YORK Minster will be welcoming sightseers on Saturday for the first time since lockdown began.

The Minster re-opened for public worship last Saturday, but this weekend will be the first time that general visitors can enter since March 16.

In line with Government and Church of England guidance, measures have been put in place to help keep visitors and staff safe.

These include limiting the numbers allowed inside, reduced seating and a one-way system.

Hand sanitizer points, additional cleaning and staff and clergy wearing face masks are among the other measures in place.

Worshippers attending public services will also be asked to leave their name and contact details to assist with the NHS Test and Trace programme.

The Dean of York, the Right Revd Dr Jonathan Frost said: “We are delighted to open our doors again to welcome people for public worship and to explore this magnificent sacred space.”

Parts of the cathedral will initially remain closed including the Central Tower and Undercroft Museum.