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Coronavirus - update: Friday, 22 May

Coronavirus - update: Friday, 22 May

Published by May Norman at 7:48am 22nd May 2020. (Updated at 4:11pm 22nd May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Friday, 22 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):



'Clap for Carers' to end next week? 

The founder of the "Clap For Our Carers" event has suggested ending the celebration next Thursday.

Annemarie Plas says it'll be the tenth time people have taken to the streets to applaud health workers fighting the Covid-19 outbreak.

She thinks it'll be "good to stop it at its peak" - and thinks it should be a yearly gesture instead.


'Think Ahead' this weekend

That’s the message being issued to everyone intending to go out and about in North Yorkshire anywhere over the Bank Holiday weekend. 

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

“There are still limited facilities so clearly handwashing may be limited – equally some places will be busier than others, making social distancing difficult. Together these actions remain some of the most powerful defences we have against this virus. So think ahead to limit the spread!

“If you turn up somewhere and it’s clearly busy, don’t risk it. Have a plan B and even a plan C to ensure you keep away from crowds and protect yourself and your loved ones.”

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director of Public Health in North Yorkshire, said:

“Hundreds of lives have been lost linked to Covid-19 in our area and there is some data that suggests the virus is declining more slowly in some areas than others. That also reflects the national trend – where peaks and plateaus appear at different rates across different counties or urban areas. 

“Overall there is a gradual decline in the number of people in hospital in the area but it would be wrong for anyone to think we are out of the woods. Far from it. If ever there was a moment to take every precaution, it’s now.”


Keighley and Ilkley households to get alcohol advice booklets 

Thousands of households across the Bradford District are set to receive a booklet containing advice and guidance on alcohol consumption during the current coronavirus crisis.

The 16-page booklet, which will drop through the letterboxes of more than 8,000 homes in the coming days, provides information and advice about making healthier choices about alcohol.

It was put together amid concern over increased alcohol misuse during the Covid-19 pandemic with studies indicating that some people are turning to alcohol to handle the stress, anxiety and boredom of lockdown.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby said:

“We know life is not easy for anyone right now. Stressful times can mean people turn to substances such as alcohol more than usual.

“We want to help as many people as possible to make healthier choices about drinking alcohol. We don’t want people to get into drinking habits that could develop into long-term problems.

“I would urge anyone who is trying to stay alcohol free and struggling or is worried that their drinking is increasing to get in touch with New Directions on 01274 296023.”



Jet2 to resume flights and holidays from July

The Leeds Bradford based company says flights and holidays will re-start from July 1st.  

It says it is continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation.  

You can read more here.  


Harrogate Town deliver supplies

Harrogate Town AFC have been doing their bit to help out in the community, delivering much-needed supplies for Resurrected Bites and FareShare.

The football club have been picking up food and supplies in their Community Van before delivering to people in need:


Household waste recycling centres opening times return to normal

Following the successful reopening of 19 of North Yorkshire’s 20 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) earlier this month, the majority of the sites are now reverting to their normal opening hours.

The HWRCs have been open seven days a week, including Wednesdays, when they would normally close, for a temporary period to help clear the backlog of waste that accumulated in people’s homes during the lockdown.

Now, 18 of the sites will revert to their normal opening hours and days of 08:30am to 5pm six days a week and will close on Wednesdays from 27 May.



Children and older adults join trials to find COVID-19 vaccine

Scientists want to recruit more than 10,000 people across the UK - including children and older adults - to take part in the next two phases of clinical trials to find a vaccine for coronavirus.

Work began in January on an inoculation for COVID-19, which uses a virus taken from chimpanzees, developed by the University of Oxford's Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group.

The first phase involved 160 healthy volunteers - aged between 18 and 55 - but now researchers want to expand that further.

Read the full story here


Prince Charles backs remembrance book

Prince Charles has paid tribute to people who have suffered with Coronavirus, and has backed the launch of an online book of remembrance for all those who have lost their lives.

From today, family, friends and carers can access the Remember Me website and add the name and photograph of anyone who has died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Book Appeal

Primary teacher Michelle Parks has been reading stories to over 37,000 children during lockdown, but she urgently needs more books!

If you've got any books suitable for Michelle to read under her guise of 'Veronica Silver', get in touch via Twitter:


Rush to give away Easter eggs after events cancelled

Homes are needed for thousands of chocolate eggs left over after coronavirus forced the cancellation of Easter events, a heritage charity has said.

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) were given more than 30,000 boxed eggs by Cadbury for its egg hunts before the lockdown was imposed.

Around half of the eggs have been donated to hospitals, food banks and community groups around Scotland.

Read the full story here


Couple donate to NHS after cancelled wedding

A couple from Cross Hills who were due to get married on Sunday have put their time and money into helping the NHS during the battle against the Coronavirus.

Terri and Craig were forced to postpone their big day which was due to be this Sunday, so they've made a donation to NHS charities and are running a half marathon past Airedale Hospital before heading back home.

