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Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 7 April

Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 7 April

Published by May Norman at 7:01am 7th April 2020. (Updated at 6:23pm 7th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Tuesday, 7 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):


Local councils to meet remotely

After the go-ahead from Westminster, local councils will be able to use video conferencing technology to ensure they continue to function.

"Any meetings held under the new regulations would be the first, formal, public, decision making committee meetings held at the Council using virtual technology.”

North Yorks CC - Corporate Director of Strategic Resources, Gary Fielding

Click here for the full story.


North Yorkshire Pharmacist: Support package is a 'sticking plaster'

A multi-million pound package of emergency funds for pharmacies is only a sticking plaster over the problems which frontline workers are facing, an industry leader has said.

Pharmacies in North Yorkshire struggling to cope with staff shortages and panic buying customers were last week told financial help is on the way when the government announced a £300million support plan.

Here's the full story.



But with a touch of seriousness too - the RSPCA say North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue helped them rescue a cat from a tree in Harrogate.

It was the officer's first ever job!

But the RSPCA say they're struggling to continue carrying out this service because of the coronavirus crisis.


Gone overdue with a library book?

Don't worry! North Yorkshire libraries have all extended all of their loans to the end of June.


And if you get fed up of re-reading the same book again and again, why not try out their digital library?

And libraries in the Bradford District have also got an online service running.


Got any buttons lying around?

No, not chocolate buttons!

Earlier on, live on Stray FM with Will Smith, we heard from Debbie.

She's a former NHS worker and is now creating headbands to help ease the impact of wearing personal protective equipment for key workers.

LISTEN: Debbie LIVE on Stray FM with Will Smith:

If you've got any flat buttons (max 1 inch) and/or 1-inch elastic, you can post them to us and we'll pass them onto Debbie.

Post them to:
FAO Will Smith
Stray FM
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North Yorkshire Police steps up patrols in Harrogate

North Yorkshire police has said that it is stepping up patrols in Harrogate town today.

The move follows an increase in the number of people who are visiting the town despite the Government’s measures instructing people to ‘stay at home’.


Sandwiches donated to homeless

Craven Council has thanked Skipton's branch of Tesco, who donated sandwiches to residents of the temporary accommodation they've set up for homeless people.



Daffodils for the Air Ambulance? Yes please!

Shout-out to The Secret Garden in Ripon, who have been raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance by selling daffodils.

With today's sunshine and these beautiful daffs, I think it's safe to say spring has well and truly arrived!


"Secondary Teachers surviving in isolation"

The staff at Harrogate Grammar are making excellent use of a bit of spare time...

We think - from this clip they've posted on Twitter - they might be about to release a feature-length blockbuster?

And we couldn't agree more on this one - please release it NOWWW!!


County Council: Prepare for the Bank Holiday

North Yorkshire County Council is encouraging people to be prepared for reduced services from shops this weekend.

They say that although some services will continue to operate, many will close for the bank holiday.

The council will run a relief service to deliver essentials, but they need people to prepare for themselves as well.


A rise in national hospital deaths

Another 758 patients have died in England after contracting the coronavirus - bringing the total to 5,655.

The figures have been released by NHS England.

Click the link here for the full story:



York brewery are doing a run to the Harrogate District tomorrow to carry out home deliveries...


Hubs near hospitals for children of key workers

Yesterday it was confirmed that childcare would be made available to key workers through the Easter Holidays.

The locations of the hubs in the Harrogate district has now been confirmed:

  • Harrogate, Grove Road (all children aged 0 to 12)
  • Ripon, Moorside Primary School (children attending school aged 4 to 12)

“We are hugely grateful for the hard work, dedication and flexibility of all the school staff involved in making sure this happens and would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to them.”

Stuart Carlton, North Yorkshire County Council


REMINDER: Tomorrow is Key Worker Wednesday

All day tomorrow (Weds 8 April) on Stray FM, we're celebrating the key workers who are keeping the country running.

If you'd like to get a shout-out for someone you love, leave a comment on this Facebook post, and listen to Stray FM all day tomorrow:


Fancy trying out some sewing and knitting?

A "small army" of seamstresses and knitters are working to create headbands and knitted hearts to say thank you to key workers.

A Facebook group's been set up for people who would like to produce and donate supplies to NHS staff and other key workers.

Find out more:


It's Test-It Tuesday!

Fire services are reiterating the need to regularly test smoke alarms.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue want to see pictures of you testing your alarms!

Post them on social media, and stay safe!


Companies come together to support council

Companies across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale have been supporting their local authorities.

While some medical supply companies are helping out, even construction companies have responded to the call for help from North Yorkshire County Council.

Follow the link below for the full story;


How to make PPE masks!

Harrogate Grammar School's Design Department have been hard at work creating PPE masks for our NHS and health workers in the past few days - and now they've put together an educational video to show others how to do it!

The design staff have created a fully functioning production line, producing over 200 visors per day, and now they've released a video on how to manufacture the masks:


Lothersdale Young Farmers take on the toilet roll challenge

A morale lifter for your Tuesday afternoon...

Lothersdale Young Farmers are the latest local team to take on the toilet roll challenge as a thank you to the NHS and local key workers!

Check out their effort below - great work guys!


Keighley hospice launches urgent appeal

A hospice in Keighley is at risk of closing because of the coronavirus outbreak, and the charity which runs it has launched an emergency appeal.

The Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice provides palliative and day therapy services for patients from across the Bradford District.

The pandemic has meant that the Sue Ryder charity has lost income, as its fundraising events have been cancelled and charity shops have closed.

