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Coronavirus - update: Monday, 8 June

Coronavirus - update: Monday, 8 June

Published by May Norman at 9:34am 8th June 2020. (Updated at 5:36pm 8th June 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Monday, 8 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):



Jet2 resuming flights and holidays from July 15th

The Leeds Bradford based company says flights and holidays will re-start on July 15th. 

They had previously been scheduled to re-start on July 1st, but the date has been pushed back.


Safer streets consultation in Bradford district

Keighley and Ilkley residents are being asked what can be done to make it easier to walk and cycle in the Bradford District.

The Government recently made over £12 million available to West Yorkshire authorities to implement new “active travel” schemes. The hope is these schemes will allow people to cycle or walk more, and reduce pressure on public transport – services that will see a big drop in capacity due to social distancing measures.

A new consultation has been launched where the public can use an online map to suggest specific changes.

To take part in the consultation click here.  


Businesses in Keighley and Ilkley urged to check latest Covid-19 guidance before reopening 

Bradford Council is asking local businesses to carefully check and act on the latest government Covid-19 guidance before reopening later this month.  

The government has announced that non-essential retail businesses will be allowed to reopen on Monday 15 June, but only if it is safe to do so and when they have been made Covid-secure. 

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said:

“It’s vitally important everyone helps keep economic recovery as safe and sustainable as possible.

“This means carefully following the official advice around distancing and hygiene.

“If we do this properly then it could help to prevent a second wave of Covid-19 infections.”




59 more deaths in England 

59 more coronavirus deaths have been reported in England.  

It brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 27,490.

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

You can read more here.   



Rules still stand

Although updates have been made to the rules around social distancing and as we start to see more easing of lockdown restrictions, Harrogate NHS Foundation Trust are reiterating their guidance to visitors which still stands.

Previously visiting was suspended except in exceptional circumstances, but after updating their rules, some groups of patients have been able to have restricted visiting: 



As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, people are taking to social media to declare where they'll be heading for their #postlockdownfirsts.

Whether it's a meal out, a staycation or just a day out of the house, Welcome to Yorkshire wants to know: where will you be heading first?


Parking to return to normal

As more shops across North Yorkshire open from Monday 15th June, parking enforcement operations will return to normal to help to manage traffic and to make social distancing easier.

NHS staff, health or social care workers and NHS volunteer responders will still benefit from free parking, as long as they display their NHS permit or another valid form of evidence. 

Read the full story here


York Pride 2020

This weekend would have been York Pride, North Yorkshire's biggest annual LGBT+ celebration, before it was cancelled for 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis.

In place of the event, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are recording short videos about what pride means to them.

Is it Party or Protest?


Harrogate drive-through test centre

A drive-through coronavirus testing centre will return to Harrogate today (Monday) and Wednesday at Harrogate Hydro car park on Jenny Field Drive.

The centre, open for anyone aged over five with symptoms, will run between 11am and 3pm on both days, and people have been warned to not just turn up, but make an appointment first.

People who don’t have access to the internet, or who have difficulty with the digital portals, can ring the new 119 service to book.

Read the full story here


Castle Howard now open

Castle Howard are welcoming visitors to their gardens once again after welcoming back members last week.

The castle have introduced new social distancing guidelines for those wanting to go along:


End of Volunteers Week

Volunteers Week 2020 came to an end yesterday after a week of appreciation for the fantastic work being done by people volunteering their time to help others during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Angela Schofield, Chairman at Harrogate NHS Foundation Trust, had one final message of gratitude for all the volunteers across the area who have and are continuing to make a huge difference in the fight against Coronavirus:


Mother Shipton's to reopen

Mother Shipton's Cave in Knaresborough are set to reopen following the Coronavirus crisis and welcome visitors back from Saturday 13th June.

Visitors must pre-book an arrival time slot in advance of their visit and will be given 2.5 hours to explore the park.

Find out more here


Inside mobile testing units

The Yorkshire County Regiment has been travelling through Yorkshire and Teesside to deliver Mobile Testing Units in support of the governments efforts to increase Covid-19 testing.

With testing units in Harrogate, Scarborough and Northallerton in the coming days, take a look at just how the regiment are working to carry out tests across the area:



Carers have played a huge role throughout the Coronavirus crisis, whether that be through caring for elderly people in care homes or working to help deliver essential items to the vulnerable.

Humankind has made a series of short videos to talk about Carers Week, which runs from 8-14th June, and why it’s important to recognise the roles Carers of all ages undertake.

Watch their latest video below, featuring Sarah talking about making Young Carers visible:


Mobile testing sites

Testing for Covid-19 is still available at government-run sites across the area over the next few days in Harrogate, Northallerton and Scarborough.

If you're going along, be sure to register ahead of your visit:


Iconic Knaresborough restaurant set to re-open under new owners

Well-known Knaresborough restaurant Carriages announced it was closing it's doors earlier this year.

In February, previous owners David and Jo Straker said they'd tried to turn the business around, but had been battling against high rents and low footfall.

They also own the William and Victoria in Harrogate, but said they were 'devastated' to be pulling out of Knaresborough.

But now, in a glimmer of good news for the town's economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, it's been revealed that Leeds-based catering company 'Bears Pantry' have taken over the restaurant and are working towards it's re-opening.

Read the full story here

Carriages in Knresborough

Harrogate set for deep clean

A deep clean of Harrogate town centre is due to begin today (Monday, 8 June), with pavements and street furniture to be sanitised.

Harrogate BID has appointed Yorkshire-based UK Nationwide Cleaning Services for the work.

Working at night, it is expected the first deep clean will take approximately two weeks to complete.

Read the full story here


Four more deaths in Stray FM area

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

Two were patients at Harrogate District Hospital, taking the number of deaths to 70, whilst another two patients died at Airedale General, with figures now reaching 108.

A Department of Health spokesperson statement reads:

"A further 72 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 27,431.

"Patients were aged between 45 and 96 years old and all had known underlying health conditions. Their families have been informed."

Harrogate hospital