Coronavirus - update: Friday, 1 May

Coronavirus - update: Friday, 1 May

Published by May Norman at 7:20am 1st May 2020. (Updated at 5:35pm 1st May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Friday, 1 May

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):


Government meets coronavirus test target 

The government has surpassed its target of carrying out 100,000 coronavirus tests per day by the end of April.

It was announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock in the government's daily news briefing.  




Coronavirus road signs put up in North Yorkshire 

Dozens of high visibility road signs have been installed across key routes in North Yorkshire, in the latest move to stop visitors descending on the county’s beauty spots during the national lockdown. 

Chair of the multi-agency North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, Richard Flinton, said:

“Essential journeys do not include the sort of examples we continue to see. If you come here under those circumstances, you are putting lives at risk and you may well also pay the price with a fine. These escalate in penalty for repeat offenders.

“It’s incredibly disappointing that, while we are facing the fight of our lives with massive humanitarian and financial challenges due to the pandemic – we are having to spend time and money driving home this message to the small number of people showing no common sense or thought.”    

Covid road signs
Coronavirus road sign

Update from North Yorkshire Council on re-opening of waste recycling sites 

The council says household recycling centres will remain closed for the time being. 

It says it is still considering how to re-open them, taking into account social distancing and traffic management. 

Ian Fielding, Assistant Director, Waste Management, said:

“As it stands our household waste recycling centres remain closed for public safety and to cut non-essential travel but we will open them as soon as we can. The government are indicating that sites can reopen where they can be operated safely, and are preparing guidance for local authorities on how this might work in practice. 

“We are considering how and when we might be able to open our sites, and operate them without putting staff or the public at risk. Before making a decision, we want to ensure that we have addressed all potential challenges regarding social distancing and traffic management but it is probable that not all sites will open initially, and it is likely that there will be significant restrictions on their use. 

“The choice to close was one we made together with almost every other council in England. We understand that our HWRCs are a popular and important service. We want to see them open and will do so as soon as possible."


Three more deaths in Stray FM area

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

Two were patients at Airedale Hospital and one at Harrogate Hospital.

You can read more here.  


Army of Friends

West Yorkshire band 'The Dunwells' have released a new song called "Army of friends" featuring various members of NHS staff, with all proceeds set to go to frontline key workers.

Joe and David, the brothers behind The Dunwells, have been keeping in touch via video calls and are performing for their loyal fanbase each night on Facebook at 6PM.

Getting together with Yorkshire friends Rob Clayton and Adam Taylor, the guys have had great success by supporting such names as Bryan Adams, touring across America and Joe's personal favourite, performing at Red Rocks in Colorado.

Read the full story here


Baaa-rilliant work!


Virtual spa day, anyone?

If you're desperate for a spa day, why not try the next best thing and heat up your Zoom meetings with these spa backgrounds from Harrogate's Turkish Baths!

You may not be able to go to an actual spa, but this is close enough, right?


Race for Life at home

Even though many of the Race for Life events are moving to later this year, you can still do something now with the Race for Life at Home challenge!

Whether it's twerking, limbo, star jumps, squats, skipping, dance… Come up with your own Race for Life at Home challenge or complete your race in the garden by jogging, walking or lunging.

Whether you do 5k or a few laps, it’s just about getting involved and raising money for a fantastic worthy cause.


'Share the road, follow the rules'

Police and local authorities are joining forces to urge anyone cycling or driving in North Yorkshire this weekend to “share the road and follow the rules”.

The plea follows a rise in crashes involving cyclists, as families, novices and experienced riders take to two wheels for exercise.

The proportion of collisions involving pedal cyclists in the county has risen from 20 per cent to 27 per cent.

Read the full story here


Leeds company printing face masks for health workers

A company in Leeds is using 3D printers to make face masks and visors for front line NHS workers in West and North Yorkshire.

'For the PPEople' is producing face masks and visors using 3D printers for free, before distributing them across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.  

They are currently distributing between 250 and 500 of the masks per day for free - only asking for a donation in return. 

Read the full story here


Thank you from Harrogate Scrubbers

Harrogate Scrubbers have thanked several local companies for their overwhelming support as they sew scrubs for health workers in Harrogate and surrounding districts.

The group have received financial donations, as well as materials and fabrics allowing them to continue their fantastic work!

Find the group on Facebook here


Needing some fitness inspiration?


Captain Tom Moore's final fundraising total

Captain Tom Moore has hung up his walking boots after raising an astonishing £32,795,292 for NHS Charities Together!

Over 1.5 million people donated to Captain Tom's JustGiving page, which he set up in the lead up to his 100th birthday in order to raise money for the NHS.

His story has since become national (and global!) news, and he was inundated with birthday cards and well-wishes on his 100th birthday yesterday.

It's certainly a story that we will all remember for a long time - we're forever grateful Captain Tom!

Captain Tom Moore

Rainbow at Harrogate Hospital

What a moment!

