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Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 9 April

Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 9 April

Published by May Norman at 6:59am 9th April 2020. (Updated at 4:28pm 9th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Thursday, 9 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):


Boston Spa children's hospice in urgent appeal 

Martin House has had to close all its 12 shops and cancelled fundraising events - meaning its expected to lose 1 point 7 million in just 3 months. 

You can read more here.  



Revised opening times for doctors' surgeries and community pharmacies 

Doctors' surgeries and community pharmacies will be operating revised opening hours over Easter.  

Patients are being asked not to attend their surgery unless they have been asked to do so.  The NHS is urging people to order prescriptions online through the NHS app where possible.

You can read more here.    



Two more deaths in Stray FM area

Two patients at Airedale Hospital have died from coronavirus in the past 24 hours.   NHS England have released the latest coronavirus figures.  

You can read more here.  




The must-watch video of the weekend! 

Staff at Harrogate Grammar School have grouped together to release a must-watch video to kick off your Easter weekend...

Watch the video below:


Boris Johnson 'mentally able to make decisions' as condition improves

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be 'accessible' and 'mentally able to make decisions' from hospital having spent three nights in intensive care with COVID-19.

Doubts had been expressed as to whether the cabinet will be willing to make major decisions before Mr Johnson recovers, including when the UK lockdown could be lifted.

But with the PM's condition said to be improving, the former defence minister Tobias Ellwood indicated that he remains capable of signing off any big decisions.


One for Manic Street Preachers fans...

Popular band Manic Street Preachers have announced they will play a FREE gig for NHS staff when the coronavirus crisis comes to an end.

The band announced they will play two shows at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on 4th and 5th December 2020, with the first night a free show for NHS staff and the second a ticketed event for the public - with all profits going to NHS Wales charities!


North Yorkshire leaders ask residents to avoid seaside

Three leading figures in North Yorkshire have released a combined statement via social media to ask residents to avoid the seaside this bank holiday weekend and to stay at home.

The North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner, a North Yorkshire County Councillor and an MP for Scarborough and Whitby have each given statements about the rules around staying at home and have asked people avoid the Yorkshire Coast despite the likelihood of hot weather.

See the full statement here:


Bring the zoo to you!

We might not be able to see the animals at Piglets Adventure Farm in real life, but you can still watch them being fed courtesy of their new YouTube channel!

Grab the kids and watch the pig feed below...


Premier League footballers launch fund for NHS

Leading Premier League footballers have launched a fund for NHS charities called #PlayersTogether to aid the fight against coronavirus.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, Tottenham and England captain Harry Kane and Manchester United captain Harry Maguire were among the players to tweet out a statement at 9pm on Wednesday night.

Premier League clubs said last week they would ask players to take a pay cut of 30 per cent - but no agreement has been reached and the players have now announced their own initiative.

Read the full story here


Harrogate businesses to provide food parcels for elderly and vulnerable

This is fantastic! 👏

Harrogate Supporting Older People (SOP) have teamed up with Waitrose & Partners Harrogate and Harrogate RoundTable to create food parcels for those in need during the coronavirus crisis.

This week the businesses will be creating a number of parcels containing essential groceries that will be delivered to local residents!

If you know anybody who might benefit from these food parcels, SOP have a dedicated phone line open on weekdays between 10am-4pm to take requests: 07535 508043.

Harrogate SOP food parcels

Updated list of local companies offering essentials

Harrogate SOP and HELP Harrogate have updated their list of Harrogate and Knaresborough companies offering essentials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The list includes butchers, cafes, post offices and bakeries that are still operating and can provide essential food and other items for self-isolating older and vulnerable people.


World cup of Yorkshire - Round 2

Welcome to Yorkshire's 'World Cup of Yorkshire' featuring natural landmarks is into round 2 and kicks off on their Twitter page today (@Welcome2Yorks).

There are some beautiful Yorkshire landmarks to choose from (including a few from the Stray FM area!) - so make sure you have your say in getting your favourite through to the next round!


Thirsk pet food company makes big donation to local RSPCA

This is amazing! 🐶

A Thirsk-based pet food company has made a big donation to a local branch of the RSPCA, whose stocks are low due to the coronaviris pandemic.

Inspired Pet Nutrition Ltd has made the delivery to the RSPCA York & Harrogate, which tweeted their gratitude for the 'amazing donation.'

Well done Inspired Pet Nutrition!


Don't miss our one-stop-shop for essential services

Don't forget, we at Stray FM are providing a guide for businesses and local people to search and enter information about critical services in the area.

If you are a supermarket, pharmacy, post office, bank etc. - please submit information about your business and what you're offering so people from across the area can find out everything they need!

Stray FM COVID-19 Community support


Stay at home over Easter!

The Easter bank holiday weekend is here and it could be tempting to meet up with family or friends... Don't.

North Yorkshire Police are reminding people of the dangers of going against government advice and leaving your home for any non-essential journeys.



Harrogate International Festivals launch HIF Player

Harrogate International Festivals' 'HIF Player' is set to give the area access to festival events, archives and resources after they made the difficult decision to cancel their summer season due to COVID-19.

The 'virtual experience' contains videos, audio recordings and DJ sets to bring HIF to your home!

Find out more about the HIF Player here


Clap for carers

Will you #ClapForOurCarers again tonight?

It's become somewhat of a ritual to clap for all the fantastic carers and health workers who are fighting the coronavirus crisis throughout the country.

The weekly clap occurs at 8pm each Thursday - will you be involved?


Scrubs up!

A team of sewing enthusiasts has been busy sewing scrubs for NHS workers.

They're from Ilkley and are doing a fantastic job!


Lockdown life set to last til May

Political leaders and health experts have a so-called 'lockdown summit' later.

The meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee will be chaired by foreign secretary Dominic Raab in Boris Johnson's absence.

It's expected restrictions on movement could be extended until May at the earliest.


Could NHS Nightingale, Harrogate be ready for its first patients?

The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate is expected to be ready this weekend.

The building firm behind creating the temporary hospital predicts to have finished the project by Easter Monday.

BAM Construction has spent the last two weeks working on transforming Harrogate Convention Centre into a 500-bed emergency hospital, serving Yorkshire and Humberside.


Harrogate Police issue another plea to parents

Groups of youths congregating in Harrogate town centre last night were broken up by police.

Officers were called to Valley Gardens, The Pinewoods and Harlow Carr where youngsters continue to meet, despite coronavirus lockdown measures in place.

It's prompted another warning to parents, to remind their children of government guidelines.