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Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 25 March

Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 25 March

Published by May Norman at 6:51am 25th March 2020. (Updated at 5:53pm 25th March 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Wednesday, 25 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):


West Yorkshire annual MCards to be extended 

Bus and rail passengers in West Yorkshire who have an annual ticket will be able to extend their duration so that any unused value can be used once things return to normal.  

Bus and rail operators are running emergency timetables at present.   

Joanna Chew, Commercial Development Manager at the West Yorkshire Ticketing Company, said:

“While we are urging everyone to avoid non-essential use of our public transport network to slow the spread of Covid-19, we recognise that annual customers are concerned about getting the full value of their MCard, which is why we are extending our annual product for those who are not travelling and we are confident that this offers everyone the best value for money in the exceptional circumstances we all face.”



Mental health tips

North Yorkshire Council is reminding people about maintaining mental wellbeing during the virus outbreak.  


Livestock and wildlife worrying in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Police has reported 38 sheep worrying incidents in the county over the last four days, with dog attacks on numerous sheep in Ilkley and Oxenhope.

The force is reminding people that these are all avoidable crimes, putting undue stress on the animals, farmers and an already resource-stretched police forces.


Welcome to Yorkshire gives tips for businesses

The tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak.  Welcome to Yorkshire has provided some tips on steps businesses can take to help.  

You can find out more here.  



Leader of Bradford Council: We 'absolutely must' adapt to social distancing.

The Council is urging people to sign up to its volunteer phone line.  

 Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said in a statement:

"We’re a sociable bunch in Bradford district, a welcoming place, so physical isolation doesn’t come easy.  But we absolutely must quickly adapt to physical distancing because lives depend on it.  Places we have always seen as happy, safe places are now places we need to avoid for fear of spreading the virus – theatres, museums, churches, mosques, play parks – all now closed. 

"Residents can get involved.  Our volunteer phone line is now open for you to register on 01274 431000.  If you are fit and not in one of the vulnerable groups please sign up and we’ll get you trained up and involved, whilst protecting your own health and that of others."


Airedale Hospital launches 'Care for Airedale' campaign

Airedale Hospital is asking people to supply essential items for their workers.   The hospital has launched its ‘Care for Airedale’ campaign in response to the huge outpouring of support for its staff from the local community.

The campaign wants to raise funds for essential items including hand creams, drinks and snacks and care packs including toiletries.

You can read more here.  


Ideas for the kids with some top celebs

This image is doing the rounds on social - some great ideas for "lessons" with the kids that you can get online. If you haven't already, it's worth seeing if your Smart TV has apps for things like YouTube or facebook so you can have these on the big screen. You could also plug in laptops etc if you have that technology.

daily activities for children with celebs during lockdown

If you're having issues seeing the picture search for "PE with Joe Wicks", "Wildlife with Steve Backshall", "Science with Maddie Moate" (from cBeebies), "Maths with Carol Vorderman", "Music with Myleene Klass" or "Storytime with David Walliams".


Casualty helping hands

We'd have never of thought of this, but it makes total sense that TV dramas Casualty and Holby City might have some medical gear that could actually be used. And apparently they're in talks to do just that.


Free resources to Harrogate families

The National Literacy Trust launches free online zone for parents seeking ideas to keep children learning.

It means Harrogate families can access learning resources for free during the pandemic.

You can read more information here.



Open for business

Knaresborough Market is open - for food and essential items only.

Sergeant Andy Graham has shared some pictures on Twitter.

Precautions have been put in place to adhere to the social distancing advice.


Prince Charles tests positive

Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus.

Clarence House has confirmed the news.

The Prince of Wales has been 'displaying mild symptoms' but is otherwise in good health.

The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested, but doesn't have it, and the couple are self-isolating at their home in Aberdeenshire.



North Yorkshire Police issue statement

“We’re here to assist you and keep you safe” – Police send message to victims of domestic abuse

Detective Superintendent Allan Harder, lead for safeguarding, has sent a message to victims of domestic abuse.


MOT extended

Vehicle owners across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale will be granted a six month exemption from MoT testing.

The Department for Transport says cars, vans and motorcycles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, though.

Garages will remain open for essential repair work.


Care for Airedale

A campaign to support the Airedale community has been launched at Airedale Hospital.

It's looking to raise money for those who're working tirelessly to care for local people.

On the fundraising page, it states:

"As an organisation we would like to raise funds for items that are above and beyond NHS provision and to support our employees. We will also be paying this kindness forward to our local communities."


Hospital bosses suspend patient visiting

The hospital trust which runs Harrogate District Hospital has suspended all visits to its hospital wards.

There are a few exceptions - such as the maternity department.

The move is to protect patients and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.


Changes to bus services

Harrogate Bus Company has updated its timetables.

We're being urged to check times carefully before heading out - but only for essential journeys and if you're a key worker:


Oasis reunion to help NHS 'when all this is over'

Liam Gallagher's demanded Oasis gets back together to raise money for the NHS.

The singer tweeted he's "sick of pleading and begging" for the band to put on a charity gig after the coronavirus pandemic's over.

His brother Noel - who's never been a fan of a reunion - hasn't replied.


Police issue warning

North Yorkshire Police has taken to Twitter to issue a strong warning to parents and children:


How to sign up to become an NHS volunteer responder

Yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock appealed for a quarter of a million NHS volunteers to help deliver medicines and get people to appointments during the outbreak.

It's as the military turns London's ExCel centre into a huge field hospital.

Earlier in the week, health bosses at Harrogate District Hospital also put out an appeal for volunteers.

They need particular roles filling - including administrative and manual handling jobs.

So far, they've had nearly 130 people come forward.

To find out how you can help, click here.



Confirmed cases on the rise - locally

Public Health England has released the latest local figures.

They show 30 cases have been confirmed in North Yorkshire - a rise of 6 cases in a 24-hour period.

In Leeds, 42 people have tested positive for COVID-19 with a further 14 across Bradford.