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Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 31 March

Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 31 March

Published by May Norman at 5:44am 31st March 2020. (Updated at 5:53pm 31st March 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Tuesday, 31 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):



One day more...

This should put a smile on your face at the end of the day.

A family from Kent have re-written the words to One Day More from the musical Les Miserables.

If you're a fan of musical theatre, you have to watch this.


We love this #LockdownArt!

Art is popping up in windows across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

We love this!

Have you been trying out some art? Let us know - tweet us @StrayFM.


Government's Daily Press Briefing Underway

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove MP has been updating the public...


North Yorkshire County Council announces changes to weddings and registrations

It's as ceremonies have been suspended by the Government - and council workers are working from home.

The council says any weddings which were due to take place during the lockdown, revised dates will be accepted from 1st September 2020.

New bookings will be accepted from 1st January 2021.

Registrations of births and deaths need to take place over the phone.



Inside Eastgate Medical Group

We're so thankful to all of the key workers who are keeping the country running during the coronavirus outbreak.

Some of the most important are those working in healthcare - and even they are running on reduced staff.

LISTEN: Sally from Eastgate Medical Group spoke to Will Smith live on Stray FM...


Police reassure public about work with military

North Yorkshire Police have released a statement in response to concerns about their work with military officers.

They say it's normal practice:

They say they've received positive feedback from members of the local community, including civilians, soldiers and their families.

“We remain focused on engagement, explanation and encouragement of the social distancing rules and will only use enforcement as a last resort.”

Inspector Mark Gee, North Yorkshire Police


More than 3,000 positive tests in 24 hours

The Government has confirmed that as of 9am this morning, 25,150 people have tested positive for coronavirus.

The total as of 9am yesterday was 22,141, meaning 3,009 patients were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the twenty-four hours prior.

It's the highest number yet of people to test positive in a 24 hour period in the UK.


Harrogate council publishes funeral changes

The changes follow Government advice to reduce the number of people at ceremonies.

Plans could include live-streaming services for people unable to attend.

Here's the full story.


Fourth death from coronavirus reported at Harrogate District Hospital

NHS England says another patient has died at Harrogate District Hospital from coronavirus - it happened on Sunday (29 March).

A patient also died from covid-19 at Airedale hospital on Sunday.

Across England, a further 367 have died, bringing the total to 1,651.

"Patients were aged between 19 and 98 years old and all but 28 patients (aged between 19 and 91 years old) had underlying health conditions.  

"Their families have been informed."

NHS England Statement


Another event cancelled

A major motorhome and campervan show set to be held in Harrogate is the latest event to be cancelled.

The Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Caravan Manufacturers Association (HERCMA) event had been scheduled to take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in September.

“In light of the current circumstances, we feel we have no choice but to cancel this year’s event. The industry will need time to heal after the pandemic and we hope at this difficult time that everyone stays safe and well."

HERCMA chairman Nigel Smailes



Spreading the joy with flowers

Stray FM's received a Facebook message from Ria - she wants to shout out two young children who live on her street in Harrogate.

Jackson and Ellie have been delivering flowers to everyone's doorsteps to cheer them up!

Nice one, Jackson and Ellie!


"Thank you bin men"

Harrogate Borough Council have shared some of the messages of support they've received while out and about completing their jobs.

We're sure you'll agree - they're ADORABLE!


New contact-tracking app to detect nearby carriers

There are reports the government is preparing to release an app which alerts people if they come too close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The app will detect other phones in close vicinity using short-range Bluetooth signals, then store a record of those contacts on the device, the sources say.

If someone tests positive for COVID-19, they will be able to upload those contacts, who can then be alerted - after a suitable delay, to avoid accidentally identifying an individual - via the app.

Click here for the full story.



Andrew Jones MP: "My understanding is we will be seeing the fifth Nightingale Hospital at the Harrogate Convention Centre."

Harrogate and Knaresborough's MP has told Stray FM he believes the Harrogate Convention Centre will be turned into a hospital for Coronavirus patients for Yorkshire,

It follows reports this morning that the site has been chosen - although there's no official confirmation from the Government yet.

