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Coronavirus - update: Monday, 1 June

Coronavirus - update: Monday, 1 June

Published by May Norman at 9:09am 1st June 2020. (Updated at 4:53pm 1st June 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Monday, 1 June

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):


Disadvantaged pupils in Keighley and Ilkley to get laptops for online lessons 

Hundreds of children from disadvantaged backgrounds across the Bradford district are to receive free laptops and tablets to help them with homeschooling during the Covid-19 lockdown.  

Bradford Council has more than 2,151 computers to distribute to children to support them learning from home while schools remain closed to most pupils because of the pandemic.    

Councillor Imran Khan, portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said:

“It is good news that we are able to get this vital equipment for children who really need it.

“Lockdown has highlighted digital inequality. Many of our most disadvantaged children normally rely on schools and libraries to access the internet. With these closed, they are struggling to get online.

“Distance learning should be accessible to all pupils while their schools are closed, regardless of their background."



108 more deaths in England

A further 108 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,722.

No further deaths have been reported in the Stray FM area in the last 24 hours.  

You can read more here.  



Harrogate pub served prohibition notice

The Coach & Horses pub in Harrogate has been served a prohibition notice by the council.  

It's after tables and chairs were set up on the roadside for customers on Sunday.  

Pubs are allowed to offer take away food and drink but not offer any kind of beer garden.  

You can read more here.  





How are schools staying safe?

With schools across the county reopening for a select group of students, what measures are they putting into place to keep children safe?

Matthew Kelly, Headteacher at North Yorkshire school Hutton Rudby, has said their focus is on the 'health and wellbeing' of children who will need to "learn how to get used to school again":


Artwork honours Captain Tom Moore

A Keighley based sculptor has used 50,000 nails to create a piece of artwork to honour NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore.

It took Marcus Levine two weeks to craft the piece, which is being auctioned for charity.

The artist wanted to recognised the fundraising efforts of the war veteran, who raised more than £32m for NHS charities by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April.

Read the full story here


Housebuilder to pay deposit for NHS workers

What a fantastic gesture!

To say thank you to all NHS employees working hard to look after people during the COVID-19 crisis, Barratt Developments Yorkshire East has launched a new NHS Deposit Contribution Scheme, giving a 5 per cent deposit to help them buy a new home.

The scheme is a way of offering a heartfelt thank you to the country’s 1.5m NHS workers who will now be able to receive up to £15,000 towards buying any new Barratt or David Wilson home.

Read the full story here


North Yorkshire leaders to give update

Leaders in North Yorkshire will be giving their latest response to the coronavirus pandemic today (2 June), detailing the work they're doing to keep the county safe.

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan will lead the live update and will be joined by:

  • Chief Constable Lisa Winward – North Yorkshire Police
  • Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie – North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Members of the public are invited to watch the meeting from 1.00pm on YouTube and submit questions in advance by emailing info@northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk, posting on Twitter using the hashtag #NYscrutiny or commenting on Facebook.


Household waste recycling centre

The majority of household waste recycling centres across the area have reverted to their normal opening hours.

If you have waste that cannot be stored at home, the centres will be open 8:30am-5pm as usual:


Himalayan Gardens and Sculpture Park to reopen

Visitors will be able to go to the Himalayan Gardens and Sculpture Park from Tuesday 2nd June.

Bosses at Yorkshire's award-winning gardens have stressed there will be social distancing rules in place:


Hundreds break social distancing rules

Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale enjoyed a weekend of high temperatures with hundreds of people out in the sunshine - with many breaking Coronavirus restrictions.

Despite police urging the public to follow current advice ahead of the loosening of restrictions, many flouted the rules descending on some of the district's beauty spots.

Crowds gathered on the banks of the River Wharfe in Ilkley, whilst dozens of fines were handed to drivers parked illegally around Craven. 

Read the full story and see the pictures here


Changes to lockdown rules

As of today (1st June) lockdown restrictions will be further eased to allow people across the UK to spend more time outdoors.

News rules outlined by the Prime Minister state that extremely vulnerable people who have been “shielding” in England will now be able to leave their homes.

Read the new social distancing rules and guidance here


Volunteer Week 2020

It's Volunteer Week 2020 and volunteering is more important than ever.

Harrogate Hospital have taken the time to thank all the support staff who have volunteered their time to help the NHS in the fight against Covid-19 and throughout the year:


Lockdown dress up comes to a close

One family are hanging up their sparkly outfits after dressing up EVERY NIGHT during lockdown to raise money for Airedale Hospital.

After going on Safari, walking the red carpet, posing as pop stars and celebrating Christmas, Eleanor, Benjamin and Alexander have raised over £3,300 for Airedale Hospital before deciding to bring the fundraising effort to a close as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Check out their fundraising page here for all the pictures and to donate if you wish!


Can't stop the feeling!

What a way to start the week!

One Harrogate school can't stop the feeling of excitement as they welcome back some of their students following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Staff at Brackenfield School have put together the following video to share some joy and put a few smiles on faces to the tune of Justin Timberlake's 2016 hit:


Feva Festival cancelled

Organisers of Knaresborough’s feva festival have confirmed that this summer’s event has been cancelled.

The 10-day annual Festival was scheduled to be held from 14 to 23 August 2020.

Lucy Barrow, chair of the feva organising committee, said:

“We are very disappointed to be announcing this news.

“We firmly intend to be back in 2021 with a bigger and better feva Festival."

Read the full story here