public rights of way remain open for residents to take exercise and shop for essentials.

North York Moors

Bosses at the North York Moors have the same message and say they are grateful that people are responding.