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Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 9 June

Coronavirus - update: Tuesday, 9 June

Published by May Norman at 9:08am 9th June 2020. (Updated at 5:15pm 9th June 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Tuesday, 9 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):


Nightingale Contract Extended

It's been announced that the Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate will stay open until at least the end of July.  

The hospital has not treated a single coronavirus patient since opening in April.  

Harrogate Borough Council has now extended a contract with NHS England for its use until July 31st.

Click here for the full story.


Fundraising events becoming virtual

Yorkshire Air Ambulance say lots of their community events - including the Knaresborough Bed Race - are going ahead online in new virtual formats.


Bradford District urged to back NHS Test and Trace

NHS Test and Trace, which went live on Thursday 28th May, is designed to identify those in the community who have had close contact with people who have tested positive for coronavirus, helping to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

Sarah Muckle, Director of Public Health for Bradford, said:

“We are entering a critical time for the district and working together to make NHS Test and Trace a success is vital to the safety of our people and the recovery of our local economy.

“As lockdown restrictions begin to ease gradually, it’s important to recognise we all need to take responsibility for controlling the spread of COVID-19. Alongside continuing effective social distancing and good hygiene, the NHS Test and Trace service help us to contain local cases and prevent a second peak in infections."


Pubs preparing to open

The Government has said pubs may be able to open by the start of next month.

In the meantime, venues are preparing to be able to open, like the Yorkshire Rose in Skipton.


Another death confirmed in Stray FM area

Another coronavirus death has been confirmed in the Stray FM area.

They were a patient at Harrogate Hospital. No further deaths have been reported at Airedale Hospital.

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 27,619.

Click here for the full story.


Macmillan Cancer Support Ilkley Fashion Show goes Virtual

Macmillan Cancer Support's Ilkley Committee have held a fashion show for thirteen years.

Every year it raises funds for the charity.

This year, they weren't going to let lockdown stop them, and filmed a virtual fashion show during lockdown!


Reunited in Skipton Woods

NHS worker and Skipton mum Sally was separated from her twin girls for THREE MONTHS because one of them has a complicated heart condition, so had to shield for safety.

Last week they reunited for the first time, and Sally dressed as Children's Heart Surgery Fund's mascot Katie Bear, for an extra special surprise:


Skipton Market Returns TOMORROW

Skipton Market is reopening tomorrow, and will be open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays going forward.

Craven Council says the High Street will be closed on those days to allow social distancing to be carried out effectively.



Harrogate multi-storeys opening

Two of Harrogate's multi-storey car parks have reopened - Jubilee and West Park.

They're open to the public from 8am to 6pm. Victoria may open from Monday.

Parking fines also come back in from Monday.


Museum from Home

Leeds Museums has launched a series called "#MuseumFromHome", enabling people to benefit from their services while they can't open in person.


Support for Otley businesses

Otley Business Improvement District have been creating support packs for shops in the town.

They are available to retailers currently trading and those planning to open on Monday.

The packs are available for collection on Thursday, Friday and Monday, and more information is available via their Twitter account:


Track and Trace warning

North Yorkshire County Council have shared advice about emails from people pretending to be contact tracers for the NHS.

They're warning people to be vigilant, especially when it comes to digital security and finances.


Coniston Hotel set to reopen

The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa have announced their reopening date, and will be welcoming visitors from Monday 6th July!

The Hotel have announced that the health and safety of their staff, customers and community are of paramount importance and that they will be adhering to the highest levels of hygiene and sanitation at all times.  

Read the full statement with new measures via the link below:


Litter warning from RSPCA

The RSPCA are urging people who are going out more since lockdown restrictions were eased to take their litter home with them or disposing of it properly.

The plea comes after they claim to have received more than 400 calls about animals affected by litter in North Yorkshire over the past five years.  

They claim frontline officers are regularly called to help cats, birds and wildlife who have got themselves tangled in netting, injured in fishing litter or stuck in rubbish.

Read the full story here


Test & Trace scam emails

Police are warning people about scam emails that claim to be part of the government's 'Test & Trace' service introduced to combat Coronavirus.

