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Coronavirus - update: Monday, 23 March

Coronavirus - update: Monday, 23 March

Published by May Norman at 5:43am 23rd March 2020. (Updated at 5:50pm 23rd March 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Monday, 23 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):



Skipton Auction Mart cancels all shows 

Skipton Auction Mart says it has brought in 'stringent' measures in response to coronavirus. All shows have been cancelled.

Following the latest Government guidelines issued at the beginning of this week, vendors are now only permitted to drop off livestock at the mart, with restricted buyer access to purchase.  

General Manager Jeremy Eaton said:

“While it is essential we remain open and trading for the benefit of both buyers and sellers alike, the market is now completely free of vendors in the sales yard and all shows have been cancelled until further notice.

“In turn, buyers can only walk in, sign in, go straight to the ringside and purchase what they see in front of them. In this way we can tailor sales accordingly and minimise the number of people who attend the market. It is vital we adopt such measures in order to ensure that we keep food on shelves not only in the medium term, but also long-term future."



St Michael's hospice closing Harrogate shops temporarily 

St Michael's hospice has temporarily closed its 11 shops across the Harrogate District.  

It also says it can no longer accept donations of goods and has stopped its collection service.  

The charity supports people who are living with terminal illness.  

You can read more here.  






Mayor's wife "seems like she's coming around" 

Stray FM's Local Democracy Reporter has been speaking to Mayor of Harrogate Councillor Stuart Martin. 

It's after Cllr Martin revealed his wife, April, has Covid-19. 

The pair are currently in self-isolation. 

Cllr Martin said: 

"April is normally a fit and healthy person, and she has no underlying health conditions, but it just whacked her for six.

“It was last Monday when her symptoms first started showing and at the end of the day we took the decision to put ourselves in self-isolation.

“She is absolutely exhausted and has still got the cough, but her breathing and temperature is getting better so it seems like she is coming around."

You can read more here


Network Rail issues safety warning for parents 

Network Rail is urging parents to warn their kids of the dangers of trespassing on railways. 

It says cases of trespass always rise when children are off school. 

You can read more and see all of their safety advice here


Great British Food Festival at Harewood House re-arranged 

Organisers of the Great British Food and Drink Festival have postponed all of their events up until August 2020. 

The festival was due to be held at Harewood House on 23rd - 25th May.  

The event has been re-arranged for 3rd-4th October. 





Great Yorkshire Show cancelled 

Organisers The Yorkshire Agricultural Society have released a statement this lunchtime, announcing the 2020 show has been called off due to coronavirus. 

The society say they're "extremely sorry" and their goal is to return "bigger and better next year". 

You can read their full statement here


Libraries closing 

North Yorkshire's libraries will be closing from 5pm tonight. 


Message from North Yorkshire's Director of Health 

North Yorkshire County Council's Director of Health and Adult Services has taken to social media to share some advice. 

Richard Webb is reiterating the advice for social distancing: 



Mayoress tests positive 

The Mayor of Harrogate, Councillor Stuart Martin, says his wife April has tested positive for covid-19. 

In a tweet, he urged people to "follow advice that's been given". 


More closures to promote social distancing

There's a warning the pandemic is a 'national emergency, not a national holiday'.

Over the weekend, there were queues of cars going to places like the Yorkshire Dales.

Residents claim these visitors could end up putting more strain on limited resources.


Community spirit alive and well

This is amazing! Everyone is looking out for each other during the outbreak.

Natalie Pinder had a nice surprise one morning - she shared the moment on Facebook:


Parks in Leeds to close

Leeds City Council will be temporarily closing all playgrounds in its parks from today (Monday 23 March) as part of the authority’s efforts to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Whilst parks will remain open for the time being, all playgrounds in parks will be closed and the gates will be locked with notices in place.


Lack of social distancing

The Prime Minister's warning "further measures" may be necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus, if people don't stay two metres apart.

Over the weekend large crowds gathered in parks and seaside resorts up and down the country.

This paramedic took to Twitter to express his frustrations as the lack of 'social distancing'.


Changes to train services

Train companies are operating reduced schedules from this morning - far fewer people are travelling because of the crisis.

The advice is check before you travel,

However, the government's warning against all but essential travel.


Reminder of the 'at risk' groups

Public Health England are reminded people who are in the 'at risk' group to take the advice being issued.


Urgent help needed at Harrogate Hospital

Parents are being urged to keep their children at home, unless their work is deemed to be 'critical' to the country's response to the outbreak.

Schools across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale are only partially open from today.

For most, children will be at home with their mums, dads and carers.

Steph Heald works as a Business and Success Coach in Ilkley.

She's giving some tips on how to home-educate children during the outbreak.


Harrogate District Hospital issues urgent plea

Hospital bosses are looking for more volunteers to help during the coronavirus outbreak.

Roles needed include administrative and manual handling jobs.

Volunteers need to be between 16 and 70-years-old and have no underlying medical conditions.

For more information on the roles needed, click here.


Local cases on the rise

There has been an increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases locally.

In North Yorkshire, there have been 20 cases.

In Leeds, 29 cases and in Bradford, that figure stands at 11.