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Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 2 June

Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 2 June

Published by May Norman at 8:46am 2nd June 2020. (Updated at 4:08pm 2nd June 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Tuesday, 2 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):


McDonald's Re-Opens more Drive-thrus

Over the next few days, fast-food chain McDonald's says it will be reopening over 900 drive-thru outlets across the UK.

Some newly-opened sites have seen long queues. This was the scene in Scarborough, from our sister station, Yorkshire Coast Radio:



Advice for train travel

If you're travelling on Northern trains at all at the moment, you're likely to come across this.

Lone travellers are asked to sit by windows.


Rossett School students spreading joy to community

As part of the "Sunshine Smiles" project, plants will be delivered to care homes in Harrogate.

Plant pots have also been decorated as part of the project.

It's hoped care home residents and school students may exchange letters.

Click here for the full story.

Sunshine smiles



Black and Asian ethnic groups up to twice as likely to die with COVID-19

People from black and Asian ethnic groups are up to twice as likely to die with COVID-19 than those from a white British background, according to a Public Health England report.

People of Bangladeshi ethnicity were found to have around twice the risk of death.

Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Other Asian, Caribbean and Other Black ethnicities had between 10 and 50% greater risk of dying.

Click here for the full story.


Two more deaths in Stray FM area

Two more people who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died in the Stray FM area.

They were both patients at Harrogate Hospital.  

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 26,865.

Click here for the full story.


Leeds taxis to have protective screens

Leeds City Council is allowing taxi and private hire drivers to install temporary safety screens in vehicles in response to the Covid-19 emergency.

The council has a very strict policy on the installation of safety screens in private hire and hackney carriage vehicles. The council usually funds 50% of the cost of installing a permanent safety screen, up to £250 per vehicle, but each individual design must be approved before the council will allow them to be fitted.

Leeds City Council operates taxis in Otley and Wetherby

Due to safety concerns for both passengers and drivers during the pandemic, the council has temporarily relaxed this policy, and is now allowing drivers to install their own temporary screens without going through the usual council approval process.

Councillor James Lewis, deputy leader of Leeds City Council, said:

"“We have listened to concerns from taxi and private hire drivers and operators about keeping safe during the coronavirus pandemic and have temporarily changed our policy to reflect this.

Of course it is our preference that each screen is checked and approved by us, but we understand that these are unprecedented times and that there are huge numbers of drivers that need to be given the freedom to act quickly for the safety of themselves and their passengers."

The rules will be tightened again once the emergency is over.


"Touching tribute"

What a lovely performance from a Harrogate-based musician!


County Council: Be ready for parking charges

North Yorkshire County Council are encouraging blue badge users to be ready once penalty notices come in again in September.

Expired badges can be replaced using an online application.


Craven visitors urged to take litter home

Visitors to Craven’s beauty spots are being urged to take their litter home with them after rubbish was left strewn around the district over the weekend.

Some of the worst affected areas included Malham, Stainforth, Burnsall and Grassington. Littering is a criminal offence and people who litter can be fined or face prosecution in court.

Click here to read more about the issues highlighted over the weekend.

Craven District Council says its waste management team has been helping dispose of litter collected by residents where possible. However, anyone wishing to organise a litter-pick is asked to email Craven District Council in advance, for assistance with rubbish bags and collection, at

Councillor Carl Lis, Craven District Council’s Lead Member for Greener Craven, said:

“It is shocking to see how much litter has been left in our beautiful countryside over the weekend.

“We urge people to respect our communities and our land, to think ahead if they are travelling for recreation, and to be prepared to take their rubbish home with them."


Harrogate Neighbours receives royal recognition

A meals on wheels service, which delivers hot food to vulnerable people around Harrogate, has been given the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Harrogate & Ripon Food Angels have been awarded the Queen's Award for their work delivering to vulnerable people in the community throughout the Coronavirus crisis.

The award is the highest form of recognition a voluntary group can receive in the UK, created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. 

Very well deserved!

A volunteer meals on wheels service in the Harrogate district has been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Nurseries struggle under new COVID-19 rules

More than 70% of nurseries in England say they expect to operate at a loss in the next three months - with a warning the industry is on a "knife-edge" because of COVID-19.

New research, shared with Sky News, shows that although nurseries in England have reopened, on average just 35% of children have returned.

For some, the future is bleak, with 4% of nurseries saying that without help from the government they may have to close for good.

Read the full story here


Harrogate College sending good wishes

Lockdown has been particularly tough on the elderly and vulnerable during the Coronavirus crisis, as until yesterday they had been unable to leave their homes.