Click here for the full update.


Staying safe while working from home

Fire services are advising us to take precautions when we're working from home.

They want us to make sure we're not putting ourselves and those we live with at unnecessary risks when dealing with electrics.


Daily services from Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral have announced that they're making church services available on YouTube every day.

New broadcasts will be every evening at 6pm.


Taste of fame for a North Yorkshire primary school

Gladstone Road Primary in Scarborough have had a taste of fame - after being retweeted by comedian Matt Lucas!

They sent him a video of the children of key workers who were still attending school, performing his 'Baked Potato song' with an important message.

The comedian originally posted his song online to encourage his followers to stay at home, and wash their hands!


Online walking tour of Knaresborough Castle

Harry normally offers walking tours of Harrogate for free.

During the UK's lockdown, he's had to cancel all of them, but as an alternative, he's put a tour online that people can watch - he takes viewers around Knaresborough Castle.

Top work, Harry!


Beware of scam text messages

North Yorkshire Police are encouraging people to be wary of scam text messages that appear to have been sent by the government.

The scam messages usually include links that will ask for personal information as a way of ultimately trying to steal money.

If you suspect a text message is fake, delete it immediately and seek advice online:


Local supermarkets urged to share details of support for vulnerable

North Yorkshire County Council have urged supermarkets to come forward with details of the support they can provide to older people and others who are not covered by a Government scheme.

Their help is needed to deliver to residents who are struggling to get essential supplies during the Covid-19 outbreak because they may be over 70, living alone, and may not have friends or family to rely on.


Thank you NHS!

Harrogate Skills for Living Centre (@HS4LC) are showing their appreciation for the work done by our fantastic NHS during the pandemic.

Check out their hand-painted sign outside Brackenley Care Home, hung in the hope that NHS workers might see it on their way to work!


Parents asked to be responsible when buying formula milk

Bradford Council is urging parents to only buy the amount of baby formula they need, following reports some are finding it difficult to purchase infant formula.

Parents are being reassured that they can use a different brand to their usual formula as all manufacturers make their products to the same standards and contain similar nutritional values.

Major supermarkets are limiting the sales of infant formula to ensure that there is fairer distribution.

“These are concerning times for us all and being a new parent brings worries enough even in normal times. We all need to play our part and be responsible."

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council

Baby being fed formula milk

Charity and council working to house rough sleepers in Harrogate

Harrogate Homeless Project is working with the borough council to move rough sleepers from the streets into hotels or bed and breakfasts – and if needed, somewhere to self-isolate.

It comes after several homelessness charities called on the government for more financial support in response to the outbreak – after expressing worries that shelters could become overwhelmed.

Read more here


Major film releases delayed due to pandemic

Several major film releases have been postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Spider-Man spin-off Morbius, the latest instalment in the Ghostbusters franchise and Peter Rabbit 2 will launch in the US next year rather than in the summer, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate the entertainment industry.

Big films already delayed due to coronavirus include the new James Bond outing No Time To Die, which had been due to launch in the UK this week, and Disney blockbusters Mulan and Black Widow.

Read more here

ghostbusters release delayed

Workers required to support community-based care services in Selby

North Yorkshire County Council are calling for applicants to help support their community-based care services in the Selby area.

They are urgently looking for additional staff to support vital health and social care services, and help vulnerable groups affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.


Bradford District Council call for help from local businesses

Bradford District Council are calling on local businesses to help with the production of face visors for NHS staff across the Bradford district.

The University of Bradford propose to assemble moulded face visors using 3D machinery, and are seeking help with the following:

  • Sourcing materials
  • Assembling 3D printed and injection moulded face visors for use as PPE for health and care professionals in the District. 
  • Assembly in a sterile environment is preferred, however assembly instructions suggest cleaning with 78% ethanol or IPA after assembly (presumably these will also need to be sourced) and not bleach.

Materials required:

  • Supplying 0.1mm – 0.5mm thickness PET or PETG clear sheets
  • Supplying 2cm thickness buttonhole elastic

If you can help please contact IIB on 01274 437727 or email info@investinbradford.com


Harrogate Proms Concert postponed

Harrogate Choral Society have announce that due to the continuing public health crisis, they are unable to prepare for and perform the Proms Concert originally planned for 27th June 2020.

