Barnitts closes temporarily – for the first time in its 124-year history
Legendary York department store Barnitts has now shut its doors.
The business has closed both its Colliergate shop and its online offer until further noice.
It is the first time in its 124-year history that Barnitts has shut, although its owners say “rest assured we will be reopening as soon as the coronavirus situation and restrictions ease”.
In a statement on Facebook the owners said:
“These are exceptional circumstances and although Barnitts is still permitted to stay open under the current coronavirus legislation the safety of our customers and staff also has to be taken into account.
“Barnitts would like to thank all our customers for their support. As you know Barnitts is not just a shop it is an institution and an integral part of our beautiful city of York… our decision to close temporarily has not been taken lightly.
“We would also like to thank our dedicated staff for their efforts particularly over the last few weeks they as always have given their best..
“Don’t worry they will be back.”
3 months ago
Good news: No further deaths from coronavirus, or new cases, in the last 24 hours in York
The last 24 hours have brought some welcome respite for York in the coronavirus emergency.
There were no new deaths of people being treated for Covid-19 in the York NHS Trust – and there are no new confirmed cases.
The latest NHS England bulletin of coronavirus-related deaths showed no further deaths in the York NHS Trust from 5pm on Sunday (5 April) to 5pm yesterday (Monday, 6 April).
But the overall number of deaths within the trust did rise as two more deaths were confirmed from the previous 24 hours.
That means there’s been a total of 24 deaths in the trust so far, 16 at York Hospital and eight in Scarborough.
The latest figures show the confirmed cases of coronavirus in York stands today at 75, the same as yesterday.
In North Yorkshire the number rose from 269 to 285.
Here are some of the key figures (yesterday’s numbers in brackets):
Total UK cases: 55,242 (51,608)
Daily confirmed UK cases: 3,634 (3,802)
Total UK deaths: 6,159 (5,373)
Confirmed cases in York: 75 (75)
Confirmed cases in North Yorkshire: 285 (269)
Confirmed cases in East Yorkshire: 97 (96)
3 months ago
Council to send Covid-19 support leaflet and newsletter to every York home
With some residents unable to access the internet, City of York Council has commissioned a leaflet drop across the city.
Over the next few weeks, the council will be sending residents:
A leaflet promoting how to be a volunteer and what to do if you need help;
A letter thanking the city for its resolve and containing important health information for people to keep;
A special copy of Our City, the resident newsletter bringing together information about resident support and council services in one place.
The council has also introduced an e-newsletter providing a weekly update about support and guidance direct to resident’s mailboxes during this extraordinary time.
‘Hampers of hope’ for vulnerable children and their families to be funded in York
Terrific charity The Island provides support for vulnerable children and young people across York.
The Island usually provides hampers through the donations it collects in local supermarkets.
Now councillors have agreed to fund ‘hampers of hope’ for children and their families supported by The Island.
At the suggestion of the Labour group, seven wards represented by 17 Labour councillors and 2 Green councillors are to pool part of their ward funding.
They will commit the same £1,337 from each ward totalling £9,360 – almost 40% of The Island’s £25,000 fundraising target.
Cllr Bob Webb said: “The Island does some amazing work for local children and through funding these emergency hampers of hope, we can support the charity to not only provide food and other provisions, but also learning resources and access to an emergency 24 hour helpline.
“The hampers will help support a reduction in family tension as well as improved mental health and well-being. Advice and guidance will be available to families at an early stage so The Island can help with any emerging challenges they are having.”
Cllr Labour’s spokesperson for communities, Coun. Michael Pavlovic, said the funding allocation was the first of what is expected to be others as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic becomes better understood.
“We’re pleased to agree this funding to families across the wards we represent, who fully deserve this support at an incredibly challenging time.
“We need to see how the situation develops in the coming few weeks before looking at what other funding allocations we may need to make.
“It’s obvious that the level of support some of our residents need will not be as readily available with the current restrictions, and we need to avoid a situation where people feel cut adrift.”
3 months ago
Saturday coronavirus update: York cases level off, another increase in North Yorkshire
The good news is there are no new confirmed cases of coronavirus in York today (Saturday, 4 April).
Unfortunately, the number in North Yorkshire continues to rise – and the figure is now above the 200 barrier. There are now 218 confirmed cases in the county, up from 193 the day before.
Here are some of the key statistics (yesterday’s figures in brackets):
Total UK cases: 41,903 (38,168)
Daily confirmed UK cases: 3,735 (4,450)
Total UK deaths: 4,313(3,605)
Confirmed cases in York: 57 (57)
Confirmed cases in North Yorkshire: 218 (193)
Confirmed cases in East Yorkshire: 78 (72)
New cases of coronavirus appear to have stabilised but it is not the time to “take our foot off the pedal”, a healthcare chief has said, as ministers pleaded with the public to obey social distancing rules despite the warm weather.