Together with HELP Harrogate, Harrogate College have been doing their bit to keep in contact with elderly residents and have been sending good wishes to those who have been self-isolating:


Harrogate pub served prohibition notice

A pub landlord in Harrogate, who set up tables and chairs on the roadside for customers to drink take-out beer, has been served a prohibition notice.

Harrogate Borough Council issued the warning to The Coach & Horses, on West Park, Harrogate, on Sunday - after concerns were raised that customers were ignoring social distancing rules.

The council said while pubs are allowed to offer take away food and drink, they are not permitted to operate any kind of beer garden within – or near – their property.

Read the full story here

Beer on tap

North Yorkshire Police urge 'common sense'

North Yorkshire Police have thanked the majority of people across the area who enjoyed last weekend’s weather responsibly, but are appealing to the minority to use common sense and take personal responsibility after officers and other emergency services were called to a number of incidents over the weekend.

Despite a plea to adhere to social distancing rules and lockdown restrictions, over 200 people gathered at Thomason Foss near Beck Hole on the North York Moors.

Superintendent Charlotte Bloxham, North Yorkshire Police’s silver commander for the response to covid-19, said:

“This weekend has seen unprecedented numbers of visitors to local beauty spots and although people were out in numbers, the vast majority of people were acting responsibly and we thank them for their continued efforts.

"Unfortunately it’s a minority causing issues for the majority of law-abiding people."


'Busiest weekend of 2020'

HM Coastguard says it responded to nearly 450 incidents during its "busiest weekend of 2020", as thousands of people across the UK flocked to beaches and beauty spots to enjoy the hot weather.

It warned "coronavirus hasn't gone away", and that "we all need to follow the rules".

On Sunday, it had the highest number of call-outs so far this year, with 241 incidents - a 168% increase on the 2019 May average.

Saturday was its second busiest, with 206 - a total of 447 incidents over the weekend.

Read the full story here

busy scarborough beach

Cheers for volunteers


Harrogate charity thanks 250 volunteer army

At the start of Volunteers' Week, Harrogate Easier Living Project are publicly thanking those who've given up their time to help others through the pandemic.

The charity says they were 'inundated with offers' to volunteer with their frontline services following an appeal they put out at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis.

The ‘Here to HELP’ volunteers have jointly assisted local people struggling with over 1,000 tasks, such as shopping and picking up prescriptions. Ripon based volunteers have also made up and delivered food boxes to those most in need. 

Read more here

Lynne Bagley

Council grateful for volunteers

This week is Volunteers Week, and Harrogate County Council is celebrating the selfless acts of kindness that have made a huge difference to the lives of people in North Yorkshire, including some of the county’s most vulnerable residents, since the outbreak of Covid-19.

More than 1,500 volunteers have been helping thousands of people every week with shopping, collecting prescriptions or just having someone to talk to as part of this network of community support organisations.

There are also countless examples of neighbours looking out for each other and an army of volunteers who have formed groups where they live.

Well done and thank you to all the volunteers across the area!


Citizens Advice helping hundreds

Citizens Advice says it has dealt with hundreds of cases in North Yorkshire since lockdown began, with many people contacting them due to disabilities or issues being exacerbated by the coronavirus restrictions.   

In the Harrogate District , volunteers and staff have helped 393 people with 766, often complex, issues since the lockdown was enforced. 

The Volunteers all had to adapt quickly to working from home when the lockdown was enforced, with the charity quickly sending 'volunteer work packs' and technology to help them cope with the unprecedented demand for their services. 

Edward Pickering, Chief Officer at Citizens Advice Craven & Harrogate Districts said:

"Throughout the year our wonderful volunteers contribute their time and energy, to support and advise people, helping to keep our vital service running. 

"I'm immensely proud of the huge difference our Volunteers have made to the community Craven and Harrogate Districts, not just since the Pandemic struck, but every single day."

Read more here


Skipton High Street to close on market days

Craven District Council, Skipton Town Council and Skipton BID have drawn up plans to reopen Skipton Market from June 10.

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.

Read the full story here

Skipton High Street - Google Maps

Contact tracing is 'key to lift lockdown'

North Yorkshire’s contact tracing operation is key to keeping the coronavirus under control as the lockdown is relaxed, the region’s director of public health has said.

But Dr Lincoln Sargeant also warned that the tracing programme – which aims to alert people who have come into contact with an infected person – will not be enough on its own to contain the disease.

He said without social distancing rules and the regular washing of hands, the system is “unlikely to be as effective as it needs to be.”

Read the full story here

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