Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 13 May

Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 13 May

Published by May Norman at 7:03am 13th May 2020. (Updated at 4:53pm 13th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Wednesday, 13 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):


Settle recycling centre to re-open on Thursday 

More recycling centres are to re-open in North Yorkshire tomorrow.  

It's after half of the county's household waste recycling centres opened last week.  

The next four household waste recycling centres to reopen are:

  • Leyburn, Shawl Quarry Lane, Leyburn, DL8 5LA
  • Burniston, Burniston Road, Scarborough, YO13 0DA
  • Settle, Sowarth Field Industrial Estate, Settle, BD24 9AB
  • Tholthorpe, Flawith Lane, Tholthorpe, YO61 1SG

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

The Ripon and Harrogate (Stonefall) sites remain closed.  The council says this decision will be "reviewed continually."

Cllr Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Waste Management, said:

“I am pleased that we continue to move forward, and thank residents for only visiting the sites when they feel it is essential. The 10 HWRCs that re-opened on Wednesday 6 May have managed to operate well with new controls to keep the public and staff safe. We would like to remind residents that we are currently unable to accept trailers or commercial customers at any of the sites."

Social distancing must be observed, with people remaining at least two metres apart at all times. 



Phased reopening of countryside car parks in Bradford district 

Bradford Council is re-opening some countryside car parks from tomorrow.  

Members of the same household will be able to visit together, in line with government restrictions. 

The car parks re-opening in the Stray FM area are:

  • Whetstone Gate, Keighley
  • Ilkley White Wells,
  • Ilkley Baildon Moor Top (Dobrudden) 
  • Keighley Tarn 

The Council says the opening of other car parks will be assessed.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Healthy Places and People, said:

“The easing of restrictions will allow people to spend more time outdoors and gives us a wider choice of places to visit and activities to participate in.

“But we still need to exercise caution to stop the spread of this virus.  We have to only go out or exercise with members of our own household and we still need to stay at home as much as possible.

“While it is now possible to meet outdoors with another person from outside our household, a two-metre distance absolutely has to be maintained.”


Calls for more cycling infrastructure in Harrogate 

Cycling campaigners are calling on council chiefs to “seize the opportunity” of lockdown to make major improvements to an active travel infrastructure in Harrogate.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested that the UK could see a “golden age of cycling” when the government last week announced a £2billion package to boost cycling and walking.

The plans include pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors.

cycle routes, pixabay

North Yorkshire County Council is now set to receive a slice of the government cash – but how much the authority will get and how it will be spent has yet to be announced.

Kevin Douglas, chairman of Harrogate District Cycle Action, said the council needs to act quickly whilst cycling continues to see a surge in popularity.

Kevin said:

“We are hoping that the council will take forward some of our suggestions and trial them, but they need to do it quickly to capture the moment.

“We are seeing improvements made in York, Leeds and Bradford where councils are seizing the opportunity.

“This is a great chance to make some real improvements in Harrogate, Ripon, Knaresborough and other rural areas of the borough."



Online raffle to help fundraise for Harrogate Hospital 

A new online raffle is being launched to help fundraise for Harrogate Hospital.

It will help fund specialist equipment, training and services.

You can read more here.  



Harrogate home care company thanks Hotel Chocolat for donation

The manager of elderly home care provider, Carefound Home Care, has thanked the Harrogate store of Hotel Chocolat for donating gifts to more than 50 carers.

Lorna Miles, Registered Branch Manager, said her team received the gifts from Hotel Chocolat last week in support of local key workers and their elderly clients.

Lorna said:

“Our home carers were delighted to receive these lovely chocolate goodies and we are very thankful to Hotel Chocolat for their generosity.

“Our amazing carers are critical key workers and the care and support they provide ensures that their clients can continue to live safely and happily in their own homes during this coronavirus pandemic. I am humbled each day by their compassion and professionalism.”

Harrogate home care company thanks Hotel Chocolat for donation





Clap for carers & cheer for volunteers

With the weekly #ClapForCarers approaching, HELP Harrogate are also urging people to #CheerForTheVolunteers and recognise the fantastic efforts of those volunteering throughout the community.

