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Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 20 May

Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 20 May

Published by May Norman at 5:39am 20th May 2020. (Updated at 3:14pm 20th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Wednesday, 20 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):


Three more deaths in Stray FM area

Three more coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in the Stray FM area.  

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 25,079.

You can read more here.  



North Yorkshire schools update


Fish and chips for Skipton school

Staff at schools across the country have continued to work throughout the Coronavirus crisis as they teach the children of key workers - and one Skipton school has been treated to a fish and chip lunch as a thank you!

Greatwood Primary School received lunch from Bizzie Lizzie's for their 8 staff and 20 key worker children:


Join the Movement campaign

Looking for a way to stay active whilst in lockdown?

Join the Movement is Sport England's brand new campaign, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.  

Check out some activities you can do at home via the link below:


Make your own PPE

With Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in short supply, you can make your own cloth face covering for times you'll be leaving the house.

Check out this homemade mask guide from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson:


'Be responsible' plea

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to be responsible over the Bank Holiday weekend, after fire engines were unable to pass down some country lanes last weekend due to inconsiderate parking.

Read the full story here


ICYMI: Covid-19 symptoms updated

Loss of taste and smell were officially added to the list of symptoms for COVID-19 this week, with the condition know medically as 'anosmia.'

Government advice now says people should isolate if they have a new continuous cough, or fever, or anosmia:


100 mile cycling challenge

One man has challenged himself to cycle 100 miles in one day to raise money for Kidney Care UK.

Mark Smith had not been on a bike since he lost his brother, who was killed when out cycling, but has set himself the fundraising challenge of riding 100 miles in a single day.

If you want to support Mark and give to a very worthwhile cause, you can do so at his fundraising page below:


Warning over 'rusty' drivers

Police are warning "rusty" drivers to slow down via their 'slow down, save lives' campaign, as the amount of traffic on North Yorkshire’s roads increases.

The recent relaxation of some lockdown measures has meant more vehicles on the road, along withe more pedestrians and cyclists, but police have noticed that many motorists are out of practice having not using their vehicles for weeks.

It has prompted North Yorkshire emergency services and local authorities to share a joint message to motorists as part of a national campaign.

Read the full story here


Circle story time

As their usual Circle Bar Story Time can no longer go ahead in person, Harrogate Theatre have taken to YouTube to keep our kids entertained throughout lockdown!

Harrogate Theatre Story Circle usually takes place in Harrogate Theatre's Circle Bar every Wednesday and is aimed at under 5's. 

This week's story of 'Pirates' comes from Niki Alderson... 


Fire service to support Yorkshire Ambulance

Staff from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) have stepped up to assist communities and support partners at Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) by attending the homes of people who have fallen and are not injured.

Volunteers from the Fire Service, who have been appropriately trained, will be using inflatable lifting equipment to help patients who simply require some assistance in getting back on their feet.

Great to see our blue light services combining!


Hickory Dickory Dock

A short film has been produced to raise awareness of how elderly people are being affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The video titled 'Hickory Dickory Dock' was made by producer Natasha Marburger, highlighting the work done by charity Supporting Older People (SOP) - which works with elderly people in the Harrogate and Knaresborough district.

The film is a short love story, which tells the story of two characters - one of which is a man who dies from coronavirus:


Effects of alcohol in lockdown could last a generation

The effects of Britons drinking more alcohol during the COVID-19 lockdown could be seen for a generation, experts have warned.

As part of the nation's recovery from the pandemic, tackling harm caused by alcohol is "integral", said Baroness Ilora Finley, chairwoman of the Commission on Alcohol Harms, and Ian Gilmore, chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance.

Alcohol sales were up by 67% before the UK went into lockdown, with many drinking at home in isolation, according to their joint editorial published in The BMJ.

Read the full story here


Mother Shipton's Cave works declared essential

An investigation into alleged planning breaches at Mother Shipton's Cave in Knaresborough has found the works are permissible, after Knaresborough residents and a town councillor had raised concerns over what they described as “obtrusive” and “major excavation” works.

But a visit from planning officers found the works do not require planning permission.

A spokesman for Harrogate Borough Council said:

“We found the works being carried out are repairs and maintenance required as a consequence of bad weather and flooding earlier this year."

Read the full story here


Harrogate Theatre Emergency Appeal update

Harrogate Theatre's Emergency Appeal was started towards the end of March to raise the funds needed to keep the theatre open, and they've just received their 1000th donation!

The theatre has been reliant on donations due to unavoidable cancellations as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and still need as much support as possible:


Inflation plunges to lockdown low

The rate of inflation has plunged to its lowest level since August 2016 as the coronavirus crisis lockdown drove violent shifts in prices for consumers.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell to 0.8% in April - down from 1.5% in March when efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 began in earnest.