Criminals are stealing information and exploiting people who believe they are giving personal details to sign up for the service.

Be vigilant and if you suspect an email may be a scam, report it to Action Fraud UK:


60,000 titles downloaded during lockdown

A region full of bookworms have revealed themselves during lockdown – with nearly 60,000 e-book/e-audio titles downloaded across the region. In addition, 2,000 new members have joined the libraries across the county to get their hands on digital downloads to pass the time.

Although physical copies might be out of the question because of the Covid-19 pandemic, e-books have still been available to download from the county’s libraries.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Customer Engagement, said:

“During lockdown, our library service may have had to close its doors, but the team has been working hard to make sure residents can still access some great reading material.

“We have invested more in digital books and set up a helpline to make it easy for people to join the library and to get help if they haven’t been sure how to use the online resources.


Warning for businesses planning on reopening

Bradford Council is asking local businesses to carefully check and act on the latest government Covid-19 guidance ahead of non-essential shops being allowed to reopen on the 15th June.

The authority says currently the Yorkshire and Humber/North East Covid-19 re-infection number remains high.  

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."


New rules for public transport

The Prime Minister is urging those travelling on public transport to wear a face covering before it becomes mandatory next week.

New restrictions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus mean that face masks will need to be worn on public transport from 15th June:


Digital Library

Libraries across the area are yet to reopen, but that doesn't mean you can't access the usual selection of books, magazines and comics from home in the meantime.

North Yorkshire County Council's Digital Library means you can access a variety of literature online, including e-books, audiobooks and graphic novels.

Find the link below:


Otley BID's Support Packs

Otley BID are preparing their Covid-19 'Business Support Packs' to help local businesses that are set to reopen following the Coronavirus crisis.

The Covid-19 Business Support Packs (worth up to £100 each) are available free to all Otley BID Members who are either already open or due to open in June, and will include items such as cotton face coverings, social distancing floor tape and hand sanitiser.

Read more about the packs and who is eligible below:


World Cup of Yorkshire

Welcome to Yorkshire's 'World Cup of Yorkshire' is back - and this time they're looking to crown the region's favourite Yorkshire icon!

Welcome to Yorkshire have been holding polls on social media throughout lockdown to keep us entertained and crown Yorkshire's favourite places, including tourist attractions, sites and restaurants. 

Be sure to get in touch via Twitter to ensure your favourite is included in the latest competition:


How to help safely

Across the UK, people are playing their part and providing essential support to their friends and family who are in isolation due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

But keeping yourself and others safe whilst providing this support is crucial in preventing the spread of the virus.

Read more from North Yorkshire County Council on measures you can take when helping others to stay safe:



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 Emma talking about making Young Carers visible:


Grants available for businesses

Grant applications of up to £10,000 are now being available for businesses which have not had any previous Covid-19 related grant support.

Harrogate Borough Council are accepting applications for financial help from certain eligible small and micro businesses across the district that have not been able to access other, national, support schemes.

Full eligibility criteria can be found here


Parking returns to normal in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire County Council has announced parking charges will be re-introduced from 15th June as lockdown restrictions are eased.

As more shops across North Yorkshire open from Monday 15th June, both on-street and off-street parking enforcement operations will return to normal. 

Since the start of the lockdown enforcement has targeted only dangerous and obstructive parking, but full enforcement will be reintroduced from 15th June.

Read the full story here


Mobile tablets given to North Yorkshire care homes

NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says it has invested in more than 200 Samsung tablet devices for care homes in the county, so residents can access virtual appointments with GPs and other clinical staff.

The CCG says the data-enabled tablets come equipped with the same software that is enabling doctors to hold increasing numbers of virtual consultations with patients, as practices try and limit face-to-face appointments in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The organisation says it hopes that by equipping care homes with this technology, clinical leaders in North Yorkshire hope it will reduce the risk of exposure to the virus for residents, as well as doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.


Harrogate drive-through test centre

A drive-through Coronavirus testing centre will return to Harrogate on Wednesday at the Harrogate Hydro Car Park.

The test centre will be open between 11am and 3pm and is open to anyone over the age of five with coronavirus symptoms.

Read the full story here