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Coronavirus - weekend update: Sat 28 / Sun 29 March

Coronavirus - weekend update: Sat 28 / Sun 29 March

Published by May Norman at 6:29am 28th March 2020. (Updated at 12:03pm 28th March 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Saturday, 28 AND Sunday 29 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):



World Cup of Yorkshire!

Welcome to Yorkshire's 'World Cup of Yorkshire!'

The Twitter poll competition pits iconic buildings across Yorkshire against each other to crown an ultimate winner.

It's semi final day and it's between Fountains Abbey and Whitby Abbey.

But who will make it into the final?

Have your say via the Twitter thread below!


Craven car parks free for key workers, essential shopping and community volunteers

Craven District Council has made all its car parks free for key workers, essential shopping and community volunteers.

The move comes into effect immediately and lasts until midnight on April 14, when the position will be reviewed.

Motorhome bays are not to be used, no group activities are allowed, and residents are asked to be sensible, maintain social distancing and avoid unnecessary travel, particularly to local beauty spots.

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council, said:

“We want to ensure that our residents can drive for essential purposes and park close to their destination when they absolutely need to.

“We would ask residents to avoid all non-essential travel, and please do not travel to beauty spots and local attractions, or rights of way. Of course we will very much welcome visitors back once restrictions are lifted.”

Parking enforcement is also being relaxed across North Yorkshire to support key workers and people who are working from home or self-isolating.

This approach will apply to both on-street parking, which is managed by North Yorkshire County Council, and off-street parking, which is managed by district and borough councils.


Get crafty with Bradford's Bloomin' Buds

A Bradford theatre company is spreading joy in difficult times by delivering arts packs to families in lockdown.

Bloomin’ Buds decided to take resources to the doors of families that may struggle to buy resources and support home schooling.

It means that families are not cut off from the arts during the nationwide lockdown, and allows children to keep creative without the resources of their schools.

The group has also distributed packs to elderly people that include CDs with music on to combat isolation and loneliness.

Members of the group are also ringing and keeping in regular contact with all the participants that attended Boomin’ Buds weekly sessions that were cancelled due to the Coronavirus advice.

So far 35 packages have been handed out, with a further 70 due to be delivered in the coming days.

Packs have also been emailed to families.

Fantastic work! 

The group was set up to increase access to the arts for people from working class backgrounds.


Nurses say thanks

Shops, supermarkets and other businesses are honouring the hard work, dedication and commitment of our healthcare workers.

With free coffees to early morning shopping, it all helps to support those keeping us going.


Love the NHS

The support for the NHS continues to sweep the nation.

We had the #clapforourcarers # nhs on Thursday evening but the love for our key healthcare workers keeps on coming.

This was in Gargrave:


Spring is upon us

We are not allowed out socially but can go out for one form of exercise - staying local though.

However, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal claim we can soak up nature that is local to us.

Just step out of your front door and absorb what is on our doorstep.

Appreciate the beauty in spring!


Rubbish talk

A reminder for people - all of the household waste recycling centres in North Yorkshire are closed.

This doesn't affect the regular bin collections:


Helicopters at RAF Leeming to be used in COVID-19 response

RAF Leeming will be assisting the NHS as it responds to the growing coronavirus outbreak.

Helicopters from the North Yorkshire airbase will be called upon to support the health service.

It will cover Scotland and Northern England.

Read more here.


Appreciate the beauty from afar

Thanks to the Yorkshire Shepherdess for sharing this footage.

We might not be able to go out walking in the Dales but we can appreciate the beauty of it from the comfort of our sofa:


Warning - police are carrying out stops

North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Police officers have been given powers to tell people to go home, leave or disperse an area.


Car parks closed

The message is clear - stay at home.

It's to help stop the spread of the virus.

Car parks across the Bradford District are closed:


Clear message in North Yorkshire – stay away from our beauty spots

Police in rural areas of North Yorkshire are taking the urgent “stay at home, save lives” message to the Moors, Dales and coast this weekend.

The force has some strong words to those even thinking about venturing out:

"We do not want to see people travelling to beauty spots in rural areas for exercise or any other reason. In particular, do not arrange to meet up with family or friends. Instead, take your exercise near your home, with members of your household."


Confirmed cases on the rise

Public Health England has released its latest figures.

As confirmed cases in the UK reaches 14,543, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in the Stray FM continues to rise.

Read more here.