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Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 17 June

Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 17 June

Published by May Norman at 8:55am 17th June 2020. (Updated at 4:25pm 17th June 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Wednesday, 17 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):


100 parking tickets in two days in Harrogate

100 parking tickets have been handed out in Harrogate since restrictions were reintroduced on Monday. 

It followed a two-month suspension of charges to support key workers.

98 were on the street and two were at car parks.

You can read more here.  


77 more deaths in England 

There have been 77 more coronavirus deaths in England.  

It brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 28,138.

There have been no further deaths in the Stray FM area.

You can read more here.  


Drive-in cinema

Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford are welcoming visitors for their first 'Drive-in Cinema' next week as they adapt to lockdown and social distancing measures.

Films expected to feature are three classic musicals: Mamma Mia, The Greatest Showman and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Book and find out about tickets below:


Testing station for care homes

A satellite Covid-19 testing site to serve North Yorkshire’s care homes started operation from Scarborough last Friday, with the provision of up to 500 testing swabs a day.

This marks a significant step forward in the fight against Covid-19 in the county’s care settings to improve radically the speed and quantity of testing and turnaround in results. It complements testing provision for care settings in the western side of North Yorkshire which already operates from a satellite site in Bradford.

Read more below:


Harrogate Stonefall household waste recycling centre set to reopen

Harrogate Stonefall household waste recycling centre will open tomorrow after extensive trials and reviews around the traffic management and safety of the site.

Since their closure as part of the national lockdown in March, household waste recycling centres across North Yorkshire have re-opened in a phased return with social distancing measures in place and a traffic management system to help to reduce queues.

The Harrogate Stonefall is the last to re-open and will be open as usual six days a week (closed Wednesdays) from 8.30am to 5pm.

Read the full story here


Premier League football to return to screens tonight

After an unplanned break of more than three months, top flight football in England will return to screens today, as teams look to get their league campaigns back on track.

In the Premier League, Liverpool look nailed-on to win their first top flight title in 30 years, while Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth fight for survival.

Meanwhile in the Championship, before it was interrupted by the pandemic, Leeds United were on course to win promotion to the Premier League, alongside West Bromwich Albion, with teams like Luton Town and Barnsley looking at relegation.

With games being played behind closed doors due to social distancing rules, Sky Sports viewers will have the option on whether to have crowd noise played out while they watch.

Read more here.

Football on grass at Harrogate CNG Stadium

Get firefighter fit

We all know how important it is to keep active during lockdown - and you can get as fit as your local firefighters with their regular workouts!

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue have revealed another workout video for their followers and it's got us sweating just watching:


Registering birth resumes

Births can now be registered again across North Yorkshire after a temporary break due to the Coronavirus crisis:


How to dispose of PPE


Plea to dog owners after lamb attack

Police are urging people with dogs to take responsibility for their animals when out walking in the countryside after a lamb was attacked and killed near Boroughbridge.

The incident has prompted a warning to dog owners from dedicated rural policing officers in North Yorkshire, with two dogs reportedly running through a fence into a field of sheep at Marton Cum Grafton, near the village school.

The sheep in the field had all lambed, and sadly, one lamb was attacked and killed.

Read the full story here


I want to break free

Here's something to put a smile on your face...

Sawdust, a cover band from Bingley, have been producing music videos in lockdown to keep us all entertained, featuring hilarious takes on hits from famous bands including the Beatles and the Proclaimers.

And their latest video features an entertaining twist on a Queen classic:


Decision taken to close Clapham primary

Some sad news for students at Clapham Church of England Primary School, as North Yorkshire County Council have announced the school will close at the end of this school year.

At the beginning of September 2019, there were 25 pupils on roll in the school. This is well below the capacity of the school, which is designed to accommodate up to 59 pupils if all spaces are in use.

Since the start of this academic year there has been a further fall in numbers with nine on roll in January, and seven currently on roll.

Read more via the link below:


Harrogate College reopens

Harrogate College reopened for a selection of students and staff yesterday for the first time since temporarily closing due to the Coronavirus crisis.

Danny Wild, Principal of Harrogate College, said:

“Supporting staff and students to return to a safe environment has been at the centre of the college’s preparations and approach.

Harrogate College is also taking steps to ensure a safe practical operation, including providing PPE, staff and students arrive and leaving at off-peak times and with staggered start and finish times between groups.


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Two more deaths in Stray FM area

Two more coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in the Stray FM area.

They were both patients at Harrogate Hospital, taking the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 28,061.

Patients were aged between 35 and 98 years old. Eight patients, aged between 35 and 92, had no known underlying health conditions.

Read the full story here


Further blow for Henshaws

Harrogate charity Henshaws has announced another one of its services is set to close, as it has been announced that it will transition out of providing supported living housing for people with disabilities and special needs.

The decision will affect about 21 residents and comes after the charity announced its Arts and Crafts centre in Knaresborough will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

North Yorkshire County Council says it's working with all concerned to ensure a way forward can be found and a petition has now been started to save the Arts and Crafts centre.

Read the full story here


Mobile testing site in Harrogate today

A mobile coronavirus testing site will be in Harrogate today (Wednesday 17th) for anyone showing symptoms to get tested.

The drive-through facility will be at The Hydro car park on Jenny Field Drive, but anyone planning on going along must make an appointment first.

Anyone who is showing coronavirus symptoms should register for a test on the NHS website at

Read more here