The decline was mainly driven by falling energy and fuel costs, the report said, with the cost of unleaded recording its largest monthly slump on record as global oil prices crashed.

Read the full story here


World Cup of Yorkshire

Welcome to Yorkshire's 'World Cup of Yorkshire' has been keeping us entertained throughout lockdown, and today their latest competition focuses on hotels across the region.

Get voting for your favourite via Twitter from the final 32:


'Thank you' from Birstwith School

Pupils and parents at a Harrogate school have penned a poem to thank their teachers for their inspiring lockdown learning.

To show their appreciation, parents and pupils at BGS have joined together to create a colourful poem to say thanks to their teachers – and to send a thank you message to the NHS and key workers across the UK.

Releasing their poem on national ‘Thank A Teacher Day’, the children at independent Belmont Grosvenor School have also thanked the NHS and key workers who are working on the front-line during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read the full story here


Website for family issues

North Yorkshire County Council have recognised the strains families are facing during lockdown and have shared a website that may be able to help.

The 'Relationship Matters' website contains blogs, advice and tips for helping your relationships stay healthy during the pandemic.


Colonel Tom reacts to knighthood

Following the news that Colonel Tom Moore is to be knighted, the man himself has called it a 'great honour'.

The Second World War veteran completed 100 laps of his garden to raise around £33m for the NHS, and now Downing Street says it recommended for the Yorkshireman to be exceptionally honoured by the Queen.


Harrogate Scrubbers

Harrogate Scrubbers are approaching their target of 2037 sets of scrubs for Harrogate Hospital as they continue to support our front-line workers through the coronavirus crisis.

The group have been sewing much-needed scrubs for health workers following a national shortage, and have raised almost £19,000 in the process.

Keep up the good work Scrubbers!


Leeds City Council latest to break from government school plans

Leeds City Council has said it will leave the decision of whether to restart lessons to individual schools, adding they will ‘not expect every school to open from day one’ as lockdown measures ease.

Earlier this month, the government declared Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils could return to school from June 1st at the earliest, along with the children of key workers and vulnerable people, who had already been attending school.

Leeds City Council’s portfolio holder for learning Coun Jonathan Pryor claimed any reintroduction of lessons to primary school children should be done in a way that ‘minimises’ the risk of Covid-19 infection to staff, pupils and parents.

Read the full story here



It's another day in lockdown and advice from the health experts remains the same when it comes to preventing the spread of Covid-19.

NHS Doctor for Bradford and Craven Dr John Wright has taken to Twitter to address the people of Bradford and is urging us all to stick to the guidelines and keep washing hands, keep maintaining social distance and stay at home wherever possible:


Clean, Safe and Ready to Go

Harrogate Bus Company have revealed their 'Clean, Safe and Ready to Go' ‪message via YouTube to showcase their hard work in keeping their buses safe for customers throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

The video follows their cleaning and safety regimes throughout each day, out in bus stations and behind the scenes too:


Covid-19 testing for key workers

Priority Covid-19 testing for key workers will be available at military run mobile units in Settle, Scarborough and Drax in the next few days.

If you're a key worker and looking to go along, be sure to register online beforehand:


Passthemic project

Actors including Julia Roberts, Hugh Jackman and Millie Bobby Brown are all taking part in the #passthemic project, which aims to highlight the need for a global response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The stars will be handing over their social media accounts, along with their numerous followers, to experts and frontline workers from across the globe.

The initiative from the ONE Campaign, which fights to end extreme poverty and preventable disease around the world, will start later this week.


Stay Safe, Stay Alert

The message of Stay Safe, Stay Alert, has been reiterated by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

It says we all need to continue playing our part in helping to reduce the number of cases and better still the number of deaths.


Rise Sir Tom!

Colonel Tom Moore, who's raised around £33m for the NHS, is to be knighted.

The Second World War veteran completed 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

Downing Street says it recommended for the Yorkshireman to be exceptionally honoured by the Queen, and that's now been approved.

Best news EVER!


Reopening school decision splits local councils

Schools leaders in Ilkley, Addingham and Burley-in-Wharfedale will decide if and when they reopen.

It's after Bradford Council said it has 'no intention' of ordering the District’s schools to open on June 1.

Councillors have said keeping pupils, staff and their families safe is its top priority.

However, North Yorkshire County Council is supporting government proposals to reopen classrooms next month, saying schools in the region will undergo a rigorous risk assessment before they welcome back students.


Be Kind

On Mental Health Awareness Week, we're being urged to be KIND.

It's a message echoed by those in the Yorkshire Dales.