NEW YORK -- England's Yorkshire region reinstated some travel
restrictions after 17 new cases of hoof-and-mouth disease in farm
animals were confirmed during the last two weeks.
All foot and bridle paths in the 700-square-mile Yorkshire Dales
National Park are closed, as are walking paths outside the
The Yorkshire Tourist Board said visitors, many of whom come to
the region to hike, are down by 60%, and 20 tourism-related
businesses, mostly small accommodation providers, have closed up
The board said it has stepped up advertising and public
relations campaigns, but added that local businesses will be
"totally devastated" if the downturn continues through the high
Yorkshire is located in northwest England, just south of the
Most travel restrictions, which were put in place in early
March, had been lifted after government authorities declared the
outbreak under control a few weeks ago.