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Coronavirus - update: Friday, 17 April

Coronavirus - update: Friday, 17 April

Published by May Norman at 6:38am 17th April 2020. (Updated at 6:01pm 17th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Friday, 17 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):


Stay away from the Dales this weekend

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is once again urging the public to stay at home and avoid all unnecessary travel. 

David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said:

“People must not be making unnecessary trips to, or around the National Park. In particular, exercise should be done locally, and people should not be making special journeys to access the countryside.

"Our Ranger Service will once again be supporting North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police in the National Park over the weekend, encouraging people to heed this advice”.






Fundraising ideas wanted to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is asking supporters to join a fundraising challenge in April.  

The charity needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep its helicopters flying, and  estimates the coronavirus outbreak will cost it more than £400,000.

You can read more here.  


Another coronavirus death at Harrogate hospital 

NHS England have released the latest figures.  

You can read more here.  


Don't have barbecues on balconies of high rise buildings 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  is warning members of the public about the dangers of having a barbecue on balconies of high-rise buildings during the coronavirus lockdown.  

Crews have attended a small number of barbecues on balconies in recent days.  

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: 

“We are sympathetic to the fact that residents who live in flats in urban areas may be feeling cooped up and are looking for ways to enjoy the small outdoors areas available to them.  

“However, having a barbecue on a balcony does pose a risk of fire spreading and could potentially put yourself, your family or flatmates, and other residents at risk should this happen. We have seen a small rise in this activity and as we now enter another weekend on lockdown we do not want to see anyone put at risk." 


'Thank you' road markings in Bradford

They're to pay tribute to the NHS.


Card fraud warning for North Yorkshire businesses

North Yorkshire Police are warning meat suppliers and farm shops in North Yorkshire are being targeted by card fraudsters.  

Fraudsters are taking large quantity orders over the phone which are then paid for using stolen cards.

Police have issued some tips to protect local businesses.    

You can read more here.  



How to secure your business during lockdown

As we enter another three-week lockdown, Harrogate BID issues security advice to local businesses.

With shops closed and a reduced footfall in the town, the group wants to ensure town centre properties are as secure as possible, and not a target for criminals looking for easy pickings.

A full list of the advice can be found here.


Such sad news

Leeds United legend Norman Hunter has died at the age of 76.

The England World Cup winner passed away a week after being admitted to hospital with coronavirus.

Hunter made over 700 appearances for the club over a 14 year period.


Sporting stars step in to help frontline workers

Sports clubs are coming forward to help provide health staff with PPE.

Keighley Cougars - the rugby league club - has donated 5,000 faces masks to Airedale Hospital and Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

Well done - what a fantastic gesture!


"Thank you from the bottom of my heart"

Celebrities have been paying tribute to those behind the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate.

They've recorded messages of support for doctors, nurses and other health workers who are working at the temporary hospital.


Lockdown life continues

Police chiefs have issued guidance to forces on the "reasonable" excuses people can leave their homes during the coronavirus lockdown - including a cooling-off period after arguments.

It comes as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced a three-week extension to the country's lockdown regulations.

Here's the list of what we can and cannot do during the lockdown:


Don't put off getting checked out if you need it

There are concerns people in North Yorkshire are putting off using NHS services for illnesses not related to coronavirus. 

The local CCG is reminding patients its services are still open - and is worried about the late diagnosis of serious conditions like cancer, heart attacks and strokes. 

It also says it's seeing fewer children - and is reminding parents to get help if their child is ill.


Help is on hand

The Harrogate Easier Living Project is continuing to help people in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The group works with volunteers to help vulnerable people remain living safe and well at home and stay connected with their community.

It's working with community groups to offer food boxes to residents:


All hail our health heroes!

NHS workers were applauded in the weekly Clap for Carers last night.

People across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale joined others around the UK in showing their appreciation for frontline health workers.

North Yorkshire Police shared this video with us:


Some positive news to share!

Health bosses at Harrogate District Hospital have shared with us the news of how many patients have recovered from coronavirus and been discharged.

As of yesterday, 51 people have left the hospital and returned back home.