Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 1 April

Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 1 April

Published by May Norman at 7:03am 1st April 2020. (Updated at 5:50pm 1st April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Wednesday, 1 April

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):



LNER guard talks about working during lockdown 

Train Manager Davey Glover is a key worker, keeping train services operating so other key workers can get to and from their work.  He is also appealing that people only make absolutely essential journeys.


North Yorkshire residents urged to keep waste to a minimum

Householders are being encouraged to reduce the amount of waste they create while the county’s household waste recycling centresare temporarily closed and kerbside collection services are under pressure as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

North Yorkshire County Council’s 20 HWRCs closed in March for the safety of staff and to discourage unnecessary travel as part of the Government’s drive to slow the spread of Covid-19.





Wimbledon tennis championships cancelled

The tournament has been cancelled for the first time since the Second World War - because of coronavirus.  


Creative project grants to reduce social isolation in Keighley and Ilkley 

Bradofrd Council is offering grants to help the arts in the district to survive and thrive in the face of national COVID-19 lockdown measures and beyond.

Supporting individual artists, freelancers, community groups and larger arts organisations across the district, projects must take place between now and August 2020 and grants of between £500 and £1,000 can be applied for up to 20 April 2020.





Police resource page for those in isolation with an abusive partner 

North Yorkshire Police have launched a resource page on their website, which provides details of telephone and online support services which are available around the clock.

Detective Superintendent Allan Harder, lead for Safeguarding said:

“We are here to respond to your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. but we realise that not everyone wants to speak to the police. That’s why we have pulled together a list of online and telephone services, offered by our partner agencies and national charities to support domestic abuse victims who are isolating at home, so they can continue to access help and advice during these unprecedented times. 

“The most important thing is to reach out and make contact with someone, get some advice and to not suffer in silence.”


Stay at home to save lives

North Yorkshire Police are reminding people to stay at home during the current lockdown.

The NYP Operational Support Unit are continuing to patrol the region to ensure people are following government advice.


Social distancing observed on board Harrogate bus

Harrogate bus company Transdev have introduced more social distancing measures on board their buses to ensure their customers can observe government guidelines.

The company have included a line on the floor of their buses to keep travelling customers at least 2 metres away from the driver when on board.


Harrogate NHS Foundation 'blown away' by support

Harrogate NHS & Foundation Trust have revealed their gratitude for the support they have received from local communities as they combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement on their Twitter page, Harrogate NHS FT say they have been 'blown away' by the support within the area, with people donating various food items, hand creams and over non-perishable items.

If you want to find out more about how you can help with donations, contact the Harrogate Hospital & Community team on 01423 557408 or email


ICYMI: Information for businesses across Harrogate district

Businesses across the Harrogate district can apply for a grant if they have been affected by the Coronavirus.

Harrogate Borough Council have revealed two types of grant available for businesses:

  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for businesses receiving (or eligible to receive) small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • Retail, leisure and hospitality grant funding of up to £25,000 for businesses receiving (or eligible to receive) retail relief

Find out if your business is eligible for a grant and read more here.


Stay ahead of train timetable changes

Northern are currently running an amended train timetable and are encouraging people to only travel if absolutely necessary.

If you're a key worker and are still travelling to work, check out the updated timetable to plan your journey.


Keep the kids entertained whilst at home

The Covid-19 pandemic has restricted people from visiting their favourite restaurants, attractions and shops, and with schools closed, it's not always easy keeping the kids entertained...

Welcome to Yorkshire have got you covered! They've set up a 'Yorkshire Days In' page, packed full of ideas and inspiration on what you can do at home.


Access books online via digital library

Libraries may be closed across the area but you can still access books, newspapers, magazines and comics via the North Yorkshire County Council digital library.

Access the digital library here


Don't overload sockets

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service are encouraging people to be wary of overloading sockets when working from home to reduce the risk of fire.

Most people have extension leads in their homes, using 4-way bar adaptors to increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket.

However, although there is space to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so:


Giving blood still crucial for NHS

Blood donors are being urged to keep donating blood and platelets as it is crucial to the NHS dealing with vulnerable patients.

Travelling to donate is considered essential travel:


Which shops are offering home delivery?

Some shops across the area are offering delivery services and have special hours for older and vulnerable people and key workers.

Find all the food home delivery services and support groups below:


How to make the perfect cup of tea! ☕

This should settle a few arguments... 

If you're working from home, then you're probably no stranger to a cup of tea every day (or six... or seven...) - but are you making it correctly?

Yorkshire Tea have released their own guide on making the perfect cup of tea, finally ending the debate on what comes first: milk or hot water...



An easy way to teach your children about Coronavirus

It's not easy teaching our little ones about Coronavirus and the importance of hand washing - but two NHS trusts have teamed up to produce an easy-to-follow animation for kids.

Alder Hey and Barts Health NHS Foundation Trusts have posted the short animation on Twitter:


Changes to weddings and registrations

North Yorkshire County Council have announced some changes to weddings, registrations and ceremonies amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

We brought you the update on this blog yesterday that weddings will be suspended across the region, but the council have also announced that registering births have been suspended and deaths be registered over the phone.


Share your window art

Have you noticed some colourful and uplifting art in windows across the local area? (We know we have!)

Harrogate International Festivals want to collate them into their own lockdown gallery, featuring some of the most creative pictures that are bringing joy to passers-by. 

Check out some of the fantastic entries they've got so far!


York gin distillery with thank you offer to NHS workers

York gin company Sloemotion Distillery are offering discounted spirits to NHS workers as a 'thank you' for their lifesaving work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

NHS workers need only send them a picture of their NHS badge on social media before ordering online to enjoy a 20% discount off all their products.


Top tips for students and staff working from home

Struggling with the idea of home schooling?

Psychology teacher at Ripon Grammar School Claire Judd has some top tips for students and for teaching staff working from home with young children.

The tips include ways to maintain good mental health and how to manage your workload whilst not at school:


Harrogate Schools Sports Partnership launch daily challenge

Harrogate Schools Sports Partnership are launching a daily 'Home Personal Best Challenge' to help kids keep active at home.

Starting on the 1st April, the Partnership will be uploading a daily Personal Best Challenge online, with the idea being that your child will try and better their score each day. 

Participants will even be emailed an award at the end of April depending on how they've done!


Fire safety talk to be held today

North Yorkshire County Council and North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue service are teaming up for a live broadcast about fire safety in homes and businesses during self-isolation.

The broadcast will be at 1pm on the Fire & Rescue service's YouTube channel here and will include information about community resilience during the current situation.


More sad news this morning

There have been two more patient deaths from coronavirus in our hospitals.

One patient passed away at Harrogate District Hospital and another at Airedale General Hospital.

The recent deaths took place on Sunday.

There was a big jump in the number of deaths in the UK yesterday.

It's now reached almost 1,800.