Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 28 May

Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 28 May

Published by May Norman at 8:23am 28th May 2020. (Updated at 5:18pm 28th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Thursday, 28 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):


Up to six people can meet outside in England from Monday 

The Prime Minister says coronavirus tests have been met, meaning he can press on with lifting some lockdown measures.

Up to six people can meet outside in England from Monday.   


185 further deaths in England

185 further coronavirus deaths have been reported in England.

It brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,234.

No further deaths have been reported in the Stray FM area.   

You can read more here.  



Smokers at greater risk

With reports suggesting smokers are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19, giving up is the best thing you can do for your health.

North Yorkshire County Council are providing information and support on quitting, as well as offering up the team of advisors at Living Well Smokefree who can help people give up smoking for good:


Cineworld plans to reopen UK cinemas in July

Cineworld is planning to reopen all of its UK cinemas in July, the chain's bosses have said.

The company said it was anticipating that relevant coronavirus restrictions would be lifted in time, with procedures being prepared to ensure movie-goers will be able to watch films in a "safe and enjoyable way".

Among the first major releases upon Cineworld's return could be Christopher Nolan's action-thriller Tenet, which has refused to budge from its 17 July date, and Disney's remake of Mulan, which was pushed from March to 24 July.

Read the full story here


100 miles fundraising challenge

Yorkshireman Mark Smith is almost halfway through his fundraising challenge of riding 100 miles in one day to raise money for Kidney Care UK. 

Having lost his brother in a cycling accident, Mark decided to take to his exercise bike whilst in lockdown to undertake the mammoth fundraising challenge and has raised over £200 so far!

Check out Mark's JustGiving page for more information:


Marathon in May

Harrogate Grammar School's Maths Faculty are undertaking their 'Marathon in May' challenge of each completing a Marathon to raise money for WasteAid.

The staff have been running and cycling (whilst obviously adhering to social distancing rules!) and have raised over £1000 so far with less than 4 days left to go!

If you want to support the fantastic effort by the HGS Maths team, check out their fundraising page here


Hancock laughs off claims test and trace brought forward

Matt Hancock has warned people could be forced to self-isolate under the new coronavirus test and trace system if they do not follow the rules voluntarily.

The health secretary predicted the "vast majority" will comply with the new strategy to loosen lockdown in England as he laughed off suggestions it was rushed forward to distract from the row over Downing Street aide Dominic Cummings.

He told Sky News' Kay Burley that the suggestion was "priceless". Speaking on the day of the launch of the contact tracing drive, he said:

"We have considered making this mandatory and there are some other countries in which it's mandatory.

"It's an instruction from the NHS and it's very important that you do it, but it's legally not mandated at this stage because we think it's far, far better if as a country we pull together and do this and everybody follows the instructions."

Read the full story here


Significant drop in Harrogate cancer referrals

People in the Harrogate district are being urged to make an appointment with their GP as soon as possible if they are worried about any symptoms that could be cancer.

The plea comes after health professionals have noted a 'significant drop' in cancer referrals during the Coronavirus crisis.

Cancer specialists at Harrogate District Hospital have seen a drop in the number of people being referred to them by GPs for initial urgent appointments, under what is known as two-week referral.

Read the full story here


Campaign to keep roads clear after lockdown

A Facebook campaign is aiming to keep congestion and air pollution levels in Harrogate down after the lockdown is lifted.

'Give Us Space' has been set up to maintain space on the roads for pedestrians, cyclists, and people with mobility scooters.

They're asking people to send in photos of themselves in a place where they need more space using the hashtag #GiveUsSpace.  

The group also want more protected cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings.

Read the full story here


Clean, safe and ready to go

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease over the coming weeks, public transport is set to become more popular again and the Harrogate Bus Company have reassured customers that their buses are clean, safe and ready to go.

Changes to timetables have become quite regular in recent weeks, so be sure to check ahead before you travel:


Harrogate free parking under review

Free parking in Harrogate could be extended to help businesses and customers when high streets reopen following the Coronavirus crisis.

Councils suspended all charges in March to support essential services and key workers during the pandemic – and the move is now being reviewed.

It comes as Independent Harrogate, a pressure group made up of more than 200 businesses, are calling for free parking to be retained indefinitely.

Read the full story here



Be Moor Aware

With another hot day incoming, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service are reminding us all to 'Be Moor Aware' as they look to protect the Yorkshire countryside from fires caused by BBQ's:


Test and trace system 

The test and trace system launches in England today, and is the key that will "unlock the prison" of lockdown, the prime minister has said.

Boris Johnson said the tool "will allow us, gradually, to release 66 million people from the current situation", with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland running their own versions.

Read all about how it will work here


Decision due on which schools will reopen

Headteachers in Harrogate have been left to make the difficult decision of reopening schools from June 1st, after weeks of wrangling between the government and teachers’ unions over coronavirus safety concerns.

Education bosses at North Yorkshire County Council say they will give their “full support” to headteachers with whatever decision they take after the government announced its intention to push ahead with its primary school reopening plan.

While some 50 councils are believed to be ready to defy the government’s instructions, North Yorkshire County Council says parents will be actively encouraged to send their children into school.

Read the full story here