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Coronavirus - update: Friday, 29 May

Coronavirus - update: Friday, 29 May

Published by May Norman at 7:04am 29th May 2020. (Updated at 5:04pm 29th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Friday, 29 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):


Traffic wardens returning in Ilkley and Keighley

Bus lane fines and parking tickets will be issued again in Bradford from Monday, after being eased during lockdown.

Bradford Council has announced that after no enforcement during lockdown, bus lane enforcement will begin again from June 1st, and traffic wardens will once again be issuing fines to people parking illegally.

Parking charges will soon be returning - but Council leaders have agreed to continue to allow health and social care workers to park free of charge.


126 fines issued in North Yorkshire over two weeks in May

126 fines have been issued by North Yorkshire Police over a two week period in May.

They were issued by officers between 13th May - when the restrictions were eased -  and 27th May.  

Most fines have been issued for restrictions on gathering.  

You can read more here.  


Plans to reopen Skipton Market

Plans are being drawn up to reopen Skipton Market from June 10th.

The plans include the closure of the High Street to traffic on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays to allow safe social distancing. 

Businesses and market traders are being asked to share their thoughts regarding road closures and the reopening of the High Street for the market and non-essential shops. 

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council, said:

“We know many traders are keen to get back to work as soon as it is safe for them to do so, and we believe these plans will help boost the local economy while keeping customers and workers safe.

“However we are contacting High Street businesses and asking them to share their thoughts over the road closures, so that we can seek to resolve any issues.” 



Free parking extended for key workers in Bradford district 

Council leaders have agreed to continue to allow health and social care workers to park free of charge in the Bradford district. 

The workers who will benefit are health and social care workers, people working for the NHS and Covid-19 volunteers. This includes people who work in care homes and home care workers.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw said:

“By continuing to provide free parking we are supporting the critical role played by NHS workers and carers and enable them to continue to provide essential services to our most vulnerable residents."

More information can be found here.   


Bradford Council facing £55m deficit

Bradford Council is warning it may face a deficit of around £55 million by the end of the financial year because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

The Council says there's been a huge reduction in income from parking tickets and leisure centres in places like Keighley and Ilkley - and it's also been spending more on PPE and food for vulnerable residents.

Bradford has been awarded £30.5 million from the Government so far. However, the Council says the total financial impacts of Covid-19 on Council finances by the end of July are likely to be £39 million.

Read the full story here


Bradford Council to launch new Web Portal

Bradford Council is launching a new web portal, due to go live next week, to give the public and local organisations the chance to suggest new ways to get moving while tackling Covid-19.

People will be able to visit the Council’s website to log details of new easy and practical measures they believe will encourage cycling and walking and reduce overloading public transport.

The final measures will be designed to help the public and local communities get around the city while complying with social distancing guidelines that could remain in place for some time.

Commenting on the plans, Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said:

“When the restrictions are relaxed further, we need to be ready. We need to think differently and take appropriate measures to allow people to get about safely and allow our thriving district centres to come alive again. That’s why these measures are so important."


Issues with 'Test and Trace'

Contact tracers say they are still encountering technical difficulties and other problems, including delayed pay, on the second day of the track and trace scheme.

The government's coronavirus programme launched on Thursday but was immediately hit by IT problems.

NHS workers in the scheme reported being unable to log into the new website, with staff saying they received a message saying a "critical incident" has been reported with the system designed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read the full story here


Mobile testing units

Mobile testing units will be available at Northallerton and Whitby among other locations in the coming days.

If you're looking to get a test for Covid-19 then check out locations beforehand and be sure to book an appointment:


The end of #ClapforCarers?

Last night marked the 10th week of #ClapforCarers in which people join their neighbours in a weekly round of applause to celebrate our fantastic NHS and key workers.

But founder Annemarie Plas has said the 10th week of clapping would be a good time for it to end and for it to instead become an annual event.

So is this the end of the weekly clap?


Volunteers week

"We need you now more than ever” is the message from North Yorkshire’s Chairman, Cllr Jim Clark, ahead of Volunteers Week next week.

From 1st-7th June, people from across the county will be offering their time, help and expertise to make the lives of other, often more vulnerable, people better.

