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LIVE: Coronavirus: The details in real time

LIVE: Coronavirus: The details in real time

Published by May Norman at 9:38am 13th March 2020. (Updated at 7:07pm 17th March 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: The World Health Organisation has declared a global emergency.

Stray FM has put together an advice page - which can be found here.

We are also updating this interactive article in real-time, with the latest local information.

Here's what you need to know:


Coronavirus death confirmed at Harrogate District Hospital

Harrogate hospital bosses have confirmed the patient who tested positive for coronavirus has died.

They've released a statement confirming the news.

In it, a hospital trust spokesperson confirmed an elderly patient, who tested positive for COVID-19, had other significant underlying health conditions.

The positive case was first confirmed on Sunday.

Two further deaths have been announced.

Two patients - a man and a woman, both in their 70s, who also had "significant" underlying health conditions were being treated at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.



St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Wetherby closing on Friday 

It will close on Friday 20th March and  remain closed for two weeks



Tour de Yorkshire 2020 postponed 


North Yorkshire Council suspends democratic process

North Yorkshire County Council has suspended meetings with elected members.  It has handed decision-making powers to its chief officer.  The authority’s leader, Councillor Carl Les, said the authority was following the latest government guidance.


Listers Farm Shop near Boroughbridge closing

In a statement, the shop said the decision follows a "challenging" past few months of trading:

"It is with very heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision to close Listers Farm Shop. It has been a challenging past few months of trading.

"We had hoped things would improve with the new year but unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. We will be closing the doors for the final time on Friday 27th March - please bear in mind this might be earlier depending on how quickly the remaining stock sells.

"We would like to encourage everyone to support their local independent shops, so they too don’t disappear from the high street.

"Thank you to all our loyal customers for your support over the years - we will miss you."


Hookstone Chase Primary School partially closed from tomorrow 

It will be closed to reception, Year One and Two pupils. 

In a statement, the school said:

"This is to advise you that from Wed 18th March children at Hookstone Chase Primary  school in Harrogate will be closed to all children in reception classes, year one and two classes and in our Enhanced Mainstream provision class."





Baltzersen's cafe closing

Baltzersen's cafe in Harrogate is closing temporarily from tomorrow:



Conservative Spring Forum cancelled 

It was supposed to be held at Harrogate Convention Centre on 3-4 April. 

A message on the Conservative Party’s website reads:

“Due to the Covid-19 outbreak we have decided to cancel this year’s Spring Forum. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but the health and safety of our delegates is our main concern.”


West Yorkshire public transport to continue 

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), which oversees transport in the county, said it is working with operators to ensure the public transport network is available for ‘essential travel’ in the coming weeks, in spite of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from WYCA read:

“Whilst many people will choose not to travel, key workers will still need to get to work.

“The Combined Authority is co-ordinating the public transport response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to ensure services are as resilient as possible, especially for key workers.

“The government has recommended that people should work from home where possible but the combined authority is working to ensure the public transport network continues to be available for those who need travel.”

School bus services will operate where schools remain open.


Leeds City Council-run leisure centres, museums, galleries and venues to close from tomorrow

The closures will affect sites in Otley.  

A spokesperson for Leeds City Council said:

"We continue to follow national guidance around managing the impact of Coronavirus, and will therefore be closing a large number of our buildings and facilities to the public from tomorrow morning (March 18).

"These closures will remain in place throughout March and April. We will be monitoring developments and following government guidance with regards to when it may then be appropriate and practical for us to reopen our sites.




'Feel Good Fair' in Skipton postponed

It had been scheduled at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton on 5th April.  The event has been moved to Sunday 6th September.




Skipton Triathlon postponed

It will now be held in September.  


Royal Mail workers not giving customers hand-held devices to sign for post

Workers who are delivering post to customers will log the name of the person accepting the item and will sign on their behalf.   

Items that are too big to fir through a letterbox will be placed on the doorstep.  



Euro 2020 postponed until summer of 2021 following coronavirus

UEFA has postponed Euro 2020 until the summer of 2021 to allow European leagues more time to complete their seasons amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision comes after UEFA held conference calls with its 55 member associations, the board of the European Club Association and the board of the European Leagues.

Domestic competitions across Europe were due to be finished before Euro 2020, which was to be held in 12 different cities, began on June 12.


Britons advised to avoid all non-essential foreign travel for 30 days

The foreign secretary's advising British people against 'all but essential travel' outside the UK for at least thirty days.

Dominic Raab says they're doing 'all they can' to make sure people stuck overseas because of the pandemic get home safe.

He's told the House of Commons that officials are 'working around the clock'.



Another one cancelled

The Yorkshire Motorhome and Campervan Show is another event being cancelled.

