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Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 5 May

Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 5 May

Published by May Norman at 7:25am 5th May 2020. (Updated at 4:52pm 5th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Tuesday, 5 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):


Key workers supporting key workers...

...and we love to see it.

Harrogate firefighters are helping to provide a relaxing garden space for NHS heroes at Harrogate District Hospital.


“We’re still here to help and it’s not a bother!”

That's the message from GPs across the Bradford District and Craven. They've been sharing videos online to encourage people to call if they become unwell with something not linked to coronavirus.

"We have seen a reduction in the number of people calling our GP practices for appointments and a fall in the number of attendances at emergency departments at our hospitals.

“In some cases this is positive because it means people are using valuable NHS services responsibly, but we are concerned there are those out there who need our help who are not getting in touch because they’re worried about ‘being a bother’ to busy health services."

Dr David Tatham, local GP and strategic clinical director at NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group

GP practices are delivering services differently at the moment including offering telephone appointments for those who cannot use a virtual service. Practices are set-up to ensure people who urgently need face-to-face treatment can be seen separately to those with potential COVID-19.


An extra thanks to midwives today

At the moment, we're even more thankful of our key workers and NHS staff than we normally are.

Today, we're particularly appreciative of midwives. It's the international day of the midwife!



Ten rubbish tips in North Yorkshire opening tomorrow

Half of North Yorkshire’s household waste recycling centres will reopen tomorrow, following recent government advice.

All 20 of the County Council’s recycling sites closed temporarily in March in response to Government restrictions to protect the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A queuing system will manage vehicles entering the sites to protect staff and residents. Social distancing must be observed, with people remaining at least two metres apart at all times.

Click here for the full list of sites re-opening.


Smokers urged to quit

Bradford District Council is urging people to give up smoking to reduce the risks of severe symptoms if they get coronavirus.

Public Health Bradford is backing the #QuitforCovid campaign which was developed by a GP and is now being supported by the Smokefree Action Coalition led by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).

Smoking tobacco damages the lungs, weakens the immune system and causes a range of severe respiratory problems. Evidence so far suggests people who smoke may be at increased risk of severe disease if they get Covid-19.

“Even if you've tried before and didn't manage, don't give up on quitting because you can do it. Many smokers try several times before they succeed, but getting the right support and using stop smoking aids to help ease the cravings gives you a much better chance of success. Speak to one of our advisors to get advice and support to help you quit for good.”

Michael Hustler, Bradford Council’s Living Well Stop Smoking Service


West Harrogate Recycling Centre re-opening tomorrow

West Harrogate’s recycling centre will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, it has been confirmed.

The site is one of 10 in North Yorkshire which are being brought back into use on a “phased basis”, county council chief executive Richard Flinton said.

Harrogate’s Wetherby Road recycling centre – as well as Ripon’s Dallamires Lane site – will remain closed.

“We are only opening sites where we can cope with the anticipated demand and the impact on the highways.”

Richard Flinton, North Yorkshire County Council Chief Executive

The 10 sites chosen to reopen are the larger centres where social distancing can be maintained.


No new coronavirus-related deaths in the Stray FM area 

A further 366 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died in England.

NHS England has released the latest figures this afternoon.  

No more deaths were reported in the Stray FM area.

Click here for the full story.



A "very special small person" has made a poster for Harrogate District Hospital's Cancer Centre.


If you know this small person, please say a huuuge well done from us!


More visors donated to key services

King James School in Knaresborough is the latest school to provide visors for key services around Yorkshire.

Nice one, King James!


VE Day Competition

Harrogate Supporting Older People are running a competition to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day at the end of the week.

As well as spreading some joy, they're hoping it will raise some money for charity.

They say they hope it will also raise awareness of the work they do to support elderly people in the community.


"I'm not sure if you've heard of this place called...the North?"

McDonald's has announced the first fifteen restaurants which are set to open for delivery only on 13th May.

However, various Twitter users (of varying levels of fame) have noticed a slight problem...

In fact the vast majority of the outlets are based in and around London and the South East.

In response, the fast food chain says it hopes more outlets elsewhere will soon open as well.

Click here to read the full story.


Changes to streets in Ilkley

The way roads and streets across the Bradford District are used is set to change.

Bradford Council is introducing measures to support social distancing.

It's starting work over the next couple of weeks in Ilkley on The Grove and Wheatley Lane.

Click here to read about all the changes


Otley and Wetherby's rubbish tips COULD be about to re-open

Leeds City Council - who operate Household Waste and Recycling Centres in Otley and Wetherby - say they aim to re-open their main tips next week.

They haven't yet specified which sites will be involved - and whether the sites in Otley and Wetherby will be affected.

Residents will need to book in advance - and will need to be in possession of a "Leeds Resident" permit.

"We have been working with neighbouring councils across West Yorkshire to coordinate our planning and to meet new government guidelines that we expect to be updated later this week."

“We know the coronavirus has presented a number of challenges in terms of how residents manage and dispose of their waste. I would therefore like to offer a big thank you to residents for their continued patience and support in these challenging and unprecedented times.”

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment and active lifestyles


Harrogate Scrubbers leaving their mark

The fantastic work being done by Harrogate Scrubbers hasn't gone unnoticed as they sew scrubs for local health workers.

