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Coronavirus - update: Monday, 18 May

Coronavirus - update: Monday, 18 May

Published by May Norman at 8:58am 18th May 2020. (Updated at 4:19pm 18th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Monday, 18 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):



'Vast majority' avoided North Yorkshire tourist spots over weekend 

North Yorkshire County Council says there were only a 'handful' of issues over the weekend relating to people visiting tourist spots in the county.  

It followed widespread calls for people to wait until the county’s attractions and businesses reopen before visiting.

Highways crews and police did report an increase in vehicles in areas like the national parks and more walkers and cyclists exploring the countryside, but the council said it was much less concerning than had been feared.  

Richard Flinton, Chair of North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, said:

“The vast majority of people did the right thing and avoided potentially busy areas. We applaud everyone for that collective effort.

“There were measures in place in some key locations to minimise parking and better facilitate social distancing and these seem to have been largely welcome. Compliance with the public health advice to stay at least 2 metres apart was broadly very good and we are grateful for the public’s continued support.  

"As we head towards a warm Bank Holiday weekend – everyone’s buy-in remains critical to reduce transmission of Covid-19 and save lives."




Skipton Town Hall building work to continue

Craven District Council and contractors Bermar have agreed to continue the £4.5 million Skipton Town Hall development project, with a reduced workforce to ensure safe working.

The decision has been taken following the recent issue of new construction site guidance from the Government.

There are a reduced number of workers in order to enable social distancing, and several measures have been put in place for the safe operation of the site. 

Danielle Daglan, Cultural Services Manager at Craven District Council, said:

“We are committed to safely completing the Town Hall project as soon as possible. 

“Completing this redevelopment is now even more important as it will play an integral part in our overall response to COVID19 recovery, both in terms of contribution to local economy and community wellbeing.

“The completion of the project was due in winter 2020 – this is now unlikely although it is difficult to say exactly when the Town Hall and Museum will reopen as this is an evolving situation. We want to complete the project as quickly and as safely as possible and we will keep everyone updated on our progress.”

The workforce is expected to increase back to 100% as and when restrictions are lifted.


Ripon recycling centre re-opening tomorrow    

Five more centres are re-opening across North Yorkshire.  

But North Yorkshire Council says the Harrogate Stonefall site will remain closed for the time being, because of difficulties managing traffic.  

You can read more here.  


Warning over fraudulent face mask adverts in North Yorkshire

Residents in North Yorkshire are being warned about fraudulent or misleading face mask adverts.

There has been a rise in adverts for masks since government advice that they should be worn in some public places. 

North Yorkshire Council has issued tips to buy face masks safely online.   

You can read more here.  






Two more deaths in Stray FM area 

Two more people who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died in the Stray FM area.  

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

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 24,739.

You can read more here.   


Harrogate mental health charity predicts rise in referrals

A Harrogate charity says it's worried about the impact the lockdown is having on people's mental health. 

Wellspring Therapy and Training offers counselling to children, adults and young people.

The charity has launched a fundraising drive to make sure it will be able to survive the crisis.

They have also released a to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 

You can read more here.  

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 - A Message from the Wellspring Team





More changes to train timetables

Transpennine Express are the latest train company to make changes to their timetable to adhere to social distancing rules and will be running services with limited seating.

TP Express trains will only hold around 15 to 20 people per carriage and have increased the number of services they will be running:


Harrogate Grammar School's "Marathon May"

The Maths Faculty at Harrogate Grammar School have set themselves a lockdown fundraising challenge to raise money for WasteAid - the school's nominated charity for 2020.

The staff have been running and cycling whilst adhering to social distancing rules and so far have raised a fantastic £922!

A special well done to Miss Davies and Mrs Hagan who have both ran their first 10k!

Check out the fundraising page here


Jennyruth Workshops raise over £1000

Jennyruth Workshops in Ripon have revealed their latest fundraising total stands at £1200 as they try to keep up revenue lost during the Coronavirus crisis. 

Members of Jennyruth Workshops, a charity for those with learning disabilities, have been collectively running, walking and jogging towards their target of 600 miles and have so far reached 302.4 miles.

Check out their fundraising page below and donate if you can for a fantastic cause:


More info about LNER trains 

LNER Managing Director David Horne is giving more information on changes that have been made to their services as of today.

To adhere to social distancing rules, travel on LNER trains is now by reservation only, which can be made up to 10 minutes before a service leaves the station:


Harrogate’s greatest dancer

Here's a great way to stay active and to raise money for a fantastic cause - it's Harrogate's Greatest Dancer!