In the past year, almost 6,000 people registered as volunteers in North Yorkshire in such areas as countryside services, youth justice, libraries, as school governors and many more besides.

If you'd like to get involved, read more here from North Yorkshire County Council


Fraudsters using virus-related scams

Fraud victims have lost more than £4.6m to coronavirus-related scams during the lockdown.

More than 2,000 victims lost cash through fake online goods sales, bogus cold-calls, non-existent pension plans and other frauds, whilst another 11,206 people claim to have been victims of email (phishing) and text (smishing) attempts to trick them into giving out personal details.

Since the lockdown police forces have warned about many scams cashing in on the coronavirus pandemic, including the sale of fake or non-existent face masks, virus cures and treatments and testing kits.

Read the full story here


Only travel if necessary

LNER have shared a message from one of their staff members as they reiterate the importance of safety and wellbeing for their customers.

The train company recently made changes to their timetables and are only allowing travel for those who book in advance to allow for social distancing measures.

Remember to only travel if absolutely essential, whilst practising social distancing during your journey:


Harrogate SOP receive sanitiser donation

Harrogate Supporting Older People (SOP) have been helping the elderly and vulnerable throughout the Coronavirus crisis by providing essential items, and their great work has been recognised by the team at P&G.

They've donated a bumper supply of hand sanitiser to the Harrogate SOP team to keep their volunteers safe whilst they help others:


Covid-19: Harrogate's Heroes

One Harrogate family have created a moving and heartfelt video to document our time in lockdown and to thank the heroes that have worked tirelessly throughout the Coronavirus crisis.

The Hodgkiss family's video tells how the town and life in general has changed so dramatically in response to the global pandemic, all through the innocent eyes of a child:  


RHS Harlow Carr set to reopen

RHS Harlow Carr have set a date to reopen following the Coronavirus crisis based on the latest government advice.

The gardens are set to reopen from Monday 1st June from 10am – 4pm, subject to pre-booking.

Be sure to book in advance if you plan on visiting and remember to bring your booking confirmation with you to show at the visitor entrance:


Fire service urge 'safe' parking

With a hot weekend ahead, if you're planning on driving to nearby hotspots for daily exercise then please think about where you park.

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service have reported trouble accessing some roads due to unsafe parking, leaving key roads partially blocked and preventing them carrying out their work:


Countryside Code

With lockdown restrictions beginning to ease and hot weather becoming more regular, locals and tourists visiting the region are being reminded to abide by the 'Countryside Code' to ensure the area is respected.

That includes avoiding BBQ's or fires across the Yorkshire Dales countryside and taking your litter with you:


Harrogate Theatre overwhelmed by support

Harrogate Theatre's Emergency Appeal has been widely supported across the area since the beginning of lockdown, and they've been overwhelmed by the events taking place to help them fundraise.

Local children's entertainer Matt Pullan danced continuously for TWELVE hours to raise money for their Emergency Appeal, smashing his £500 target, whilst the fantastic team at Upstage Academy have launched their own Harrogate's Greatest Dancer competition.

Great work from all involved!


Virtual fun at Harewood House


Well done Mark!

We've been bringing you updates from Mark Smith's fundraising challenge as he attempted to cycle 100 miles (160.0km) in just one day to raise money for Kidney Care UK - and he's done it!

Mark completed the feat over two sessions (due to a battery issue!) yesterday and has raised over £300 for the charity in the process.

Check out his fundraising page here 


Knaresborough family running to raise money for foodbank

A family from Knaresborough has been running laps of the town to raise money for Harrogate District Foodbank during the Coronavirus crisis.

Steven and Catherine Morland, along with their three boys - Luke (20), Elliott (17), and Isaac (12) - took it in turns to run laps around Knaresborough over a 24 hour period earlier this week. They ran 135 miles in total, taking only short breaks for sleep and food.   

They have raised more than £2,800 so far. 

Read the full story here


How many people have recovered from Covid-19?

Health bosses at Harrogate District Hospital continue to share the news of how many patients have recovered from coronavirus and been discharged.

As of yesterday (29th May), 109 people have left the hospital and returned back home since the outbreak.

Hospital bosses continue to praise doctors, nurses and all frontline healthcare workers for their hard work and dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full story here