People gathered at Harrogate Hospital for the weekly clap last night and were able to see a real rainbow reflected in the hospital's windows.

The rainbow has become a sign of hope during the coronavirus crisis and drawings/artwork of the symbol have featured in windows as a sign of support for the NHS.

Check out the photos from the special moment at Harrogate Hospital last night:


St Aidan's choir give virtual performance

What a heartwarming way to end the week!

Current and former members of St Aidan's Chamber Choir and four members of the music staff have been working on a virtual performance of the popular worship song 'King of Kings' by Yorkshire songwriter Jarrod Cooper.

The virtual choir members stretch as far back as 2002 and have answered the call for them to submit their own video and audio tracks, producing this heart-warming, uplifting collaboration for these uncertain times:


Yorkshire Dales still open for businesses

Businesses across the region have been heavily affected by the coronavirus crisis, but how are services changing?

Check out this handy guide on how Dales businesses are adapting to the situation and creating entirely new services to fulfil customers' needs:


'We are past the peak,' says Prime Minister

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken to his Twitter page to assure the nation we are past the peak and are on a 'downward slope' in terms of cases of coronavirus in the UK.

The Prime Minister himself has made a full recovery from Covid-19 having contracted the disease at the start of last month and is hopeful for the long term.


Yorkshire Ambulance crews treated by The Ivy

Yorkshire Ambulance Service have been enjoying some fine dining courtesy of The Ivy in Leeds, who have supplied crews across the region with meals to help them on their shifts.

Several crews were treated to a meal, including Wetherby, Menston, Wakefield and several others throughout the area.


Emotional tribute to Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff

Key workers in Halifax paid tribute to two members of Yorkshire Ambulance Service who sadly died from Coronavirus this week.

The tribute came during last night's clap for carers after two long-serving Yorkshire Ambulance Service workers lost their lives due to Coronavirus.

One worker from North Yorkshire died in hospital on Tuesday, while the other from West Yorkshire died on Thursday, also in hospital.

Read the full story here


Covid-19 testing sites coming to Thirsk, Selby and Richmond


Another successful #ClapforCarers in Harrogate

The weekly tradition of clapping for our NHS and key workers took place again last night - and it was an extravagant affair for one road in Harrogate!

This is Toby, who showcased his drumming skills to the tune of 'Is this the way to Amarillo?' during last night's clap at 8pm:


Any spare jigsaws?

Have you got any jigsaws that you've finished or no longer use?

Harrogate Borough Council and Disability Action York are appealing for jigsaws to give to people in the community.

If you can help, drop your jigsaw off at their offices on Monday or Tuesday next week:


Council deploys 'Ready for Anything' volunteers

North Yorkshire County Council is deploying Ready for Anything volunteers to check on vulnerable people self-isolating during the coronavirus crisis.

It's all part of a #TeamNorthYorkshire effort to ensure vulnerable and elderly people have everything they need whilst they're unable to leave their homes.

This is Andrea Watson, who is doing her work with a smile as she checks on people in her area. Fantastic work Andrea!


New HIF Player podcast as chosen by you

Harrogate International Festival's 'HIF Player' has been massively popular since the coronavirus crisis forced them to cancel their summer season.

And yesterday, they gave you the chance to choose their next podcast!

Check out the winner on HIF Player now - a special Late Night Lock-in with Edinburgh crime writer Ian Rankin and Inspector Banks author Peter Robinson:


Ryanair becomes latest COVID-19 victim

Ryanair is planning to shed up to 3,000 jobs because of the "unprecedented" coronavirus crisis that has seen the global grounding of flights.

The budget airline - which operates out of Leeds Bradford airport - said jobs to go will be mainly pilot and cabin crew jobs, while other measures could see unpaid leave and pay slashed by up to 20 per cent.

It could also result in the closure of "a number of aircraft bases across Europe" until demand for air travel recovers.


Drive-in market opens

A drive-in market in Harrogate is helping people do their shopping during the virus outbreak.   

The market,  run by Harrogate Tipple, started this week - and sells a range of food and drink 

A click and collect service allows people to order and pay online before collecting their shopping - or you can simply turn up and order from your car.     

Sounds brilliant.

Read more here.


Vital services still available

Many services across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale have been adapted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Where possible, they've gone online - meaning most people will still be able to access them.

Active Against Cancer is one of those.

It's a unique free health and wellbeing service for people living with cancer in Harrogate.

It provides bespoke and individualised activity programmes.

These are still available - but online.....


Knaresborough Bed Race is ON!

It's the news we all want to hear - the Great Knaresborough Bed Race is back on.

But not in its usual format.

Organisers - the Knaresborough Lions - are taking it virtual.

It's called 'Bed Race 2020 Unplugged'

More details will be released in the next few weeks - but first children are being asked to draw pictures of a bed, with the theme ‘What I’m looking forward to’.

These pictures need to be sent to Knaresborough Lions and then displayed in windows.