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Coronavirus - update: Monday, 30 March

Coronavirus - update: Monday, 30 March

Published by May Norman at 5:08am 30th March 2020. (Updated at 5:27pm 30th March 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Monday, 30 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):


North Yorkshire Fire Service issue safety tips

They've issued tips to stay safe while at home.


Second home owners still trying to come to Yorkshire Dales 

North Yorkshire councillors say large numbers of people are heading to the Yorkshire Dales, despite government advice not to travel to rural areas. 

There are concerns they are putting themselves and others at risk.   Many visitors have been turned back, but local councillors say people with second homes are still arriving.  

You can find out more here.  



LNER supplies hunger charity with sandwiches 

Train company LNER will provide up to 5,000 sandwiches each week, which would normally have been sold on their trains, to charity FareShare Yorkshire’s centre in Leeds.

The charity supports almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups across the UK, including school breakfast clubs, older people’s lunch clubs, homeless shelters, and community cafes.   

Onboard catering has been temporarily withdrawn and the number of LNER train services reduced as part of the nationwide effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus in the UK.   

Claire Ansley, LNER Customer Experience Director said:

“Our Catering and Community teams have formed a partnership with FareShare, which is dedicated to fighting hunger by redistributing surplus food. It’s one of many steps LNER is taking to support our suppliers and communities during these challenging times.”    


Helpline launched for vulnerable people in Bradford 

A dedicated service to provide help to the most vulnerable people has been set up by Bradford Council.

In a statement, Bradford Council said:

"As well as providing constituency-based community hubs to co-ordinate helpful volunteers and organisations, the Council also wants to make sure that everyone in need of help and support will have somewhere to turn to when the need arises.

If you are in a high risk group, have symptoms or are in self isolation, then the advice is to ask for help from family, friends, neighbours and established local groups.

If you don’t have anyone or any organisation that you can ask for help, please call the Bradford Council Contact Centre on 01274 431000."

The contact centre is open: 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.



Yorkshire Air Ambulance operating reduced service 

Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be operating only one of their two Air Ambulance helicopters from their airbase at Nostell, near Wakefield.

This is because of staff being redeployed to help out in hospitals.

Peter Sunderland, YAA Chairman said:

“As the cases of COVID-19 rise, it also increases the pressure on the NHS.  We know that YAS anticipates a significant increase in 999 calls across the region and by redeploying our Doctors and a small number of our Critical Care Paramedics back to their respective hospitals or ambulance operations, we can do our bit to support the frontline effort.”

“This means, for a temporary period, we will be operating only one of our two helicopters from our Nostell airbase, with a crew of two Critical Care Paramedics and a Pilot."





Harrogate parking rules suspended 

Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council have announced they are suspending on-street and off-street parking charges.

It's to help key workers and people who're self-isolating. 

It says enforcement will now shift its focus to drivers who park in an unsafe or obstructive way. 

You can read more about the changes here



Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies suspended

North Yorkshire County Council have announced they will be contacting all couples who had looked to get married in the near future with news that ceremonies will be suspended.

They added that they will not be accepting new or revised bookings for before 1st September 2020, and will only accept completely new bookings for dates after the 1st January 2021.


Coronavirus: Man charged after coughing on Police Officer

Police have charged a 45-year-old man with assaulting an emergency worker after he coughed on a West Yorkshire Police Officer.

It’s after officers attended a report of a disturbance in Sowerby Bridge.

While officers were there it’s alleged the 45 year old coughed at the officer saying that he had Covid-19.


Heartwarming thank you to Craven bin men

A heartwarming story from Craven to brighten up your Monday...

Residents have been expressing their gratitude to Craven District Council’s waste collection teams with ‘thank you’ notes, cards and pictures this week.

“It’s been brilliant for our waste collection teams to receive so much support from residents this week. People have been waving and smiling, leaving notes and posters, and writing supportive comments on social media."

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council


An update on local services from Harrogate Borough Council

Stay on top of all the changes to local collection services with Harrogate Borough Council, who are continuously updating their website.


Appeal for hand sanitiser bottles in Masham

Spirit of Masham are appealing for more hand sanitiser bottles to give to the NHS and other key worker jobs across the area.

Be sure to get in touch with Spirit of Masham (@spiritofmasham) if you can help provide either 50cl or 100cl bottles, which are currently in short supply.


Time to teach tennis to your tots?

Keeping your kids entertained at home is one thing, but keeping them active at the same time is a whole different ball game!

Tennis Tykes for Tots (@tennistykesuk) are giving out daily activities on their social media channels to help keep your kids active whilst at home.

Today's theme - hand/eye co-ordination! 👁


Pateley Bridge Pharmacy update

Pateley Bridge Pharmacy have announced they remain open, and are delivering to anyone who is over the age of 70 or advised to stay at home.

Bewerley Park Centre staff are currently delivering locally on their behalf for those in need.


Keep your kids informed

It’s important that parents and carers talk to children about online safety while off school due to Covid-19.