The concert has been rescheduled for next year, and will now take place on 26th June 2021.

For those who had planned on attending the concert, the Box Office will be notified and tickets purchased for the concert will be valid for the later date.


Public rights of way

North Yorkshire County Council are urging walkers to be mindful of paths which pass through people’s farms and gardens, whilst paying particular attention to hygiene and social distancing.

Many of us have access to parts of the vast network of public rights of way from our homes and will use them for our daily exercise.


Day 1 of delivery for Bakeri Baltzersen

Harrogate favourite Baltzersens are open for deliveries and collections, meaning you can now order online from their selection of artisan breads, pastries, and cakes.

The people behind Baltzersens are operating under the guise of 'Bakeri Baltzersen', with collections available from their coffee shop on Oxford Street, Harrogate.

Order online here.


Isolation boredom? Get involved with this writing challenge!

Struggling to keep the kids (or yourself) entertained? Here's something to help channel some creativity...

Check out this writing challenge from Ilkley Literature Festival, part of an idea to provide a new creative writing challenge at the start of each week.

The first task: write a short story that includes 5 objects in your home starting with the letter 'B'... 

You can reply to Ilkley Literature Festival on Twitter with your short stories or you can share them on your own social media pages - just make sure to use #ILFWritingChallenge. 


Free parking in Craven!

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

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

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

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council


Otley: which places are still open for business?

There are plenty of businesses still operating in Otley and who can deliver directly to your home!

Check out the link from Otley BID to find out which businesses are still open near you:


Football clubs rally to oppose FA decision

Otley Town AFC are one of more than 100 football clubs that have signed an open letter to the Football Association opposing their decision to null and void the 2019/20 playing season.

The decision was made to end the league season from steps three to six of non-league football, with existing results expunged.

The news came as a major disappointment to Otley Town, who were in third position in the WYAFL first division table, just 5 points from the summit with plenty of football left to play.


Harrogate Grammar School make protective visors!

The design faculty at Harrogate Grammar School have designed and made protective visors to help combat the shortage of equipment for critical workers.

Mr Bulmer and the team have worked from a 2D design file shared on Twitter before producing a prototype.

Fantastic work guys!


ICYMI: NHS, you are the best!

One to brighten up the start of your week!

The key worker children attending St Edward's Catholic Primary School in Boston Spa have released their own original song to celebrate the fantastic work being done by the NHS.


Key worker travelling by train?

Are you a key worker getting the train to work?

Stay ahead of all the latest train timetable changes with Northern, who are giving all the latest revised timetable and service information on their app.

Remember to only travel if absolutely necessary.


Household waste recycling centres closed

North Yorkshire County Council have announced that all of the Household Waste Recycling Centres across the region are closed until further notice.

The temporary move is to ensure the safety of staff, and to discourage unnecessary travel.

If you have bulky waste for recycling or disposal then the best thing to do is to hold onto it until the HWRCs are open again, or contact your district or borough council who may be able to offer a low priority collection service.


Test it Tuesday

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue are reminding you to fit smoke alarms on every level of your home to put you in the best possible position should a fire break out.

Be sure to test them regularly on #TestItTuesday and stay safe at home.


Advice continues....

The NHS continues to remind us to wash our hands thoroughly and for 20 seconds to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Harrogate District Hospital Foundation Trust wants us to comply:


NHS Nightingale in Harrogate?

Reports suggest Harrogate Convention Centre is to be transformed into an NHS Nightingale Hospital to help treat coronavirus patients.

According to newspaper reports, the venue has been chosen to cater to those suffering from the infection who're based in Yorkshire.

The armed forces have already established the NHS Nightingale hospital in London's Excel - with three other similar sites in Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.


Confirmed cases exceed 2,000

Public Health England's revealed the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in North Yorkshire has surpassed 100.

Official figures state 108 people tested positive for COVID-19 in North Yorkshire.

In Leeds, that figures stands at 129 cases and 63 across the Bradford district.