So many local people are giving up their free time to help others during the coronavirus crisis, so feel free to cheer along with your applause this Thursday:


Homemade PPE

With not enough PPE to meet overwhelming demand, there may be a way you can create your own face covering - and all you need is an old t-shirt!

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has tweeted this simple how-to guide:


Stay alert in North Yorkshire 


Three more confirmed deaths at Harrogate Hospital

There have been three more deaths from Coronavirus at Harrogate Hospital as the total number of reported deaths in England now exceeds 23,000.

Across England, a further 244 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 23,952.

Patients were aged between 49 and 99 years old, with 4 of the 244 patients (aged between 51 and 78 years old) having no known underlying health conditions.  

Read the full story here


NHS still here to help

Despite working tirelessly to combat the coronavirus crisis, the NHS is still here to help if you fall ill.

Contact your GP online or call 111 for help and you can still access the care you need.


Airedale sees increase in job applications due to Covid-19

Health bosses in Airedale have seen a huge increase in job applications in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In March and April alone, over 2000 applications were sent in to Airedale NHS Foundation Trust - a 52% rise compared to the same time last year.

Airedale Hospital has seen a surge in people wanting to join the trust, all thanks to the outpouring of gratitude for the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read the full story here


Story time at Harrogate Theatre

It's the weekly story time at Harrogate Theatre, so grab the little ones and settle in for a story!

Harrogate Theatre Story Circle usually takes place in Harrogate Theatre's Circle Bar every Wednesday, but has moved online due to the coronavirus crisis.

This week we go on a Fairy Hunt with Harrogate Theatre's Beth Knight!


Plans for new mayor still on track for next May

West Yorkshire will still have its own elected mayor by this time next year despite the Covid-19 lockdown, according to new documents.

Leeds City Council’s executive board is set to meet next week to give the green light to the next stage of plans for a devolution deal for West Yorkshire, which could see an extra £38m of government funding a year come into the region.

One of the documents set to be approved next week includes a timeline, which includes a notice of a mayoral election in March 2021, and the election of a mayor by May 2021.

A report from Leeds City Council officers said: 

“The agreement of a devolution deal for West Yorkshire presents a significant opportunity for Leeds and the wider region to use new powers, funding and freedoms to make progress on some of our long-term shared priorities."


Online raffle for NHS

Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity is launching a new online raffle with some fabulous prizes to be won as part of its on-going fundraising efforts.

The proceeds will go towards the Charity’s work to fund specialist equipment, training and services going above and beyond the provision of the NHS to help improve treatment and facilities to benefit patients and their families.

The raffle is now open and members of the public can get involved with the chance of winning some brilliant prizes whilst maintaining social distancing:


Lockdown Limerick

In case you missed it - yesterday was National Limerick Day, and three Coppice Valley Primary students produced a limerick about their school!

Esme, Ava and Katie Robinson had only good things to say about Coppice Valley and are missing being at school during lockdown:


Visiting Airedale Park?


Open Garden event goes virtual

Stone Rings Close in Harrogate usually hold an Open Garden event at the beginning of May, with proceeds from entry fees and sales going to support a variety of local charities.

Due to the coronavirus crisis the event can no longer take place, but thanks to residents of Stone Rings Close the event will now move online!

One of the residents has created an online tour of the beautiful gardens for viewers to tour virtually, with a small donation required to ensure the local charities still receive much-needed funds:



Do NOT burn garden waste

If you're spending time out in the garden whilst in lockdown, be sure to observe fire safety and do NOT burn your waste!

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service are reminding people that garden fires can increase air pollution and could end up wasting the time of your local fire service:


Think carefully before visiting region

As the Government’s new rules come into force, North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan is asking potential visitors from outside the county to think carefully about travelling long distances to North Yorkshire.

The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner says there are justifiable concerns from residents, businesses and organisations about the impact of saying everyone can drive as far as they like to outdoor spaces:


Virtual cooking demo

You may be using spare time during lockdown to learn a new skill... but how about a new dish?

