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Coronavirus - update: Monday, 4 May

Coronavirus - update: Monday, 4 May

Published by May Norman at 5:47am 4th May 2020. (Updated at 5:02pm 4th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Monday, 4 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):


RSPCA continue to rescue animals during lockdown

The RSPCA dealt with 2,666 wildlife incidents in North Yorkshire last year.

Despite the lockdown, RSPCA rescue teams are continuing on the frontline as designated key workers - and the charity has launched an emergency appeal to help it continue to rescue, rehabilitate and release the animals most in need through the crisis.

RSPCA scientific officer Evie Button said:

“Regardless of coronavirus, wild animals still need rescuing by the RSPCA and breeding season is the start of a really busy time for us.

“We’ll have lots of calls about baby birds, orphaned fox cubs and hedgehogs which have come out of hibernation and need help to build up their body weight.

“It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week which is very appropriate as these much-loved prickly creatures are the most frequent visitor to our wildlife centres.”






North Yorkshire community pharmacies offering 'safe spaces'

It's for people suffering from domestic violence during the lockdown.  

You can read more here



Harrogate council losing £250,000 a month in car parking revenue

The lockdown has caused ticket takings by Harrogate Borough Council to drop sharply.

Parking sites have stayed open and free-of-charge for key workers.

The council says it still expects to be able to fund its frontline services.

You can read more here.  



61 fines issued in North Yorkshire over weekend

North Yorkshire Police says people are still ignoring advice to stay away from the county at weekends.  

They issued more than 60 fines over Saturday and Sunday. 

You can read more here.  



Two more deaths in Stray FM area

There have been two more deaths from coronavirus in the Stray FM area. 

One was a patient at Harrogate Hospital and the other at Airedale Hospital.  

NHS England has released the latest figures.  

You can read more here.  



Pharmacy opening times for Bank Holiday 

People are being reassured that all but a handful of North Yorkshire Community Pharmacies will be open on the Bank Holiday, Friday 8th May. 

Jack Davies Chairperson Community Pharmacy North Yorkshire said:

"After working tirelessly over the past weeks to serve their communities, once again pharmacy staff are foregoing their bank holiday to ensure that their communities can access pharmacy services. I applaud their dedication, courage and commitment during what is a stressful time for all their communities”.

You can check whether your local pharmacy will be open by clicking here


NHS still here to help


Beware of scam emails

North Yorkshire Police have warned people to beware of coronavirus-related scam emails looking to exploit the crisis.

The force has noted an upturn in phishing emails since the crisis began, with fraudsters looking to exploit the panic and gain personal information.


Love Island 2020 cancelled

This year's summer series of Love Island has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, bosses have confirmed.

The announcement has been made after much speculation about how the hit reality series, which usually airs in the UK in June, would go ahead due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

ITV says the show will come back in 2021.

Read the full story here


Plea for more jigsaws

Disability Action Yorkshire have been taking donated jigsaws and giving them to people in the Harrogate area who are self-isolating - but they still need more!

If you have any jigsaws that you no longer use or wish to donate, then get in touch with the charity via email to organise where to drop them:


Cakes for Airedale Hospital staff

What a lovely gesture!

Sugar & Spice have delivered cakes to the maternity department at Airedale Hospital to thank them for all their hard work:


Harrogate mum offering free online phonics sessions

A mum from Harrogate is offering free online phonics sessions during school closures, giving young children the lessons they need throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Katie Higham runs Katie’s Classroom, an online learning resource with video tutorials aimed at children aged 3-6.  

She started the sessions to help children and also take the pressure off parents during the lockdown.  

Read the full story here


Return of the Loo Roll

The Loo Roll videos are back!

I'Anson Brothers Ltd in Masham have put together a 'special' Loo Roll video to kick off your week with some light entertainment.

*No toilet rolls were hurt in the making of this video...


Harrogate Scrubbers update


Harrogate Scrubbers have given an update on the amount of scrubs they've managed to sew for NHS staff since lockdown began and the results are fantastic.

In just three weeks, they've produced 445 sets of scrubs for our Healthcare Heroes:


Skipton Choir releases charity song in aid of hospice

The Skipton Choir is hoping their performance of 'When You Believe' will raise vital funds for the Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice in what will be their first virtual perfomrance.

The 80-strong choir is led by musical director David Weale, with listeners given the opportunity to link through to a donation page.

Read the full story here


Appeal for books

Harrogate Mumbler are appealing for books to help support 'Veronica Silver' - a teacher from Middleton Primary School who has been reading morning and bedtime stories to children across Leeds.

She now has more than 37,000 fans, and is looking for new stories to read!

The ideal type of books needed are 5-10-minute storybooks for the 4-8 age group. Any companies or authors wanting to support Michelle are asked to email her at Athomewithveronicasilver@gmail.com.


Firefighters Memorial Day

There will be a minute's silence at Midday today to remember the bravery and sacrifice of all the firefighters we have lost.


Harrogate Grammar School Staff present... 'Break Free'

What a way to start the week!

Staff at Harrogate Grammar School have produced a lipsync of 'Break Free' by Queen in an attempt to lift the spirits of their students during the coronavirus outbreak:


More scrub packs from Harrogate Scrubbers 


Harrogate Bus Company in LEGO animation

Harrogate Bus Company have been working hard to make sure key workers are able to get to work - and their efforts have been recreated in LEGO!

The animation shows the bus picking up some LEGO characters and was created through an animation app:


Joe Wicks is excused from PE today...

Body Coach Joe Wicks has been waking us up with a daily P.E lesson at 9am throughout lockdown - but today he has a sick note from his mum!

After being bitten by his dog and spending the weekend in hospital, he has been excused from today's class but his wife, Rosie Jones, is taking the lesson in his place:


Happy Star Wars day!

Stuck for something to watch in lockdown today?

May the 4th be with you... 


Lockdown 'flouting' figures revealed

North Yorkshire Police have issued almost 500 fines for those flouting lockdown rules during the coronavirus crisis, with nearly 300 incidents in North Yorkshire since the end of April.

The figures, published up to Monday 27th April, show the force had issued 495 fines at 275 separate incidents, but since Monday this number is on track to pass the 500 mark.

Of those 495 who were fined, more than half (269) were visitors from outside the county including 149 from West Yorkshire, 30 from Cleveland, 10 from London and the rest from South Yorkshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Lancashire and Durham.

Of all the people fined, 41 percent are known to the police already.

Read the full story here


Parents urged to keep up child vaccinations

NHS England says it is still offering essential vaccinations and is appealing to parents not to miss appointments for their children during the pandemic.

The childhood immunisation programme protects against diseases including whooping cough, measles and meningitis.

Visits to clinics and GP surgeries are allowed as long as none of the family is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.


Help is out there

A reminder if you're self-isolating or simply at home during the lockdown....


Tests for council workers ‘should have happened much sooner’

The Government's announcement that council workers with coronavirus symptoms can now be tested, 'should have happened much sooner', according to a Harrogate trade union.

Unison, representing staff at Harrogate Borough Council, says the move is welcome news but unsung heroes supporting local communities should have received access to tests sooner.

It's also calling for the workforce to be provided with face masks.

Read the full article here.


'These Are the Hands'

Harrogate District Hospital has taken part in a short film, raising money for the NHS Charities Together appeal.

'These Are the Hands' features the Intensive Care Unit team.

It also includes archive footage of the NHS at work through the ages plus more recent images.

It's heartwarming - just watch it and see what you make of it.