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Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 12 May

Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 12 May

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:15am 12th May 2020. (Updated at 5:06pm 12th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Tuesday, 12 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):


No queuing for the toilet!

RyanAir's announced plans to restore 40% of its flights from July - meaning it will run around 1000 services per day. It's currently running about 30.

There will be temperature checks, and everyone will have to wear a mask.

Oh, and queuing for toilets will be banned. Passengers will need to make individual requests!

Despite this, the health secretary has announced that holidays abroad are unlikely this summer - click here for more details.


"The teachers should all wear a crown"

We couldn't agree more - home-schooling has taught us that even a crown isn't enough.

What a fab limerick!

"Coppice Valley is the best school in town.

Kids never leave here with a frown.

We miss it so much,

It's more than a crutch,

The teachers should all wear a crown."


Leeds Festival cancelled

Bramham Park will no longer be hosting Lewis Capaldi, Liam Galagher, Rage Against the Machine and Stormzy...


HBC staff 'shock' after furlough talks

Harrogate Borough Council staff first heard that they could be furloughed during a virtual meeting of councillors.

A union official says finding out they could be furloughed came as a "shock" to council staff.

It was presented as a possibility during an online council meeting.

The council says no decision has been made yet.

Click here to read the full story.


Social media webinar from Skipton BID

Now that everyone's had to get to grips with digital technology because of the coronavirus lockdown, Skipton BID (Business Improvement District) is here to help.

They're running a webinar to help people become social media savvy!


Craven Council: 'Respect social distancing, communities and the countryside'

Residents and visitors to Craven are being urged to stay at home as much as possible, respect local communities and follow social distancing at all times, following new Government guidance this week.

From Wednesday May 13, the Government is allowing people to “exercise outside as many times each day as they wish” and stating that “people may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there”. 

“We were hoping that the Government would wait a little longer before making this announcement; however, we and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are now preparing to manage the situation given this new Government guidance.

“In some of our most popular tourist areas, social distancing is going to be difficult due to narrow footpaths and lanes so we would ask people to enjoy open countryside away from crowds, and keep a safe distance from homes, schools, and farms. Please bear in mind that many residents of rural villages are particularly vulnerable to the virus."

Craven District Council leader, Richard Foster


Praise for charity support line

The 'Just 'B' Hear to Help' community support line was launched when lockdown restrictions first came into place.

It's designed to support those struggling with their emotional wellbeing during the coronavirus crisis.

The service has received positive feedback, as well as seeing an increase in usage.

Click here for the full story.


Latest figures released...

Four more people have died with coronavirus in the Stray FM area.  

They were all patients at Airedale Hospital.

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 23,708.

Click here to read the full story.


Dozens of animals abandoned in North Yorks

42 animals have been abandoned in North Yorkshire since the start of the lockdown.

More than 1,600 animals have been reported abandoned across the country.

The RSPCA says it is in need of funding and donations to help frontline staff.  

Click here for the full story.


More trains for North and West Yorkshire

Train services in the North of England will increase from 45 per cent to 63 per cent of normal services from Monday.

It means more trains on the Harrogate, Airedale and Wharfedale lines.  

But it could be "many weeks" before normal levels of service resume.

Click here to read the full story.


We're now hungry.

Brody from Ripon Grammar School has absolutely smashed it out of the park with a culinary challenge - biscuits wearing masks!

And they're all for key workers too. Nice one, Brody.


Help avoiding phone scams

North Yorkshire Police has announced another step in making sure residents of the county aren't victims of telephone scams.

Officers will be going live on Facebook on Thursday to share the latest advice.


Fundraising challenge supporting key workers and their families 

The Principle Trust Children's Charity usually provides breaks for disadvantaged, underprivileged and disabled children from across Yorkshire.  

But during the pandemic, they're turning their attention to key workers and their children. 

For their latest fundraising challenge they're asking people to walk to the 3 peaks indoors.

They money will be used to provide free holidays for key workers and their families. 

If you're interested in taking part email fundraising@principletrust.co.uk 


Volunteers raising £24,000 to support new NHS workers

The money raised will cover the registration fees of 200 students due to qualify in the next twelve months.

The 'Florence Nightingale Project' has been launched on the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth - which is also International Nurses' Day.

The campaign is being organised by the Supplies for Key Workers in and around Harrogate group.

Click here to read the full story.


Job retention scheme extended to October

The Chancellor has confirmed the job retention scheme, which the furlough is part of, will continue to October, with no changes until the end of July.

From August onwards, there will be more flexibility, with employers being able to bring back workers part-time.

It was rumoured that furloughed employees would be paid 60% of their salary rather than the current 80%, but Rishi Sunak says that's not going to happen.


Weekly Webinar

Harrogate Financial Advisors BDB Financial are hosting weekly webinars to give people key financial advice during the coronavirus crisis, with the opportunity to ask their experts questions. 

The presentation takes approximately twenty minutes, with this week's topic continuing their theme of "Successful Investing".

If you wish to attend, email info@bdbfinancial.com and they will share the link and password: 


Penny Pot Lane recycling

Harrogate's Penny Pot Lane recycling centre reopened again this week - but the Council have reiterated that it is for essential use only.

If you can store waste at home please do so!


Surprise celebrity concert for nurses!

Leading music artists including James Blunt, Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson have grouped together to hold a surprise concert to celebrate nurses, midwives and care workers on International Nurses Day!

The concert is now available via YouTube and is hosted by Love Island's Laura Whitmore, with Clean Bandit, Zara Larsson, Melanie C, James Blunt, Anne-Marie, Jack Savoretti, Elderbrook, Imelda May and Kirsten Joy performing!