Check out the small thoughtful touches they've been making to show their appreciation for the effort of the key workers they're sewing for:


Thank you from a Leeds and Sheffield United legend

Former Leeds United and Sheffield United footballer Brian Deane has taken the time to thank HHCC and everyone across the NHS:


Unlucky Jason!

Comedian Jason Manford has said he has been turned down for a job at Tesco after applying "to feel useful" during lockdown.

Jason shared a screengrab apparently of his rejection letter, joking that he is "absolutely livid" about his application to the supermarket being unsuccessful.

The 38-year-old said he applied for a job as a Tesco driver after becoming "recently unemployed" due to the coronavirus pandemic, getting in touch early on in the outbreak as some people were stockpiling and when "it looked like supermarkets etc were going to need thousands of extra hands".

Read the full story here


World's Biggest Thank You card

Card Factory have embarked on their 'World Biggest Thank You' campaign to support the work being done by the NHS and attempt to break a world record in the process.

The company are looking to create the world's biggest 'thank you' card, with people encouraged to sign the card before donating to their page for NHS Charities Together.

The campaign is attempting to raise £100,000 and has already achieved £9,300 from 734 supporters.

Find the fundraising page here


Further support announced for small businesses in Craven

Craven District Council will receive further funding to support small businesses in the district that have been affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The extra Government funding has been announced to help some of the businesses that were not eligible for the original Government grant scheme, with local authorities set to receive an extra £617 million in total.

The funding will be available to help small businesses such as bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates, and small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief.

Read the full story here


Laptops given to disadvantaged students

Hundreds of disadvantaged students in North Yorkshire are to be given free laptops and tablets to help them study at home during lockdown.

The region is set to receive 830 devices for young people in social care, with a further 119 going to Year 10 students studying for GCSEs.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said it will “take the pressure” off parents with children at home. The promise of technology comes in response to worries that pupils from poorer families are losing out during the weeks out of school.

Read the full story here


World Cup of Yorkshire... Family attractions!

Welcome to Yorkshire's popular 'World Cup of Yorkshire' is set to return as it looks to crown the number 1 family attraction in the whole region.

Having already decided the most loved restaurant and tourist attraction, the Twitter poll will give people the chance to vote on their favourite attraction to take their family.

Get nominating now!


Improve your mental health

Mental health is just as important now as it has ever been and sharing any concerns is crucial.

If you're struggling or need to talk about your worries, visit 
for more information on helplines available.


Free car valeting for key workers

Aqua Tech Valeting & Detailing in Wetherby are hoping to put a smile on the faces of key workers, as they spend the week visiting various health care workers and NHS staff and washing their cars for free!

The team will also be leaving hand-knitted hearts in each car to let each key worker know they are loved for what they do.

Fantastic work guys!

Aqua tech valeting - free for key workers


GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity and takes place on May 5th, giving people the chance to come together as a global community and help make a difference to charity.

This #GivingTuesdayNow why not help out local charity HELP Harrogate and turn any unwanted books, DVDs and games into cash from your own home!


Drop off in Harrogate GP appointments

Fewer people across the Harrogate district are visiting their GPs during the coronavirus lockdown, with figures falling by 12% from last year.

Health bosses are now reminding patients that GP practices are open and if they are ill or concerned about their health to make an appointment.

Read the full story here


Test it Tuesday

Its Test it Tuesday, and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service are reminding people to check their smoke detectors on a weekly basis.


Harrogate Town contributing to HG lockdown fest

HG Lockdown Fest is set to start on Friday 8th May, and Harrogate Town AFC have announced they will have their own slot!

The three-day online Lockdown Festival features community based organisations and companies, looking to entertain, educate and inspire Harrogate residents, and Harrogate Town will be using their slot on the second day to showcase some fitness activities from one of their coaches.


Plans for the weekend?

This is great 🤣

Need some help making plans for the weekend?


Thank you bus workers!


North Yorkshire Police issue more fines

North Yorkshire Police have revealed another busy weekend of fines for people visiting the region and ignoring lockdown rules.

The force have issued 61 fines and have not noticed a dip in the number of day-tippers!


Free takeaway!

Harrogate favourite The Fat Badger are giving one lucky person a FREE takeaway to be enjoyed over the bank holiday weekend.

Get involved via Twitter and get your weekend off to a great start:


Ex-Bradford City footballer raises £6,000 for NHS

Former Bradford City striker Billy Clarke has raised £6,391.87 for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity by raffling off two much-loved football shirts.

The footballer raffled off two shirts from Bradford's 4-2 FA Cup giant-killing of Chelsea in 2015 and has vowed to split the money between Bradford Hospitals’ Charity (the official NHS charity partner of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and the Trussell Trust.

Great work Billy! 👏



#StillHereToHelp - A message from Ilkley & Wharfedale Medical Practice

Students and staff at Ilkley Grammar School have helped put together an informational video for Springs Medical Practice to let people know that the NHS are #StillHereToHelp.

The video includes interviews with GPs at the practice and aims to reassure people that, should you need them for reasons other than coronavirus, the NHS are still here for you:


Break free

Staff from the drama department at Harrogate Grammar school have created their own version of 'Break Free'.

Well done - what a fantastic effort!!! 


Test facility in Harrogate

A pop-up coronavirus testing unit is in Harrogate today.

The military-run drive through mobile test centre is at The Hydro.

It's for key workers and those prioritised for testing - but you have to register first on the government website.

Click here to make an appointment.