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Coronavirus - update: Wednesday 18 March

Coronavirus - update: Wednesday 18 March

Published by May Norman at 6:31am 18th March 2020. (Updated at 5:41pm 18th March 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Wednesday, 18 March

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

We are also updating this interactive article DAILY, with the latest local information.

Here's what you need to know (this page will be regularly updated):





Bradford Council condemns panic-buying in supermarkets

The Council's leader, Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, said in a statement:

“Times such as this bring out the best and the worst in us. We have all been staggered by the run on some items in supermarkets. It’s completely unnecessary. The supermarkets have clearly said there is enough food to go round if we all buy our fair share and no more.

"Similarly I have been angered by the shops who have sought to make money out of worried people by hiking up prices on essential items. They should immediately stop such practices. We are reporting this to Trading Standards.




Schools in England to close on Friday

Schools in England will close on Friday until further notice, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.  



Emmerdale filming to continue 

Some good news for soap fans - Emmerdale will continue to film new episodes despite the virus outbreak.   

Coronation Street filming will also continue - but EastEnders has confirmed production on the show will be postponed until further notice.


All hotels in Spain closing on Tuesday 

Any travellers in Spain are being told to get back before Tuesday.

All hotels in the country are closing then.

Meanwhile Ryanair is cutting flight schedules by more than 80 percent, which will happen over the next 8 days.


Restrictions on hospital visiting at Airedale Hospital

The restrictions, which have taken immediate effect, are:

    • Only ONE VISITOR PER BED will be allowed on the adult inpatient wards including the maternity ward.   Visitor must be immediate family or carer and no children under 12 years
    • For the Labour suite: one visitor (no children) and/or birthing partner.  Visitor must be immediate family or carer
    • For the Children's ward: Overnight – 1 parent or caregiver can be resident; 
    • Daytime – 2 parents or caregivers can visit
    • Only one person to attend an appointment with a patient  
    • Visitors should not visit any inpatient wards, diagnostic and outpatient areas if they are unwell, especially if they have a high temperature or a new, persistent cough or if they are vulnerable as a result of their medication, a chronic illness or they are over 70 years of age
    • Once the visitor has completed their visit, other visitors will not be permitted to swap places. Instead, other family members or carers should arrange between them to make a separate visit at a different time
    • Family, friends and other well-wishers should not gather in the hospital, as this increases the risk of infection
    • All visitors should follow good hygiene practice (wash their hands before and after visiting, use hand sanitisers on the ward). 

Rob Aitchison, Chief Operating Officer at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says: 

“For everyone’s safety we are reducing the number of visitors to the hospital.  We appreciate these may be hard to follow and we understand that many people want to visit the hospital with other friends and family to offer support, however, coronavirus is a serious infectious disease and we must do everything we can to slow the spread.  This means reducing the number of people visiting the hospital.  

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support and understanding, and for helping to keep our hospital environment as safe as possible for all our patients, visitors and staff.”


Reduced emergency timetables on buses and trains 'expected' by the weekend

A reduced service could be implemented on trains and buses from the weekend.  


Facebook support group for Knaresborough residents 

A new Facebook group has been set up for Knaresborough residents affected 



Tractor Fest cancelled

The event at Newby Hall was supposed to be held 6-7 June.  


Skipton Gala cancelled

It was scheduled for Saturday 13th June.  


Harrogate Theatre fights to survive

Harrogate Theatre has launched an emergency appeal as it suffers the impact of the coronavirus.

It follows government advice for people to avoid theatres, pubs and restaurants.

Bosses from the theatre are now pleading for the public's support to ensure its survival post coronavirus. 






Eurovision cancelled

The Eurovision Song Contest, which was supposed to be held in Rotterdam in May, has been cancelled.


Bradford museums and galleries to close

It will affect sites in Ilkley and Keighley.  

In a statement, Bradford Council said:

"We continue to follow national guidance around managing the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and will be closing Bradford Museums and Galleries to the public until further notice.

We always love welcoming our visitors to our sites, but the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is always our first priority. We will monitor developments and follow government guidance on when it may be appropriate for us to reopen."


Pret-A-Manger giving NHS staff free hot drinks as thanks for coronavirus efforts

it's a "thank you for everything you are doing."



Calling all TV addicts

The BBC's suspended filming of Casualty, Holby City and Doctors until further notice because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Only two new episodes of Eastenders will be shown each week - that's fewer than normal, to make those already recorded last longer.

The corporation says it's taken the decision to halt all its continuing dramas following the latest government advice.


Changes for Saturday night

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway will take place this weekend without a studio audience, for the first time in its history.

The show, which first aired in 2002, will also have a smaller production crew.

ITV said in a statement:

"Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway will go ahead this weekend without a studio audience.

"Our priority is safeguarding the wellbeing of everyone involved. 

"The show will be made with a reduced production crew and in accordance with the latest guidance from Public Health England."


Cancellations continue to come in

Another victim of the coronavirus.

Ilkley Carnival has been cancelled.

The organisers have decided to put a hold on plans and postpone the event until 2021.


Scam warning

There are more warnings about scams.

Take a read at this:


Get out and get some fresh air

The National Trust have agreed to 𝗥𝗘𝗠𝗢𝗩𝗘 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗣𝗔𝗬 𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗥𝗦 from National Trust parks and Gardens.

In addition, all car parking charges will be removed.

It means we can all enjoy the open space and keep social distance as per the government advice.

Fab news!!!


Open for Business: Stray FM supports local companies during the infection outbreak

Working from home, self-isolation and cancelled events - social distancing is necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus but it could be devastating for local businesses.

However, Stray FM wants to help ease any coronavirus affects with our Open for Business campaign.

It's a FREE platform for businesses to announce if they are making any changes to adapt during the virus outbreak.


More support for elderly and vulnerable

Booths are joining other supermarkets helping to support the elderly and vulnerable.

They're introducing a priority shopping time:


More school closures

Eastburn Junior and Infant School

Partial closure of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 due to staffing shortages, until further notice. 

The Holy Family Catholic School, Keighley 

As a result of staff shortage due to illness, school is closed Year 9 ONLY.




School closures

Nidderdale High School will be affected by partial closures.

It is closed to all Year 9 students.

This is in place today (Wednesday, 18 March) and tomorrow, Thursday (19 March).

All other year groups are expected in as normal.

Partial closures are also affecting St Stephen's Primary School and Nursery in Skipton and Hookstone Chase Primary in Harrogate.

St Joseph's Primary in Wetherby has decided to close on Friday for two weeks, returning after the Easter half term.

More details on school closures can be found here.



Harrogate Bus Company offers free travel to volunteers

The Harrogate Bus Company is pledging its support to help those isolated at home.

It's offering free travel to volunteers who're supporting those living in isolation.

The bus operator is reaching out to organised groups who are delivering food, medicines and vital supplies locally.

Fab work!

More information can be found here.


Otley Carnvial cancelled

The organisers of Otley Carnival have decided to cancel this year's event.

It will be back next year though.

In a comment from the organisers:

"Due to Covid-19 escalating, the Carnival Committee have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Otley Carnival.

"The 2021 Carnival will be held on Saturday 19th June, and I hope that we may be able to work together then."


Fish and chip support

Harrogate Fisheries are offering free non-contact fish and chip deliveries to the elderly in the Bilton community who can’t get out and who don’t have access to online food ordering systems.

The owners have also offered to collect items they may need.

What a lovely gesture!

Anyone who needs some help and support, call the shop on 01423 566092.

Please let anyone who may not have access to social media know of this service and that all deliveries will be contact-free.