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Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 2 April

Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 2 April

Published by May Norman at 6:52am 2nd April 2020. (Updated at 5:52pm 2nd April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Thursday, 2 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):



Bradford Council giving payment holiday for people in care 

The council is offering a payment holiday to all residents who receive adult social care services in a home or community setting.

In addition, the Council will not be issuing their usual year-end adjustments to annual bills for the past year at this time (up to 29 March 2020).

During this period, anyone struggling with payment plans for previous years social care invoices should make contact with the Payments Team on 01274 437724.



Stay safe while cooking

A reminder from North Yorkshire Fire service to stay safe if you're spending more time in the kitchen than normal. 


Bradford Council praises 'phenomenal' effort to tackle virus 

The council have praised the efforts of all parts of the community in a statement:

"Here in Bradford District and across the country, we are witnessing a phenomenal collective effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus, protect the NHS and keep residents safe.

It’s a genuine team effort. Whether we’re at work, at home or volunteering in our communities; whether we’re part of the private, public or voluntary and community sectors, on the frontline or behind the scenes; wherever we live, wherever we’re from and whatever our faith, we are in this together and must all play our part."


North Yorkshire Council issues advice on keeping young people safe online

The council is asking parents and carers to make sure children stay safe online during the lockdown.  

You can find out more here.  



Quad bike thefts in North Yorkshire 

Police have criticised the theft of quad bikes as being 'beyond belief' during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Three people were arrested in connection with stealing quad bikes, in two separate incidents in the Yorkshire Dales last week.  

You can read more here.  



Warning over illegal waste collection workers 

North Yorkshire residents are being warned to look out for illegal waste collection workers who are taking advantage of skip closures during the coronavirus crisis.

It's after councils shut down all household waste recycling centres.

Councils are warning anyone charging to remove waste must have a licence.

You can read more here.  


561 more deaths in England 

A further 561 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in England have died in the past 24 hours.  

It brings the total number of deaths in England to 2,698.

There were no further deaths in the Stray FM area. 


Amazing Nidderdale 

The community's coming together in Nidderdale to look after the vulnerable. 

Heather from Bewerley Park has been delivering essentials via bike. It meant she had to ride up Greenhow Hill - which is no mean feat!

Well done, Heather :) 

Another Nidderdale volunteer has put together this video. 

Keep up the good work everyone!  




Harrogate Grammar School create masks for key workers

The design faculty at Harrogate Grammar School have certainly been busy!

They've managed to produce and distribute protective masks using the school's equipment and their own design expertise.

The masks are set to be distributed to the NHS in the fight against coronavirus.

Great work guys!


List of local suppliers delivering to elderly and vulnerable

This is fantastic! 👏

Harrogate charity group 'Supporting Older People' have compiled a list of local suppliers who are delivering essential items to the older and vulnerable people across the area.

Check out the list below, which includes cafes, bakeries and butchers!


Specialised aircraft to help combat coronavirus

Specialised helicopters have arrived at RAF Leeming to support the NHS in the fight against coronavirus.

The crews of the Wildcat aircraft have arrived at the North Yorkshire site, with a Chinook helicopter due to arrive shortly.

The helicopters will be used to transport patients, equipment and personnel around the country.

Read more here.


Changes to household waste and recycling collections

There will soon be changes to household waste and recycling collections due to Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Harrogate Borough Council have announced the changes will come into effect from Saturday 4th April to Saturday 18th April.

Stay ahead of the changes and check your collections here.


Struggling to get food or other essential supplies?

If you're struggling to get hold of food or other essentials in Harrogate, there are local charities and support groups that can help.

The Resurrected Bites Cafe at St Marks Church and local charity 'Supporting Older People' are both offering support if you're isolating or struggling to afford food.

See details below if you can help them meet demand or would like to use their food delivery service.

Resurrected bites coronavirus help facebook post

Keep fit with North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

A little taste of what's to come...

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service are set to release workout videos for their followers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to keep fit whilst at home.

Check out today's workout routine:


Accommodation in Harrogate offered to critical workers

Harrogate Lifestyle Luxury Serviced Apartments are offering accommodation to key workers and medical staff who are currently working to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The accommodation is being made available to first responders in Harrogate town centre who require housing during the battle against the outbreak.

Read more here.


Harrogate taxi drivers denied fare increase

Taxi drivers in Harrogate have been denied a fare increase after a lead councillor said it would be asking customers to pay over the odds during the coronavirus crisis.

Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for housing and safer communities, Coun Mike Chambers, signed off the decision not to give cabbies a boost on their meters from the start of this month.

However taxi drivers – who had been pushing for a 2.94% hike – said a fare increase is just what they needed to help them get through the virus pandemic.


Tockwith Show cancelled

There's been another cancellation of a major event due to coronavirus as Tockwith Show will no longer go ahead as planned.

One of the region’s oldest agricultural shows, which normally attracts around 7,000 visitors, has become the latest victim of the coronavirus crisis.


How to keep your business safe

Have you had to close your business because of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Make sure you keep your premises safe.

Chief Inspector Dan Ivey of the Metropolitan Police has some helpful tips to protect your business until you're able to reopen:


Harrogate Town youngsters keeping active at home

Staying active seems to be the theme of the day, as Harrogate Town Football Club reveal what their own Player Development Centre players have been up to whilst off school.

From skipping to playing football in the garden, the PDC players are showing us all how important it is to stay active whilst at home!

Check out the video below:


Return of #ClapforCarers?

Is it making a return this week?

Last Thursday at 8pm, the country applauded in unison to celebrate the fantastic and selfless work being done by key workers and carers to help people during the Covid-19 outbreak.

With calls for it to be a weekly thing, will you be clapping again tonight? 👏


Put your ball skills to the test!

Time to get the netball out and test your skills with this Easter Challenge!

Ilkley Grammar School's PE department are challenging their students to improve their hand-eye coordination whilst studying from home.

Check out Miss Allen's skills and tweet her your own!


Universal Credit applications soar

Nearly one million people have signed on to benefits in the last two weeks since being urged to stay at home because of coronavirus.

Around 950,000 applications have been made for Universal Credit - a huge jump from the usual 100,000 who apply each two-week period.

People signing up to the benefits system will have to wait at least five weeks for their first payment.

Read more here.


Tips for learning at home

Here's one for all the kids that are doing their school work from home...

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate are giving out daily home learning tips to make sure you're working efficiently and effectively.

Today's tip - be sure to take regular breaks!

Find all the daily home learning tips on the Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Twitter page.


Ways to stay active at home

We've just had George Cull from North Yorkshire Sport join us on air to discuss ways to stay active at home, after Sport England chief executive Tim Hollingsworth said staying active is now "more important than ever."

In any given day, you can still go outside for one form of exercise, such as a walk, a run or a cycle if you're well enough, whether that be alone or with members of your household.

Check out the advice from North Yorkshire Sport here.


Six more deaths in the Stray FM area

Six more people who tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the Stray FM area have died.

Two were in Harrogate and four at Airedale Hospital, taking the total deaths in England to 2,137.


Spot the warning signs of bad mental health

Mental health in the current situation is as important as ever.

That's why North Yorkshire County Council are raising awareness of the warning signs and tips for self-help.

Get help to support a friend, loved one or colleague, or look after your own mental health with tips and self-help solutions here.


Emotional NHS video shared on social

Oh my word, I am lost for words watching this.

Sally Boocock who works for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service has created a video showcasing her and her colleagues' amazing efforts.

It's heartwarming and just shows despite everything they are tackling, they do it with smiles upon their faces.

Have the tissues at the ready..........they truly are our superheroes!

Watch it here.


Bradford business receive cash boost

More than £20m has been paid out under the Small Business Grant Scheme today in Bradford.

The cash has been made available by the government.

Bradford City Council's been swift in distributing the much needed cash to those in need.



A digital campaign has been launched to help support businesses in Skipton during the outbreak. 

Skipton BID hopes #AtHomeinSkipton with raise awareness of local products and services.

It focuses on seven different categories including 'nourish' and 'social'.  

To read more, click here.


A Yorkshire take on coronavirus

This chap is a lyrical genius.

Just have a listen to his own analysis of pandemic - and also his words of advice!


Virtual tours

Many streets are deserted as most people adhere to coronavirus restrictions.

We're being told to stay at home and to make essential journeys out.

For many companies, the pandemic is having a BIG impact on business.

However, some are using digital technology to continue promoting what they have or their nearest town has to offer.

Mother Shipton's Cave is one of those:


Move on or face arrest or fine

Groups of people are still playing sports and socialising on Harrogate's The Stray, despite social distancing rules.

Police are now patrolling the area looking to break up those who're flouting rules.

Now armed with new powers, officers can use threats of arrest or fines of up to £60 for those breaching the guidelines.