On the organisers website, it states:

"In light of the governments public announcement this afternoon and the restriction on mass gatherings, along with the advice given to the public to avoid non-essential travel, Warner’s have taken the decision to cancel The Yorkshire Motorhome & Campervan Show scheduled for 20th – 22nd March 2020.

We will be in touch with all those who have booked to organise ticket refunds as soon as possible. Please bear with us.

We will start to assess plans for our future events as this week continues.

Thank you for your continued support during these exceptional circumstances."


Another event casualty of the coronavirus crisis

Fans' favourite Springtime Live has been cancelled.

Organisers have made the announcement.

The event was due to take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground on March 28.

Organisers continue to follow Government advice which has led to the sad decision to cancel the event, due to be held on Saturday March 28.

All ticket holders will be contacted, and they will be automatically refunded.



More cancellations

Ripon's VE Celebrations are being postponed.

They were due to take place in June - but have been moved to the VJ Day anniversary weekend in August.

More information can be found on the Ripon City Council website.


Bilton Community Centre

Stray FM has been contacted by Chris Knight - a Trustee of Bilton Community Centre - letting us know that the centre is due to temporarily close.

From midnight on Friday, 20 March, the centre will shut until further notice.

The groups who use the Centre have been notified.



Betty's to close temporarily due to coronavirus

Betty's has taken to Twitter to announce it's to close its cafes and Cookery School.

It will affect six cafes in total.

The shops will remain open for the time being - as will the mail order service.



Another school closure

King James's School in Knaresborough has announced partial closure.

Years 9, 10 and 12 will be CLOSED.

The school will remain open to Years 7, 8, 11 and 13.

It's due to staffing shortages following yesterday's updated advice from the government.



Communities coming together

A reminder that many support groups have popped up on social media.

Facebook is a good place to find out how you can help - whether it's an elderly neighbour, a vulnerable person or anyone else.

All the details on the latest groups offering support can be found here.


Latest school news

A decision's been made to partially close Harrogate Grammar.

In a letter to parents, Years 8, 9 and 12 are to close today (Tuesday, 17 March).

It's due to staffing issues over coronavirus.

More details here.


PM tells Britons to avoid pubs, restaurants and non-essential travel

Boris Johnson has told Britons to avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants and theatres and to only make essential journeys in the "national fightback" against coronavirus.


Non-essential travel to EU to be banned

The EU is planning to ban all non-essential travel into the European Union.  UK citizens will not be affected though.  

It'll last for a minimum of 30 days - but could be for longer.  It won't affect long-term residents in the EU and family members of EU nationals.  



Wetherby racing to take place behind closed doors

There will be no crowd for tomorrow's racing.


Julia Mulligan to stay on for an extra year

The police, fire and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire will stay in her role for another year after all local elections were postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus.

PFCC Julia Mulligan had been preparing to step down from her position after failing to be automatically selected as the Conservative candidate – but she now says she is committed to the job for another 12 months.


Communities come together to help the vulnerable 

A number of community groups have already been set up locally to support the elderly and vulnerable during the outbreak. 

You can find out more here


Message from the Early Bird Running Club 

Organiser Ben Dave says the club will no longer be meeting at the Cenotaph in Harrogate or the Market Cross in Knaresborough. 

BUT runners are being urged to keep active but set off from their doorstep and run their own route. 

Ben said:

"Community is going to become even more important in the coming months, and we have an incredible one that we all should be proud of!

"Let’s keep EBRC going though this, keep our minds and bodies healthy and look out for each other.

"Be sure to share your run online using the hashtag #EARLYBIRDRUNCREW

"Of course you can still run with friends and arrange to run with other members of the crew if you are feeling well,  but we would like to offer the following advice…

  • social distancing (run 2m apart)
  • no hugging/physical contact
  • if you’ve been in contact with anyone suspected of COVID-19 please avoid
  • if you feel ill (new, persistent cough or temperature) please stay at home and self-isolate
  • always wash your hands before and after running

"We are a running community and we do our best to look out for each other. We need to be mindful of slowing down the spread of this illness and protecting those around us who are most vulnerable. It goes without saying that if anyone is in difficulty or needs help over the coming weeks and months we will work together as a community to support each other.

"If you know of others who are not on Facebook and who come to EBRC please pass the message on.

"See you on the streets tomorrow morning 👊"



Bradford Council Meeting cancelled  

A Full Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been called off.

The council says this is to "enable councillors and staff to focus on full-time planning to respond yo Coronavirus." 

Here's their full statement:

A decision has been taken to cancel the Full Council meeting due to take place tomorrow (17 March) in order to enable councillors and staff to focus on full-time planning to respond to Coronavirus. 

