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Coronavirus - update: Friday, 15 May

Coronavirus - update: Friday, 15 May

Published by May Norman at 7:00am 15th May 2020. (Updated at 5:24pm 15th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Friday, 15 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):



More than 6,000 food parcels delivered across Bradford district

Bradford Council staff have delivered more than 6,000 food parcels to vulnerable people across the Bradford District since the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis began.

Parcels are currently being delivered from the Broadway Food Hub in Bradford City Centre. As of 8 May, the hub has delivered a total of 6,014 parcels to the doorsteps of Bradford residents in need of food. 

The Broadway Food Hub is the district’s short term response to food need for both shielded and vulnerable individuals.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for healthy people and places, said:

“There have been many hidden heroes in this crisis. I want to thank our Passenger Transport Service drivers, along with all the council staff, community groups and volunteers who have been involved in delivering food to those who are vulnerable in our district. We have seen a fantastic response and a real community effort which shows our district at its best. 

“As lockdown changes are announced, we are working with our partners to develop solutions that will make sure that the most vulnerable people in the district continue to receive the help and support that they need.”

Residents can access support through the council’s contact centre 01274 431000 number.  





Update from Harrogate Hospital

The hospital has given an update on what has been happening there since the coronavirus outbreak.  


Bradford Council urging residents to stay at home 

Ilkley and Keighley residents have been urged to stay at home – despite the Government this week relaxing the conditions of lockdown.

Public health experts today called for people living across Bradford District to observe the strict lockdown for longer – going further than the Government’s current message merely asking people to “stay alert.”

Bradford Council has joined other local authorities across West Yorkshire in encouraging residents to put their own and others’ safety first due to new figures reveal that the “R value” in Yorkshire and the North East is the highest in England.

Bradford’s Director of Public Health, Sarah Muckle said:

“We are determined to take whatever proactive steps we can to protect our community and keep people safe and well, and that includes maintaining our ‘stay home’ focus.

“We were concerned that some people may interpret this week’s gradual relaxing of lockdown measures to think that lives have gone back to normal – but they have not.

“Stay home as much as possible, and stay safe, remains very much the right message for our community right now."


Another death confirmed in Stray FM area

Another coronavirus death has been confirmed in the Stray FM area.

They were a patient at Airedale Hospital.  

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 24,345

You can read more here.  



Road closures and parking information


Ilkley Fringe Festival

There's still time to apply to perform at this year's Ilkley Fringe Festival!

It may be that the Fringe moves to the spring of 2021, or shifts to a purely online festival, but for now they're aiming for the usual dates in October (Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October) and they want you to get involved.

Maybe you’re an established performer, or maybe you’ve never had the time to explore your dream of performing, but if you have time on your hands and an idea you want to bring to an audience (virtual or face-to-face), now’s the time to apply:


Fish and chips Fryday in Skipton

Popular fish and chip restaurant Bizzie Lizzie's are now open on High Street Car Park in Skipton!

Enjoy the British staple this Fryday - but it's walk-ins and cards only:


LNER update

LNER have revealed an update to their services, which will be reservation only from Monday.

If you're travelling between Harrogate, Skipton and London from next week on LNER, you'll need to book a seat before you travel.

The company says the plans will allow them to ensure social distancing is observed on board its trains:


One for the gin lovers


Free holiday for key workers

The Principle Trust Children's Charity have been fundraising to send a key worker and their children on a FREE holiday!

The charity still have some spaces available at their Log Cabin in Gisburne Park, Lancashire, complete with a hot tub...

If you know a key worker who deserves a free break, tell their story via The Principle Trust Children's Charity's social media and they could be enjoying a relaxing break in Lancashire!

If you want to donate to their cause, follow the link:

Gisburn free holiday for key workers

Dozens wrongly charged under lockdown laws

Dozens of people have been wrongly charged by police under new coronavirus laws, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.

