York ‘No One Expected This’: York At Crossroads As Coronavirus Takes Toll



By Josh Halliday in The Guardian.

For a city that has been at the heart of major national events for 17 centuries, beloved both by medieval kings and warring Romans, York has seen its fortunes rise and fall over the years.

But new questions about the future of the former Viking capital of England are being asked as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to devastate its tourism-driven economy, with one in four jobs relying on the money brought in by more than 8 million people who visit its cobbled streets every year.

Rachael Maskell, the Labour MP for York Central, said the city was at “an economic crossroads” and would go “off the cliff” without urgent government support for its fragile economy. “People paint York as this kind of chocolate box city whereas we are very much a post-industrial city of the north,” she said.



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