Bradford Council Leader Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said:

“Our councillors need to be out in their communities supporting constituents their rather than sitting in City Hall talking to each other.  Lots of brilliant work is going in communities across the district helping people and I want to thank people for thinking of their neighbours first.

“Other decision-making meetings will continue to take place so that business as usual is maintained.  It’s common sense though, that in these unprecedented circumstances, the priority should be to ensure we direct Council resources well.”  

Bradford Council Chief Executive Kersten England said:

“We have taken the decision to cancel the meeting of Full Council tomorrow in consultation with all the major political parties due to the pressing demands on the local authority to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

“The Council takes the democratic process very seriously and we will be reviewing all our democratic arrangements and processes to ensure the authority can continue to operate effectively.”


Support in Spofforth 

Alison from the Spofforth Deli and Post Office has been in touch. 

Instead of going into Harrogate, people can now pick up their prescriptions from Leeds Road Surgery from the shop. 

Alison says these prescriptions can be delivered if people are self-isolating. 

The shop has a group of around 30 volunteers ready to help people if they need it. As well as handing out prescriptions, the team is happy to deliver shopping or offer a friendly phone call. 

To find out more call the shop on 01937 591358 or email  



Otley Business Awards cancelled 

The Otley Chamber of Trade has cancelled this year's event.  

It says regrettably, the decision's been taken to cancel the ceremony, saying the Awards will be distributed to the winners in due course. 

More below: 


Ilkley GP surgery to screen patients

Springs Medical Centre in Ilkley is operating a restricted entrance policy 




Latest figures 

According to the latest government data, there are 7 confirmed cases of coronavirus in North Yorkshire, 19 in Leeds and 6 in Bradford. 


You can see the latest information from across the UK here




Scam warning 

There's a warning about scam callers as more people start to spend more time at home.

A company that makes call blocking devices says it expects an increase in scammers pretending to be the police, banks or HMRC.   

You can read more and find out how to protect yourself here



Patient in Harrogate tests positive

A patient in Harrogate District Hospital has tested positive for coronavirus.

Health bosses have confirmed the news.

They add the patient is being 'very safely cared for' and 'all of the appropriate protection measures are in place.'


More UK deaths confirmed

The Department of Health has updated the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK.

The figure is up to 35, a rise of 14.


The USA is now added to 'avoid all but essential' travel list...

Following a US imposed ban on flights from the UK which comes into force in the early hours of Tuesday morning our time, the Foreign Office are now advising against 'all but essential travel' to the country.

People with upcoming journeys planned are advised to check with their airlines and tour operators.

The USA joins Spain on a growing list of countries we're being advised not to go to...


Foreign Office advises against 'all but essential' travel to Spain...

Overnight the Foreign Office has added all of Spain to the list of countries they're advising UK residents against travelling to.

It's after the Spanish government announced a 'State of Emergency' yesterday.

Sweeping restrictions have been put in place which ban people from leaving their homes unless going to work, or to buy essential supplies and medicines.

Anyone due to go on holiday to Spain is advised to consult their airline or tour operator.



Health Secretary says elderly may be asked to stay at home...

This morning the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed reports that over 70s may be asked to stay at home for their own safety if the coronavirus outbreak gets worse.

He's told Sky News 'it is in the action plan' and more details will be revealed as and when necessary...


The latest local figures...

Figures from Public Health England show there are now 2 confirmed cases of coronavirus in North Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, there's a total of 4 cases of Covid-19 in the Bradford district, and 9 in the Leeds city council area.

The numbers are usually updated daily, you can find them here


UK included in US travel ban

The US is extending its European travel ban to the UK and the Republic of Ireland from Monday.

President Donald Trump confirmed the news in answer to a reporter's question at the White House.



Spain expected to lockdown

The Spanish government is poised to declare a 15-day national lockdown on Monday to battle coronavirus.

Under the decree being finalised, people would be allowed out only for emergencies, to buy food, or for work.

Currently there have been 191 deaths and 6,046 infections.



Number of tested 

The Department of Health has confirmed 1,140 people have tested positive for covid-19 in the UK.

More details:


More coronavirus deaths

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has doubled in just 24 hours.

Ten more patients have died after contracting the virus – bringing the total fatalities in the country so far to 21.

It's reported the ten patients had underlying health conditions, 


Masham Recruitment Event goes ahead


Advice given to help people stay connected


People offering to help Ilkley Good Neighbours


Public Health England's latest message


Jet2 cancel all flights to Spain

These include from Leeds Bradford Airport.


An idea to help local businesses


Otley Chamber of Trade and Commerce share message to support local businesses 


Masham Recruitment Event set to go ahead


North Yorkshire fire service reducing non-essential contact

The Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie posted this update.