What a fantastic gesture!


How to 'stay alert'

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shared how you can best follow government advice and 'stay alert' during the Coronavirus crisis.

The section of the government website outlines the latest rules and restrictions, including what you can now do but couldn't before:


HIF's lockdown DJ

Harrogate International Festivals have taken their usual entertainment online throughout lockdown, and have now announced an upcoming DJ set from Graeme Park that you can enjoy from home!

Graeme's set will be free to watch online on 6th June followed by an interview - one for your diary!


Stay safe when helping others

Across the UK people are playing their part and providing essential support to their friends and family who are in isolation, but staying safe whilst doing so is massively important to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

North Yorkshire County Council's website includes documents that can help you stay safe whilst helping others:


Portrait of Captain Tom Moore 

A portrait of 100-year-old veteran Tom Moore, who has become a national hero after raising more than £33m for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic, has been gifted to an Army College.

The story of Captain Tom has taken the country by storm and in the last few days he has been put forward by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a knighthood which follows fast in the footsteps of being made an honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

Such was the inspiration of Capt Tom that Harrogate-based artist Neil Arms felt compelled to paint a portrait of him with the NHS rainbow as a backdrop.

Read the full story here


Harrogate Theatre Emergency Appeal

Harrogate Theatre have given an update on their Emergency Appeal, in which they've asked for donations to keep them going throughout the Coronavirus crisis.

The Theatre have revealed they have raised a massive £40,000!


World Cup of Yorkshire

Welcome to Yorkshire's 'World Cup of Yorkshire' is into the quarter finals as they look to crown the best hotel across the region.

The competition is the latest Twitter poll from Welcome to Yorkshire, who have been keeping us all entertained throughout lockdown.

Make sure you vote for your favourite below:  


Elderly residents staying in touch via video calls

During the fight against the coronavirus, staff in care homes across the area have adapted to make sure residents can see the faces of their loved ones despite being in isolation.

Devices to provide video calling are being delivered to the 10 North Yorkshire County Council-run elderly persons’ homes to facilitate video calling, meaning they can see loved ones face-to-face!

Staff at each of the North Yorkshire care homes will be trained in how to use the devices to support residents.


Virtual Canicross Event

With COVID-19 postponing their famous canicross event, North Yorkshire Sport wanted to try and keep spirits up by taking the event online!

The virtual canicross event involves running 5k with your dog, sending the proof to North Yorkshire Sport and you could earn a medal for your efforts!

A great way to stay active in lockdown and maybe grab one of their coveted medals in the process...

Read more about the event here


Time to renew bus pass

It may not be the first thing on your mind at the moment, but now's the time to renew your disabled or older persons bus pass.

North Yorkshire County Council are expecting a lot of applications following the end of lockdown, so get ahead of the crowd:


'NHS' message in Yorkshire skies

A tribute to the NHS has been formed in the skies above the Yorkshire Dales.

A pilot - who works for Hebridean Air Services - spent two hours writing the letters 'NHS' in the sky as a routine maintenance flight was carried out on Wednesday.

The pilot organised his route on a flight plan app before taking off from Leeds Bradford Airport.

Read the full story here


Avoid gatherings this Bank Holiday


More job vacancies despite crisis

There has been a surge in job vacancies in some parts of the UK despite the overall impact on jobs due to the coronavirus crisis, research has shown.

According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the number of job adverts has increased in rural areas such as South Norfolk, Omagh and Moray.

The number of job vacancies in Breckland and South Norfolk in the East of England grew by 8.7% week-on-week between the start and middle of May.

Many areas of Scotland and the North East also saw an increase.

Read the full story here


Cathedrals go blue for NHS

Last night saw the weekly Clap for Carers in which we thank the NHS and other key workers for their hard work during the coronavirus crisis.

And now even cathedrals are getting in on the act, turning blue to honour our carers:


No trains this bank holiday weekend

A reminder before your bank holiday weekend: there will be no direct trains between Leeds and Harrogate until Tuesday!

Trains between Leeds and Carlisle will start from Skipton from Saturday until Monday, because of upgrades to signalling and engineering work at Leeds station.  

Buses will replace trains between Leeds and Horsforth from Saturday until Tuesday.

Read the full story here


Yorkshire Dales to make sweeping cutbacks

Bosses of the Yorkshire Dales National Park say "sweeping cutbacks" will be needed “across the board”- to balance its books following coronavirus and lockdown restrictions.

Lockdown in April alone saw the authority lose £90,000 due to the closure of car parks, and it has been projected with its national park centres and the Dales Countryside Museum having to remain closed for some time due to social distancing issues, its earned income could drop by £737,000.

While councils across England will receive £3.2bn to help them to deal with the immediate impacts of coronavirus, the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has advised national park authorities not to expect a handout and instead make use of the government’s furlough scheme, cut programmes planned for this year and use their reserves.

Read the full story here

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