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Coronavirus - update: Friday, 5 June

Coronavirus - update: Friday, 5 June

Published by May Norman at 8:05am 5th June 2020. (Updated at 5:44pm 5th June 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Friday, 5 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):


Further North Yorkshire County Council meetings taking place

A video conference has taken place looking at the test and trace programme.


Daily coronavirus press conference starting now

You can watch it, via the link below.


National Rail app to help with social distancing

With transport services now taking passengers, an app will let people know if the train route is set to be busy or quiet.


Harrogate businesses told of help they can recieve

Financial help is available for those affected during this pandemic. 


Volunteers helping check on shielded individuals thanked

North Yorks Prepared have said a big thank you to people who have helped over the last two and a half months.



North Yorkshire Council helping with system for local businesses

During these uncertain times, local businesses really need our support and North Yorkshire Council are showing a system they have in place to help.


Two more deaths in Stray FM area

Another two people who tested positive for the Covid-19 have died in the Stray FM area.

We have more details here


Number of online enrolments in North Yorkshire revealed

SInce the start of lockdown, over 500 new courses have been enrolled on across the county.


Craven Council reminds us to respect the land

With another weekend on the horizon, some may be planning a trip to the countryside, Craven Council have sent this reminder to us all.


Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden open from Monday

Anyone wanting to visit is being told to book online.


Mother Shipton's Cave to reopen to the public

After closing due to the pandemic, the attraction will be able to welcome members of the public from next Saturday.


The UK currently has the second highest coronavirus infection rate of any major European country

Only Sweden, which decided not to impose a lockdown, has a higher rate of infection.

In the last week of May, there were 236 newly confirmed cases per million population in the UK.

Read more here


Carers Week

North Yorkshire will be celebrating Carers Week next week (8-14 June) and throwing a spotlight on the work and love and commitment of the 60,000 people across North Yorkshire – one in ten of us - who are carers for family members or friends.

The work of those who provide care as part of their everyday lives has been more critical than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic with many providing more care than they have ever done before:


Last chance to enter

There's not long left to enter for virtual balloon race for your chance to win £100!

The competition in the lead up to the (virtual) Knaresborough Bed Race starts at 12pm today, ending on 13th June. Whoever sees their balloon travel the furthest is the winner!


Coronavirus figures more than halved


'Number spoofing'

North Yorkshire Police is issuing advice to local communities after it received reports of fraudsters targeting individuals using a so-called ‘number spoofing’ scam.

This scam will make it appear that the phone number you are being called from is that of your bank, building society or the police but is in fact scammers who will use this method to obtain your personal details.

Fraud attempts have been on the increase since the start of the Coronavirus crisis, with some trying to exploit the government's 'Test and Trace' scheme to steal personal information.

Read the full story here

Lady holding iPhone



Volunteers' Week 2020

As Volunteers Week draws to a close, Harrogate Hospital have shared the musical work of Fiona Dowson, who volunteers to play music for the patients at the hospital.

Fiona, like so many others across the area throughout the Coronavirus crisis, has been giving up her free time to volunteer and help others:


NYCC bid to encourage walking and cycling

North Yorkshire County Council are submitting a bid to the government for measures to encourage more walking and cycling, in order to help people maintain social distancing and to ease pressure on public transport.

North Yorkshire County Council has been allocated £1.3m from the Government’s £225m emergency active travel fund to support walking and cycling as part of the national recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read more below:


Banging the drum for the NHS

Harrogate music student George Farrar wrote a song back in February simply to thank his mum for all her hard work within the NHS and now, featuring 45 musicians from around the World, it's hoped the tune can help raise funds for charity.

George's composer friend Dan Mizen was the one who suggested getting in touch with various musically-minded contacts from around the World and involve them all on "That Don't Mean We Need To Cry."

George is now hoping to release the song on Spotify and iTunes in a bid to raise funds for charity and push the message of hope to even further.

Read the full story here


Harrogate pub facing license review

Harrogate Borough Council is reviewing the licence of the Coach and Horses pub on West Park after it broke coronavirus regulations.

The pub was served a prohibition notice after setting up tables and chairs for customers.

Action was taken jointly by the borough council and North Yorkshire Police after the pub had continued to trade in breach of coronavirus laws.

Advice was given to three pubs in Harrogate town centre over the weekend after concerns were received by the council’s enforcement team.

Read the full story here


Dales 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.

Craven District Council’s waste management team has been helping dispose of litter collected by residents where possible.

Read the full story here


Captain Tom Moore's motorbike found by Bradford museum

Staff at a Bradford museum have discovered that one of the motorbikes in their collection was once ridden by national treasure Captain Tom Moore.

Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries Service have realised that the Scott Flying Squirrel motorbike at Bradford Industrial Museum was one used by Keighley born Captain Tom – who once rode competitively.

The bike, with the registration number DN3612, was ridden by Captain Tom using the number 23 and can be seen in a photograph of him sitting astride the machine clutching several hard won trophies. It is thought the photograph is from the late 1950s.

Read the full story here

Tom Moore on bike

Latest recovery figures revealed

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

As of Thursday (5 June), 118 people have left the hospital and returned back home since the outbreak - that's an additional 9 patients who've overcome COVID-19 in the last week alone.

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

Harrogate hospital