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England’s national medical director, made the warning as the latest figures showed the recorded death toll from the virus in the UK has risen above 4,000, including a five-year-old child.
Speaking alongside Michael Gove at the daily Downing Street press conference, Prof Powis said: “The new cases in the UK have continued to rise but in the last few days they have stabilised.”
He said there had been a “bit of a plateauing” of rates of people being taken to hospital in London, but warned: “This is not the time to be complacent and to take our foot off the pedal.
“We need to continue to comply with those instructions because that will translate in the next week or two into a reduction in hospital admissions.”
3 months ago
Wednesday’s figures show another rise in coronavirus cases in both York and North Yorkshire
There are three more confirmed coronavirus cases in York, figures today revealed (Wednesday, 1 April).
That means the city’s number of known cases has risen from 32 to 35.
There has also been a rise in the confirmed cases in North Yorkshire, from 122 to 149.
Here are some of the key figures (yesterday’s number in brackets).
Meanwhile a York infections expert has called on the government to commandeer labs up and down the country to ramp up testing for Covid-19.
3 months ago
Macmillan Charity Raceday called off
One of the highlights of both the sporting and charity calendars has been cancelled.
The Macmillan Charity Raceday, due to take place on 13 June, has been called off. It was the 50th anniversary event.
In a statement on its website, organisers said:
“In these uncertain times, Macmillan and York Races wanted to give a degree of clarity to their participants and supporters.
“The British Horseracing Authority has currently suspended racing until at least the end of April 2020 following Government advice. While York Racecourse’s season does not start until mid-May and Macmillan Charity Raceday is not until Saturday 13 June 2020, there is sufficient uncertainty that it was felt best to make this decision early.
“If racing resumes by June then York Racecourse would still hold Macmillan Charity Raceday but the fundraising aspect of the day would be scaled back.
“The fundraising activities being postponed include the Ernest Cooper Macmillan Ride of their Lives, the Jump of their Lives skydive, fundraising lunch and auction.”
— York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (@YorkTeachingNHS) March 31, 2020
This is his message in full:
In the last few weeks, I have visited our emergency departments, critical care wards, and the wards that will care for patients with Covid-19 on both of our acute sites.
And I’m truly humbled by the effort and energy of everyone who is working hard to make sure we’re ready.
We know of course that our team goes beyond our frontline clinical staff. And I doubt there is anyone who works for this trust who hasn’t been contributing to this effort. So thank you all.
It is an extraordinary time we’re living in, and we are facing perhaps the greatest public health threat in our lifetime.
Please keep safe – and continue to look out for each other.
3 months ago
York City fans in limbo as National League North suspends season indefinitely
York City are top of the league – and will stay there for the foreseeable future, without another game in sight.
The National League board met today and decided to suspend its competitions indefinitely – including National League North.
In a statement the National League said:
The National League is currently obtaining specialist legal advice, is consulting regularly with The Football Association and other stakeholders, and is committed to involving its member clubs in a pending decision on how best to conclude the 2019/20 season.
York City FC issued a statement of their own, saying: “York City Football Club will continue liaise with the league and fellow clubs regarding this matter and update supporters with any new information.”
3 months ago
Here are the supermarket queues in west York
Some helpful queue counting here, courtesy of former councillor Steve Galloway:
York’s Bloom! Festival will not go ahead this year – but will be back next summer
Make It York has today announced that Bloom! – York’s festival of horticulture – will not go ahead this summer.
The event was planned to take place across the city from 20-28 June, but has been cancelled due to the escalating uncertainties surrounding the impact of Covid-19.
MD of Make It York Sean Bullick said:
It is with deep sadness that we have made this decision, but ultimately it is the right thing to do given the uncertainties that we all face as a result of the ongoing coronavirus situation.
We have had discussions with our festival main sponsor, York BID and our other valued partners and sponsors across the city and we are all in agreement that this is, unfortunately, a necessary step we must take at this time.
The BID and Make It York are now looking at how to bring Bloom! back in 2021.
We will be working with @YorkBID and other partners & sponsors to look at how we can bring Bloom! back in 2021 and cultivate another exciting programme of activity for residents and visitors. Further details to come later in the year… pic.twitter.com/bJDFV40m6i
Further details will be announced later in the year.
3 months ago
This chart shows the steep rise in York coronavirus cases – and how the city compares
The steep rise in coronavirus cases in York is shown in this chart by the Centre For Cities.