North Yorkshire County Council say they are working with partners to monitor developments


NHS advice for self-isolation


No league action for Knaresborough Town or Harrogate Railway for the foreseeable future

The Northern Counties East League have announced all their league and cup matches have been postponed with immediate effect, no set date is given for when matches will take place again.


Julia Mulligan reacts to local elections delay

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has spoken after it was announced they will be pushed back a year.

“Given the spread of Coronavirus and the unpredictability of the weeks ahead, I completely understand this decision.

“For the time being, every focus we have must be to ensure the health and wellbeing of people across North Yorkshire and the country as a whole. It follows that I remain in office and committed to the role to ensure there is continuity at a time when our brave emergency services will no doubt be tested.”


Settle library closed


London Marathon postponed

It has been moved to Sunday 4th October 


Henshaws Arts and Craft Centre in Knaresborough closed 

The centre is closed to external visitors until further notice, to protect vulnerable service users and to mitigate the virus risk.


Yorkshire County Cricket Club men's team returning home early

They'll return early from their pre-season tour to Mumbai.  

In a statement, the club said: 

"The squad, who were scheduled to return from India on Tuesday 24th March, will now return to the UK at the earliest possible opportunity.

Having monitored the situation regarding the Covid-19 virus, the Club has taken the decision to bring all players and staff back immediately. With England’s tour to Sri Lanka postponed earlier today, and the spread of the virus expected to continue, this was deemed as the only possible course of action.

The health of the players, support staff and their families come first. The Club will continue to monitor the situation surrounding the virus as plans for alternative preparations for the season are made."


Conservative Party National Spring Forum still going ahead

The Conservative Party’s National Spring Forum is still set to go ahead as planned in Harrogate – despite the spread of the coronavirus.

Its director, Paula Lorimer, said:

“The Conservatives were actually here with us on Monday, so as far as we are concerned it is still going ahead as planned, unless we hear anything different.  

“We do not cancel our events, it is the clients who make that decision. We have got a few clients who we are speaking with at the minute to make a plan B.”


Local elections postponed until 2021

The government has decided to postpone May's local elections until next year.   

Yesterday, the Electoral Commission wrote to ministers recommending they be put off - because of coronavirus fears. 

Polls for local councils in many parts of England were due to be held, as well as mayoral contests and police and crime commissioners in England and Wales. 


Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election could be postponed

The Electoral Commission has written to the government’s constitution minister – MP Chloe Smith – to recommend all local elections be postponed.

North Yorkshire is set to hold its police, fire and crime commissioner election on May 7th – but the commission says there are “growing risks to the delivery of the polls” with the number of Covid-19 virus infections rising. 

The current Commissioner Julia Mulligan is standing down.  


Harrogate Town match postponed

Tonight's match between Harrogate Town and Solihull Moors in the National League has been postponed.  Town says four employees are currently in self-isolation.  

The club has released a statement:

"It is with regret that we have had cause to apply to The National League for the postponement of our league fixture this evening with Solihull Moors.

We have four employees currently under self isolation and we have a duty of care for the health and wellbeing of players, staff and supporters.

We trust you will support our decision."


Elkie Brooks performance at Harrogate Theatre cancelled

It's not connected to coronavirus 


Football games postponed

All games in North East Regional Womens Football League have been postponed until Sunday 5th April 


Calling all Emmerdale fans

If you were heading to the Emmerdale experience, you might want to take a look at this:


UPDATE: Travelling to Spain?

The Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to certain regions in Spain.

The restricted areas are Madrid, La Rioja and the municipalities of La Bastida, Vitoria and Miranda de Ebro.

More can be read here.





Bradford City Council - email updates

Bradford City Council is encouraging people to sign up to its emails which will including updates on coronavirus:


Latest advice from North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council reminding us of the most common symptoms of coronavirus:



Harrogate Convention Centre - postponed event

Stray FM's been contacted by the Harrogate Convention Centre about one of their events.

ACE has postponed its event due to coronavirus.

It was due to take place on 19 and 20 March.

The event has been re-arranged for 8 – 11 March 2021.



Wash your hands regularly!

The advice is to regularly wash your hands to prevent the spread.

This is useful to watch:


Powerful coronavirus poem

A school teacher has expressed her thoughts and feelings by writing a poem around coronavirus.

Such a powerful listen:


Companies rally around to help the elderly

The elderly, especially those with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease, may be severely affected by the new virus.

As a result, many are taking precautionary measures at staying at home if they can.

But one Harrogate company, who has taken to Twitter, highlighting a drop in elderly customers, is helping those directly affected:



Public Health England confirm an increase in North Yorkshire cases

Four more people have tested positive for coronavirus.

The details have been released by Public Health England.

In addition, there are 7 cases in Leeds and 3 Bradford.

In total, there are 44 cases in Yorkshire and North East.