Read the full story here


'Alarming' rise in people shopping despite virus lockdown

Analysts have reported an "alarming uplift" in visits to shops last weekend as the government appealed for people to obey the UK's lockdown restrictions.

Retail data specialist Springboard noted visits to shops rising by 9.5% on Saturday compared with the same day a week ago.

The figure rose by 21.3% on the Sunday, despite repeated government warnings on the health and safety implications of visiting public spaces.

Read the full story here


The World Cup of Yorkshire is back!

Welcome to Yorkshire are set to launch another 'World Cup of Yorkshire' - this time to crown which natural landmark across Yorkshire is the best!

The competition is set to start on the Welcome to Yorkshire Twitter page tomorrow (@Welcome2Yorks) - so join the conversation and nominate which places you think should be in the list by 4pm today...


Jet2 cancel all flights until June

Leeds based airliner Jet2 has cancelled all flights until mid-June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airline have announced that all flights due to take off before 17th June will no longer operate, and will be contacting all affected customers to discuss options.

Customers are expected to receive a full refund within 14 days if their flight is before this date.


How are North Yorkshire County Council caring for communities?

North Yorkshire Count Council's Chief Executive Richard Flinton has taken to the council's Twitter account to update followers on how they are helping care for communities during the coronavirus outbreak.

The council also have a designated section of their website, giving all the latest local information including updated bin collections and how vulnerable people can the support they need.


Ilkley primary school to host Family Quiz Night!

Sacred Heart Primary School in Ilkley are gearing up for a family quiz night tomorrow (Wednesday) via YouTube.

The quiz, hosted by their own Mr Lorimer, will feature quiz questions for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 students across the area, as well as some harder question for parents!

Not limited to parents/students of Sacred Heart, the family quiz is set for 5pm and will open with a picture round which can be downloaded from the school's website from tomorrow.


Wetherby's Ted has been busy!

It looks like Ted is having a great time during lockdown...

Wetherby's Mayor Councillor Galan Moss and 'Ted' have been entertaining local children with Ted's Adventures, showing the bear in a different scenario each day.

He's definitely been keeping himself busy, including doing some gardening and hosting a Teddy Bear's Picnic!


Crowne Plaza lights up to show support for NHS

Crowne Plaza in Harrogate have shown their support for the fantastic work our NHS staff are currently doing in the ongoing battle with coronavirus.

The hotel lit up last night to spell NHS and plans to do it again this evening.

Thank you and well done to all of the brilliant team at Crowne Plaza Harrogate!


Another message from the Queen...

The Queen has another message amid the coronavirus crisis as she addresses our healthcare workers for World Health Day.

The message, which has been shared via the Royal Family Twitter page, is addressed to healthcare professionals across the Commonwealth and around the world.

Watch the video and read the message in full:



Yorkshire farmers launch 'Farm to Fork' campaign

'Farm to Fork' is a new social media-led initiative by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, aiming to celebrate and highlight the crucial role farmers are playing to keep the nation fed amid the worst public health crisis for a generation.

It champions individual farmers and farm retail business across the county at a time when the nation is relying on a seamless supply chain to continually restock shop shelves.

The campaign will also raise awareness of the innovative ways in which farm shops are safely meeting social distancing rules to remain open.

Read the full story here


Is your child worried about coronavirus?

It's not easy explaining to our children what is currently going on in the world with the COVID-19 outbreak, and it's normal for them to be worried or anxious about the situation.

If you're struggling on how to explain honestly but calmly what is happening, there is some very useful advice online.

Young Minds UK are supporting parents in having important conversations about COVID-19, including 10 tips from their parents helpline on how to speak to our children about the virus.

Check out their website here


It's World Health Day!

Today marks 'World Health Day' - a day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind the world of the critical role they play in keeping us all healthy.

Our key workers in the NHS need appreciating now more than ever as they fight to keep us safe from the coronavirus.

Check out this video from the World Health Organization and take a minute today to say: #ThanksHealthHeroes!


NHS army of volunteers to start protecting vulnerable

Hundreds of thousands of NHS Volunteer Responders will be able to report for duty today and start helping the NHS in its fight against coronavirus.

A whopping 750,000 people signed up to the call for volunteers in just four days, three times the original target.

Thanks to the huge response, the group of vulnerable people they will support in England has now been expanded and they will come to the aid of 2.5 million at risk people.

Read more here


Who needs Joe Wicks?

Harrogate Grammar School have got a morning workout of their own, with Ms Hardcastle taking the lead on a series of workouts to start the day!

Participants stood 2 metres apart as they enjoyed their daily dose of exercise:


NHS launch survey to help them understand COVID-19

NHS UK have introduced a survey to help them understand more about how and where coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting people currently.

By answering some quick questions, you can help the NHS plan its response to coronavirus!

If you've experienced symptoms, take the survey here and help our NHS become best placed to tackle it.


Good news for children

It seems the Easter Bunny is classed as a key worker so will be able to deliver our Easter eggs this weekend.

The New Zealand prime minister told news reporters the news yesterday: 


Want to know how North Yorkshire is responding to COVID-19?

Four of the leaders of North Yorkshire’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic will give an update on the work they are doing, and take questions from residents and businesses.

It's happening during a live broadcast on YouTube today (Tuesday 7 April).


Get Well Boris!

MPs across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale send well wishes to the Prime Minister.

It's as Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit in a London hospital last night.

The PM was originally admitted because of persistent coronavirus symptoms.

It's understood he was given oxygen and was struggling to breathe as his condition worsened through yesterday afternoon.