It comes as the National Police Chiefs' Council revealed that a total of 14,244 fines for alleged breaches of these laws were issued by forces in England and Wales up to 11 May.


Harrogate Theatre Emergency Appeal

Harrogate Theatre have welcomed 165 new White Rose Members as they continue their Emergency Appeal in a bid to survive the Coronavirus crisis.

The Theatre launched their Emergency Appeal as they hoped to raise £4,000 every week - the sum needed to keep them afloat after so many unavoidable cancellations.

Harrogate Theatre has been facing the very real risk of closure, so have asked people to donate to them by becoming White Rose Members or by giving what they can here.


Activity support packs

North Yorkshire Sport has teamed up with North Yorkshire County Council to distribute 750 packs to key groups of people during the coronavirus outbreak; older adults, families and young people.

The packs are designed to help people improve their physical and mental health, and are being distributed to those most in need in North Yorkshire.

The packs contain practical examples of ways to stay active at home and tailored exercises, along with items to help people take part in physical activity more easily and to maintain positive mental health.


Stop and think

With nice weather expected in some parts and with lockdown restrictions eased, some people may be thinking about travelling to nearby hotspots this weekend.

North Yorkshire Police are urging people to stop and think before travelling to the coastline and to stay safe:


Community unites for weekly clap

Harrogate Bus Company and Vida Healthcare showed their support for the NHS last night as they united for the weekly clap.

Residents, carers and bus staff stood together (but 2 metres apart!) to applaud, with Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' played in the background.

What an atmosphere!


A&E visits plummet

A&E visits have plummeted at the Harrogate and District Trust during the coronavirus crisis, new figures show.

A record low number of emergency visits to hospitals across England were recorded in April as the population stayed away from emergency departments amid the outbreak.

The sharp drop has prompted concern that some people's conditions may have worsened as a fear of infection kept them from seeking care.

NHS England data shows 2,387 A&E attendances were recorded at Harrogate and District NHS Trust last month. That was 36 per cent fewer than in March, and a 54 per cent decrease from in April last year, when there were 5,155.

Read the full story here


Respect local communities

With new government advice stating we can now drive to nearby locations for exercise and recreation, Craven Council have taken to social media to urge tourists to avoid the area.

The plea comes after North Yorkshire Commissioner Julia Mulligan reminded people the county is "not a playground" and to respect local communities to ensure residents are kept safe:


Friday Feeling with Harrogate Scrubbers 

What a great story to kick off your feel-good Friday!

Harrogate Scrubbers John and Jane have celebrated their wedding anniversary the only way they know how - by helping produce another 3 sets of scrubs to be used by health staff at Harrogate Hospital.

The team of volunteers have raised more than £18,000 since the start of lockdown and have made more than 800 sets of scrubs for NHS staff in the fight against Coronavirus:


'Operation Owl'

North Yorkshire Police is leading a virtual day of action to raise awareness of raptor persecution, after worrying signs that incidents of birds of prey being killed or injured could be on rise.

'Operation Owl' has been running since 2018 to highlight bird of prey persecution, and today North Yorkshire Police is joining with other police forces across the country in a virtual day of action to highlight bird of prey persecution.

The initiative set out to raise awareness of raptor persecution, encouraging the public to be vigilant for signs of this criminal activity, and to report suspicious activity to the police.

Read the full story here


Harrogate companies join forces to produce hand sanitiser

25 litres of alcohol-based hand sanitiser have been delivered to NHS workers thanks to two Harrogate district drinks companies.

Nidderdale based Whittaker's Gin and Harrogate brewery, Rooster's, came together to utilise both their equipment and excess products. By extracting alcohol from leftover beer, the firms created hand sanitiser for hospital workers!

The clinical-standard hand sanitiser will be used by the local NHS to protect staff and patients and combat the spread of Covid-19.

Read the full story here


Recycling Centres now open

14 household waste recycling centres across the Harrogate District are now open again - but for essential use only.