The concert was organised by not-for-profit Hospitality for Heroes for nurses across the country on International Nurses Day 2020:


Harrogate Scrubbers in The Sun

Harrogate Scrubbers are a local group that have been working tirelessly to sew and stitch scrubs for local NHS workers - and now their contribution has been recognised nationally.

The group have had an insert placed in The Sun newspaper detailing their work so far, with help from ITV Calendar presenter Christine Talbot:


Harrogate BID to deep clean town centre

Harrogate BID (Business Improvement District) is looking to appoint a specialist cleaning partner for the town centre ahead of the potential phased reopening of high street shops.

The chosen partner will be expected to undertake a number of cleaning duties over the next three years, including washing a small number of key hotspot areas on a regular basis.

Whilst Harrogate Borough Council looks after regular street sweeping and bin emptying, the work the BID will fund goes above and beyond the authority’s statutory duty. 

Read the full story here




Another message for International Nurses Day

David Melia, the Director of Nursing at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has heaped further praise on nurses across the country on International Nurses Day.

David has released this video via the Trust's Twitter page, as he has experienced firsthand what they and other key workers have been doing to care for every patient during the coronavirus crisis:


Harrogate Theatre to stay closed until July

In accordance with government advice, Harrogate Theatre will stay closed untol at least 1st July 2020.

They've assured customers that they will reassess their opening dates again inline with the next government review and we will update their statement again then.

The Theatre are also continuing their Emergency Appeal, as they require £4,000 in donations each week that their doors remain closed.


LNER continue safety measures

LNER have given customers an insight into their safety steps as they look to stop the spread of coronavirus via their trains.

The train company, who recently began more services between Harrogate and London, shared a video via Twitter to show how they are doing their upmost to prevent the spread of coronavirus as they continue to help key workers get to work:


Imagine now, Discover later

Welcome to Yorkshire are urging tourists to act responsibly and rethink any plans to visit the tourism hotspots across Yorkshire.

Despite government advice now allowing travel by car to exercise, some of the countryside and coastal communities across the region would not welcome a visitor influx at this time:


Another honour for Captain Tom

Captain Tom Moore will receive another honour today in recognition of his incredible fundraising efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

The WW2 veteran, who was born in Keighley, raised nearly £33 million for the NHS and will be honoured with the Freedom of the City of London today.

He has already been made an honorary colonel at Harrogate's Army Foundation College and has a plaque dedicated to him at Airedale Hospital, so can add this latest honour to his list!

Read the full story here


Chief Nursing Officer issues Nurses Day message

Ruth May, the Chief Nursing Officer for England, has issued a statement via her Twitter page on International Nurses Day.

Like so many others, Ruth thanks all the nurses across the country for their tireless efforts throughout the coronavirus crisis: 


Tablets delivered to Yorkshire hospices

A total of 50 Samsung smart pads have been delivered to three Yorkshire hospices to be used by children and families in their care as part of a consignment paid for by the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).

Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa; Bluebell Wood Hospice in Rotherham; and Forget-Me-Not Hospice in Huddersfield have all received the delivery, which is sure to put smiles on a few faces during lockdown!

The tablets will be put to a variety of uses, including better communication and contact with children and families still at home but receiving support to enhancing family, and visitor contact with those receiving care in the hospices where visiting can be more difficult than normal.

Samsung tablets delivery - Yorkshire hospice
Provincial Grand Charity Steward, Mike Holmes, hands over the tablets to hospice staff.

Live auction total

Harrogate Town AFC's live auction finished yesterday, with the club raising a grand total of £6161 for Harrogate HCC!

The club auctioned off shirt bundles worn by their players to fundraise and received a lot of interest on their Facebook feed.

Well done to all involved!


Keep an eye on the sky

Northern Powergrid's helicopters will be taking to the sky today as they check powerlines over Wetherby, Harrogate and Otley in the Stray FM area.

The helicopters will be checking for any potential damage or deterioration as they continue to keep us powered during lockdown.

Keep an eye on the skies!


Ripon School's choir tribute

Ripon Grammar School have shared their virtual choir tribute to frontline workers and it's a fantastic watch.

The school’s director of music Michael Barker organised the stunning virtual performance to help boost spirits and keep his students singing.

Check out the tribute here:


Covid-19 testing in Skipton

Tests for key workers and priority patients will be taking place today at the military-run mobile testing units today in Skipton.

If you're planning on going along to get tested for Covid-19, be sure to register online first:


International Nurses Day 

Today is International Nurses Day, a day which is celebrated around the world every year on 12th May - the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. 

We're being asked to 'shine a light' tonight at 8.30pm to show your appreciation for all our fantastic nurses. 

A huge, huge thank you to all our nurses in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale. 



Harrogate Hospital backs virus drug trial 

Coronavirus patients at Harrogate District Hospital are taking part in the world’s biggest single trial of drugs to find a treatment for the disease.

The programme is called the RECOVERY Trial (The Randomised Evaluation of covid-19 therapy) and is run by the University of Oxford. 

Harrogate hospital

More than 160 NHS trusts have joined the study.  

You can read more here


Harrogate volunteers providing supplies for key workers

Another day, another lovely story about the community working together to make a difference. 

Over 2,000 people are part of a Facebook group providing supplies for key workers. 

Volunteers have also set up a garden at Harrogate District Hospital donated baked goods to be enjoyed by staff. Good work, guys! 

You can read more here


Respect the Yorkshire Dales 

Ahead of changes to lockdown tomorrow, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is urging people to respect the countryside and its communities. 

It's expecting an influx of visitors. 

It also says the change in advice was "not the approach we were advocating" but says it will open car parks and toilets. 

You can read more and see the authority's advice here