At present the city is doing better than many, based on the confirmed cases per 100,000 of the population. See the graph below. Enter York in the search box to see the city on its own:
The Centre for Cities says:
“The lockdown policies that the Government have introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus have had a huge economic impact. Some parts of the country will feel the negative effects more acutely than others.
“Places with stronger highly-skilled information-based economies – mostly in the Greater South East – have been able to more easily adapt to working from home, ensuring that some parts the economy continues to function.
“However, other areas – mostly in the North and Midlands – with weaker low-skill service-based economies have been less able to do this.
3 months ago
An 800-bed coronavirus hospital is to be set up in North Yorkshire
The government is to create a large field hospital in Harrogate for coronavirus cases.
In a scoop, the FT reports that the UK’s fifth temporary hospital will be created at Harrogate Convention Centre.
The Harrogate hospital will treat patients from across Yorkshire and would be about a fifth the size as the NHS Nightingale, the coronavirus hospital at the Excel Centre in London.
That would mean the North Yorkshire version would have about 800 beds.
According to Andy Bounds and Helen Warrell in the FT:
The Ministry of Defence, which supplied military engineers and logistics experts to help build the Nightingale Hospital, has received a formal request to help set up the Harrogate site, but has not yet started work on the project.
Andrew Jones, the local Conservative MP, said Harrogate would be “pleased to play its part in the national effort against this virus”.
The Ministry of Defence said the armed forces were “supporting the NHS to understand where further facilities could be set up in other areas of the country”.
3 months ago
Carluccio’s update: Restaurant chain ceases trading and ‘could be mothballed’
As expected, restaurant chain Carluccio’s has gone into administration.
Directors of the group, which has branches in Fenwick and St Helen’s Square, called in the administrators “after a sustained period of challenging trading conditions, which have been exacerbated by Covid-19 and the broader issues currently facing the UK’s retail and hospitality sector,” a statement released today (Monday, 30 March) said.
“This meant the company faced significant cashflow pressures and as a result was ultimately unable to meet its financial obligations as they were due.”
Geoff Rowley and Phil Reynolds, partners at specialist business advisory firm FRP, have been appointed administrators.
They said their primary job “is the rescue of the company”. They are exploring the opportunity to mothball the business utilising government support, as well as speaking to interested parties regarding the sale of all or parts of the business
Mr Rowley said they will access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to furlough the majority of the company’s 2,000 employees whilst they assess all available options.
“As this fast-moving situation progresses we will remain in regular communication with all employees and key stakeholders, and will provide a further update in due course,” he said.
Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker said: “We ask people not to make non-essential journeys, and to understand the definition of essential.
“We sincerely hope that we won’t have to resort to enforcement action, but if people do not comply, we will.”
3 months ago
More support is needed for low-income families, say York experts
Low-income families should receive extra financial support as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19, say University of York experts.
An increase in benefits for children is needed to prevent a rise in child poverty, the authors of the study say.
In response to the pandemic, the Government has raised Universal and Working Tax Credit payments by £20 per week, bringing benefit payments to their highest level (relative to average earnings) since 1998/9.
The researchers modelled the impact of these measures and found that they will only reduce child poverty by less than two per cent. Household poverty will also only see an improvement of less than one percent.
But when the researchers looked at what the impact of an increase in child benefit of £10 per-child per-week would be, they found that it would reduce child poverty by five per cent and household poverty by between one and two per cent.
Co-author of the report, Dr Antonia Keung from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, said: “The needs of families with children have not been recognised in the Covid-19 measures.
“An increase in child benefit would be much more effective than the announced increases in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit. It would reduce child poverty more and also reduce household poverty more, not least because households with children are much more likely to be poor.”
3 months ago
Join the sponsored York ‘Palathon’ and help raise money for the city’s food banks
York man John Bibby is urging everyone to join the York Palathon.
The idea is to walk a mile per day, for 26 days, starting on 1 April and finishing on 27 April. So then you will have walked a marathon.
John from Heworth will be hobbling round his garden 100 times per day, starting at 11am on April 1st.
He is currently waiting for two new hips and says the Palathon will keep him fit.
John is encouraging others to join in – while keeping your social distance of course:
And he would like help with things like setting up a website, arranging an optional Zoom meeting for participants, and liaising re donations.
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The message, York police tweeted, was clear: “North Yorkshire Police stopping vehicles to ensure motorists are complying with the restrictions and only making essential journeys. #StayHomeSaveLives”
4 months ago
York City FC makes a statement about the completion of the season
Bootham Crescent is closed and the National League North suspended.
This has led to speculation about what will happen to the current season – with York City top of the league.
This from York City today:
Although the club doesn’t typically comment on speculation, this is a unique situation.