Only head along to the centre if you can't store the waste at home!

See the full list here


Birthday surprise from Yorkshire Tea

Birthdays in lockdown are no fun - but Yorkshire Tea are doing their best to cheer up those celebrating their special day at home.

They've dusted off their instruments to put together a brass band to celebrate with people over Zoom!

If you know anyone celebrating a birthday today or are doing so yourself, be sure to get in touch with them and they could be surprising you...


Appeal for funds to produce PPE

Harrogate Grammar School's fantastic work in creating PPE for key workers has not gone unnoticed, with the school producing over 3000 protective visors for local NHS staff.

But the school need help after their production line has been forced to stop due to a worn-out lens on their laser printer!

Their are asking for a small donation to get the lens repaired so that their great work can continue:


Activities for older adults

We've been told about the importance of staying active whilst in lockdown to benefit both our physical and mental health - but what about the older adults self-isolating at home?

North Yorkshire Sport have shared some great home activities that older adults can get involved in to stay active during lockdown:


Bark for the NHS!

Our weekly 'Clap for Carers' has brought us all together during lockdown as we appreciate those working tirelessly to fight the Coronavirus outbreak.

And it's not just humans who are showing their appreciation!

Here's Urban Search and Rescue dog in West Yorkshire Jessie getting in on the act:


Holiday Rocking

What a great way to start the weekend!

Dance Matt is back with some great dance moves to keep your little ones active and entertained throughout lockdown.

Today's dance is one from Dance Matt's past - it's Holiday Rocking:


Covid-19 testing for key workers

Covid-19 testing is available for key workers in Scarborough, Northallerton and Settle today.

If you're a key workers and heading to get yourself tested, be sure to register online first:


Masks on public transport

The latest government advice suggests masks should be worn on all forms of public transport to best prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably and can be as simple as a scarf or bandana.

Don't have one? You can make your own:


New look for Harrogate Buses

Harrogate Bus Company have been working hard to keep key workers moving and get them to where they need to be during the ongoing fight against the Coronavirus.

And now the famous red buses have got a new look with the hope of spreading a feeling of community spirit, as they show what they love about Harrogate:


Community spirit during #ClapforCarers

The weekly 'Clap for Carers' is bringing us all together each Thursday night to thank our NHS and care workers for their work on the front lines during the coronavirus crisis.

And this street in Harrogate have taken it to the next level with a performance to unite everyone further!

Last night Albany Road in Harrogate was treated to this fantastic rendition of 'Lean on me':


Police issue plea to parents

North Yorkshire Police is asking for parents to hammer home the message that children should not gather in groups

They say we’ve come so far - so please ask them who they are with and where they are going.

The force is reminding parents children must not gather in groups of more than two -  and need to observe social distancing rules. 


COVID-19 affects felt for two years

The doctor who treated the first UK patients with coronavirus thinks we'll be living with the disease for up to 2 years. 

Dr Matthias Schmid and his team at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary first dealt with Covid-19 in January.

Read his comments here:


Clap for our healthcare heroes

Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale joined the rest of the UK last night to come together again last night to give a round of applause for frontline workers.

Our appreciation for our healthcare heroes doesn't just stop there - there are so many ways people are paying tribute to those dealing with COVID-19.

Here's another one: 


Schools for a June return

The education secretary's attempting to break the deadlock between the government and teachers over children returning to schools.  

Gavin Williamson says safety must come first, but a phased return is needed to avoid damage. 

He's meeting between government advisors and unions later to discuss his plans for a phased return of pupils next month.

Meanwhile, council leaders are calling for the power to shut schools, if there are local outbreaks of coronavirus. 


Fantastic news!

Another 15 patients have now been successfully treated for coronavirus at Harrogate District Hospital.

Recent figures revealed they've been discharged home within the last seven days.

In total, 97 people have recovered at the hospital.

188 patients have been discharged from Airedale General after overcoming the virus.