The online dance competition has been started to raise money for Harrogate Theatre who have been struggling throughout the Coronavirus crisis.

Applicants need to just film their 1 minute dance clip, share it on social media and donate to Harrogate Theatre, before guest judge Emily Taylor chooses a winner.

Deadlines for entries is Monday 15th June, with the winner to be announced on Friday 19th June.

Find the JustGiving page here with more details

Harrogates Greatest Dancer competition

Loss of smell and taste added to symptom list

Loss of taste and smell are being added to the official list of symptoms for COVID-19.

Medically known as anosmia, this will now be included in the government's definition of what patients may experience when suffering with coronavirus.

The advice now says people should isolate if they have a new continuous cough, or fever, or anosmia. The symptoms of loss of smell and taste have been reported in many patients for several weeks.

Read the full story here


Famous faces unite for Mental Health Minute

We are one of the hundreds of stations who have just broadcasted the #MentalHealthMinute. It has a very important message, that be it through uniting in applause on a Thursday night, or simply by listening to the radio... we're all connected and you are not alone.

Watch the video below as several familiar faces unite for the Mental Health Minute 2020:


Keep your workplace safe

With more people set to return to work, it's important for employers to make sure the workplace is a safe environment.

The Department of Health have released five steps that businesses can follow to do just that:


White Hart Hotel recognised for supporting NHS staff

After their fantastic work in supporting the construction of the NHS Nightingale last month, the White Hart Hotel in Harrogate have received a letter of thanks from the hospital's Chief Executive Steve Russell who has said that they are now 'part of history.'

Simon Cotton, the Managing Director at the White Hart, has proudly shared the letter via social media and has said he is both 'proud and humbled' at the work both he and his staff have done:


Spare jigsaw?

Disability Action Yorkshire have been appealing for jigsaws throughout lockdown and have had a good response - but they still need more!

If you live in the Harrogate area and have a spare jigsaw that you'd be willing to donate, Disability Action Yorkshire would be happy to take it off your hands and give it to someone in the community who may be struggling at this current time.


Mental Health Webinar

If you're concerned about your own or someone else's mental health during lockdown, North Yorkshire Sport's 'My Mind Matters' mental health webinar is set to take place tomorrow.

Kicking off at 7:30pm, the webinar explores the link between physical activity and your mental health, featuring panel members with lived experience of mental health issues along with professionals who support people with mental health.

Tickets are FREE but need to be booked in advance here


Mental Health Awareness Week

Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, which focuses on pushing for wider community support for people severely affected by mental illness.

If you or someone you know it struggling during lockdown, there are some small things you can do to stay connected and give them they support they may need.

Check out some of these small activities from Airedale Hospital on how you can stay connected:


LNER trains reservation only

LNER are doing their bit to stick to social distancing guidelines and from 11am today their trains will be reservation only.

If you do need to use LNER trains to travel to work, be sure to reserve your seat in advance:


Ilkley tip to reopen today

The Golden Butts Waste Recycling Centre in Ilkley is opening today for the first time following its closure due to the Coronavirus crisis.

The waste recycling centre at Golden Butts is the latest across the district to reopen and follows pressure from Ilkley MP Robbie Moore and district councillors, who voiced their frustrations the site remained closed while others across the district reopened.

Read the full story here



YouTube wellbeing channel for mental health

A woman from Goldsborough has set up a wellbeing YouTube channel to help people with mental health difficulties during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Lisa Duffield runs a wellbeing and mental health centre in Harrogate, but is unable to see people face-to-face at the moment. So she set up the YouTube channel to help people suffering from mental health issues during the lockdown.    

The channel covers wellbeing, mindfulness, coping strategies, positive thinking, and guided meditation.

Read the full story here


Eight people caught wild camping in Yorkshire Dales

A group of people found camping in the Yorkshire Dales were fined for breaking current coronavirus lockdown restrictions on Friday night, after they were discovered near Surrender Bridge.

Police in the Yorkshire Dales were forced to issued the group of wild campers with Covid-19 fixed penalty notices, with a local resident reporting that five tents had been pitched and a fire had been lit close to the ruins.

Read the full story here


Mental Health Minute 2020

Stray FM will join radio stations across the UK for a special message to raise awareness of mental health issues today.

The Mental Health Minute will be broadcast at 10.59am today (Monday 18th May) and will include some famous voices.

Last year it reached more than 20 million people and featured The Duke of Cambridge among others.

Read the full story here