Booths Independent Supermarkets are holding a Virtual Cooking Demo today with Chef Paul, and he'll be whipping up a chicken broth with dumplings!

The demo is set for a 1pm start on Booths Facebook page if you want to cook alongside Paul:


Tennis in Ilkley

Tennis anyone?

With todays changes to lockdown restrictions, you are now permitted to play sports with members of your household.

And Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club have outdoor courts available! Get in touch via email to book yourself in:


Twitter staff to work from home FOREVER

Twitter is to allow staff to work from home "forever" as it adapts to the changes in working caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a blog post to users and employees, the company said that working from home to protect staff from COVID-19 had been a success.

The company will now permanently allow them to work from home, even after the coronavirus lockdown lifts, although they will have the option to return to the office if they prefer.

"If our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen," the company said.

Read the full story here


Changes to government advice


Wellbeing Wednesday

It's that time of the week again...

Harrogate High School's 'Wellbeing Wednesday' aims to keep their students active during lockdown with various video challenges.

This week it's Mr Harvey's turn to set the challenge:


Council thank carers

North Yorkshire County Council have released a video to thank all the carers across the area, with around 60,000 people in the region caring for family and friends as part of everyday life.

The Council is also encouraging carers who look after someone who couldn’t manage without their help to create an emergency plan, so that anyone taking over their care has all the information they need.

NYCC is providing an advice pack, with links to partner organisations and advice on use of personal protective equipment (PPE).


Temple Newsham update


Activity Packs from North Yorkshire Sport

North Yorkshire Sport have started sending out the first of their Activity Packs to those who may need help with their physical and mental health.

The packs contain small learning activities to keep minds active, as well as a poster showing support for the NHS:


Beauty spots as walking destinations?

With the updated lockdown restrictions coming into effect today, we've been told we can now drive to places in order to get some of our daily exercise.

With this in mind, Bradford Council will start a phased re-opening of beauty spot car parks - meaning you can see your favourite local sights whilst getting your daily exercise!

Darwin Gardens in Ilkley will be among the first 16 - read the full list below:


North Yorkshire County Council step up support for care homes

North Yorkshire is stepping up support to stem Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes as it launches a new enhanced service.

North Yorkshire County Council says it is shifting its operations to a broader approach aimed at prevention of outbreaks and, if possible, keeping homes COVID-free, as well as responding to outbreaks. 

The service will involve the council, NHS, Public Health England and the Care Quality Commission, and is set to support the 235 care homes and extra care housing schemes across the county during the global pandemic.

These measures have been open to all care providers but have, inevitably, been focused on the care homes and extra care housing schemes which have outbreaks. 

Read the full story here


Listen up all-new dads and fathers-to-be

A free new app for new dads and fathers-to-be has been launched

Called DadPad®, it's an information pack in digital form developed by dads to help fathers of all ages prepare for family life.

It's to help those who would normally attend parental education classes and midwife appointments.

DadPad® also has details on local support groups and service providers. 


Covid-19, A Message From Visit Harrogate

Visit Harrogate is asking that people not visit or travel to the Harrogate district or the Nidderdale AONB at this time.  

In a statement on its website, it said:

"The official government guidance remains that no one should travel for leisure or tourism, only work and essential activities.  

"You can enjoy exercise from, or close to, your own home but please do not travel far and avoid popular or potentially crowded places such our popular landmarks and places of interest."


New measures underway

Several measures to ease the lockdown across the country have now come into effect.

Among them include an unlimited amount of outdoor exercise and people can now play sports with people from your own household.

Many golf courses will be open from today.....including Skipton Golf Course.

It's taken to Twitter to remind people to follow instructions and to respect the fairways and other players.


Cleaning steps up a gear on our buses

Harrogate Bus Company has been using antiviral fog to clean its buses.

It states thorough cleaning methods have been used before now but this is an additional method to get rid of any bacteria in those hard to reach areas.


More sad news for the travel industry

Travel firm Tui is looking to cut 8,000 roles worldwide - calling Covid-19 the "greatest crisis the industry has faced".

The company, which has its head office in Germany, has posted losses of more than £750m for the first half of the year.