North Yorkshire Police (@NYorksPolice) and the NSPCC (@NSPCC) have some useful tips and lessons to pass onto our children to ensure they are safe online whilst spending time at home.


Formula 1 team joins ventilators effort

The Mercedes F1 team has helped develop a breathing aid to keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care.

The news comes after a host of rival F1 teams pitched in to provide UK hospitals with thousands of extra ventilators.

The potentially life-saving technology has already been used in China and also in hospitals in Italy.


Calling all Skipton social venues!

Do you live in Skipton? Are you afraid of losing touch with your community?

Skipton BID have launched a new digital awareness campaign, keeping residents informed on ways to find an event or club that can meet online #AtHomeInSkipton #SocialSkipton 

Be sure to follow Skipton BID's campaign across social media, or find out more here


Household waste recycling centres closed across North Yorkshire

Harrogate Borough Council have revealed that all of the Household Waste Recycling Centres in North Yorkshire are closed until further notice to ensure the safety of staff, and to discourage unnecessary travel.

This will not affect your refuse collection service.

Read more here


Gardening tips to use during quarantine?

Turning your attentions to gardening whilst staying at home? This could be one for you:

Harrogate Flower Show (@HarrogateFlower) have enlisted Shed Talk host Martin Walker for a #letsgetgrowing series on social media, giving helpful tips on ways to spruce up your garden.

Today's tip - growing micro-lettuce! 


That's a rap!

Here's something to make you smile this Monday morning...

Schools may be partly closed across the country, but Grove Road in Harrogate are continuing their 'Rap a Book Challenge' to keep themselves entertained!

Grove Road's Mrs. Pitt (AKA MC Pitt!) has chosen 'Hairy Maclary' for her entry, and we must say she does look the part... 😎


Stay ahead of changes to bus and train timetables

Bus and train operators are running new emergency timetables from today - ensuring reliable services are there for key workers & those that need them.

See the changes below to plan your journey:


ICYMI: Most iconic building in Yorkshire crowned!

It's official! Welcome to Yorkshire (@Welcome2Yorks) have concluded their Twitter poll to name the most iconic building in Yorkshire... and it's gone to The Piece Hall in Halifax!

Thousands of tweeters from across Yorkshire took part in the poll, with one claiming it provided a 'welcome distraction' from the current situation.

Well done Piece Hall! 👏


What's happening in Ripon?

All the latest information for Ripon can be found here:


Wash those hands

As we're continuously reminded to wash our hands thoroughly and for 20 seconds, here is a video explaining the importance of hand washing:


Working from home?

As many of us are having to work from home, this is an excellent idea.

If you have kids, who want our undivided attention, but struggling to juggle parenting and homeschooling with work........then take a look at this........


P.E lesson with Mr Wicks

This is your one hour warning.

Grab your P.E kit and get ready for Joe Wick who's become the nations P.E teacher during the national coronavirus lockdown.

The Body Coach - who started to stream his workouts last week - says they're for kids BUT many parents claim the sessions are challenging.

And they're not wrong - it's tough going!


Objections against football null and void decision

Last week, the FA announced the immediate end of the non-league season at Step three and below and declared the campaign null and void due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It has been revealed there will be no promotions or relegations.

But that decision hasn't gone down well with all local football clubs.

Ilkley Town AFC is one of them.

It's written to the local FA voicing their objections to the move.


Confirmed cases in North East and Yorkshire exceeds 1,700

Official figures show 247 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been recorded across the Stray FM area.

The number of cases recorded in North Yorkshire now stands at 88.

Public Health England figures show that 113 people in Leeds had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am yesterday morning (Sunday, 29 March).

Across the Bradford district, confirmed cases of the virus top 46.


Reduced timetables for many public transport services

For key workers and those going on essential journeys only, many of the local transport services are operating reduced timetables today.

Trains and buses services across the Stray FM area will be affected.

Best advice is to check before you travel.


Build your own bus city

For many of us, we might not be able to ride the bus into Harrogate or Ripon but we can still get involved with the Harrogate Bus Company.

It's created a virtual bus station - where you can create your own bus city.

Take a look:


People kept away from beauty spots

On Friday, North Yorkshire Police officers called on people NOT to travel to popular countryside beauty spots – either by car or motorcycle – for exercise or any other non-essential reason.

Chief Inspector Ed Haywood-Noble, of North Yorkshire Police, issued the clear message.

And it seemed that people took that advice on board.

Sergeant Andrew Graham shared some pictures when on duty over the weekend:


'Hear to Help'

A Harrogate hospice has launched a 'Hear to Help' phone for people during coronavirus.

St Michael's is behind the support service.

It'll help provide support and advice to those who are feeling anxious or struggling with their emotional wellbeing around the outbreak.

Click here for more.


Another death at Harrogate District Hospital

Another patient who tested positive for coronavirus at Harrogate District Hospital has died.

It's reported the death happened on Saturday.

It's the third person who tested positive for COVID 19 to die at the hospital.

The number of deaths across North Yorkshire has reached 6 - with more than 1,200 across the UK.