We want to clarify that we are yet to receive official information from the National League around completion of the season.
However, we would like to take this opportunity to assure fans that the club has made a strong case regarding how the season may be brought to a close, in light of York City FC’s position in the league.
The statement said they would keep fans up to date “as and when we receive information”.
Two options under consideration include declaring the whole season null and void, which would be a nightmare. Or promotions decided on a points per game played basis.
If the latter was chosen and two clubs were promoted, York City would be one and Kings Lynn the other.
4 months ago
York Pullman Bus drivers help out by driving council refuse vehicles
Great work from York Pullman Bus Company and their team.
Three of their workers, Erwin, Nigel and Neil, have the relevant licence to drive refuse vehicles – and they are temporarily joining City of York Council’s team to keep the household waste collection service on the road.
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4 months ago
Sainsbury’s limits the customers in its stores
This from Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe:
“Starting today, we will limit the number of people allowed in our stores and at our ATMs at any one time. We are putting queuing systems in place outside stores and will ask everyone to please queue at a safe distance of 2 metres apart.
“Since we put limits on the number of items people could buy, food and other essential items are on shelves for longer each day so please arrive throughout the day to avoid long queues forming in the morning.
“We are reducing the number of checkouts we open in supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol filling stations to help our colleagues and customers keep a safe distance from each other.
“We are also introducing safety screens at every manned checkout to help keep our colleagues safe when serving customers. We are regularly sanitising all customer areas of our stores including chip and pin machines, baskets and trolleys.
“Please pay by card at the till if you can. If you are unable to pay by card and want to pay by cash, please use our self scan tills which will stay open for cash payments.”
4 months ago
Another rise in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in York
The official Covid-19 figures have been updated for Wednesday (25 March) and they show another rise.
All these statistics come with the usual warning that very few people have been tested.
In York, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen from 11 to 14.
And in North Yorkshire the figure has gone up from 30 to 45.
Listen: York expert’s advice on preserving your mental health during the crisis
The coronavirus pandemic, the way it has disrupted normal life, and the strict rules on social distancing and isolation mean we’re all feeling added levels of stress and anxiety.
That means our mental health is coming under added strain.
Jorvik Radio has started a mental health podcast, and in the first episode, host Nick Love talks to psychotherapist Rosalie Harrison from The Retreat in York about some key issues affecting our mental health during the current coronavirus situation.
You can listen to their conversation below.
4 months ago
Support York’s Coronavirus Community Fund to help the most in need
City of York Council is urging anyone who would like to offer financial support to others affected by coronavirus to support the Coronavirus Community Fund, set up by the Two Ridings Community Foundation.
The fund has been set up to offer local charitable or community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues as a result of the continuing threat of Covid-19.
Any funds received will be used to help local charitable and community organisations support the people who need it the most.
It will also work to assist people and organisations where there are no current suitable services, in order to maintain some level of viability through these uncertain times.
4 months ago
Shambles Market closed to all but essential fresh food traders
Make It York have today announced that the Shambles Market will be closed to all but essential fresh food traders from today (Tuesday, 24 March) until further notice.
The organisation said the change is to ensure public safety and slow the spread of Covid-19, and comes in response to updated government policy announced on Monday.
Make It York said:
Special provision will be made for those traders supplying fresh food, with social distancing measures put in place.
Opening hours are set to be 10am until 5pm and any further updates will be shared on the Shambles Market Facebook and Twitter accounts.
All measures are under continuous review, and Make It York will follow the advice given from local and national government over the coming days.
4 months ago
Here’s how to donate food in York during the coronavirus outbreak
Many kindhearted businesses and individuals can donate food to those in need amid the coronavirus outbreak.
But City of York Council is urging people not to take food to the hospital directly, writes local democracy reporter Chloe Laversuch.
Instead, donations are being organised by a coordinator – so that meals and essential items can get to the vulnerable people who need them most.
A spokesperson for the council said the local authority is very grateful for all the kind offers of food from businesses and groups.
And that work is taking place to distribute items to those most in need as quickly as possible.
The York Central MP has called on everyone in York to join her with the message #KeepHomeKeepSafe, after the total of UK coronavirus deaths reached 335.
I have been calling for tight restrictions for some time, and therefore I welcome this step change.
I know it is really tough, I am finding it tough, but we absolutely have to keep York safe. I appeal to you to stay home unless you absolutely have to go out to work in essential services only, to shop for food and medicine or to exercise alone or with the people you are living with. I want us all to come through this together.
I thank all those who have been working in the NHS, other front line services and helping in the community. Now it is everyone’s turn to play their part in preventing the spread. We can do it in York – please #KeepHomeKeepSafe.
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