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County takes time to pause one year on from first lockdown

The last twelve months have been unlike any other year in living memory. Since the start of the first Covid-19 lockdown on 23 March 2020, North Yorkshire – like the rest of the United Kingdom and the world – has seen its share of tragedies and challenges, but also tremendous resilience and community spirit. On Tuesday, March 23, everyone is invited to take part in a national day of reflection […]

todayMarch 20, 2021 5

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Successful COVID-19 vaccination programme expands to over-60s in North Yorkshire and York

The successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines across York and North Yorkshire is expanding to include everyone aged over 60 and people with underlying health conditions. The push to protect people from the virus is moving into the next phase following the successful first stage targeting the top four priority groups – those aged 70 and over, care home workers, residents, front-line health and care workers and the clinically extremely […]

todayMarch 1, 2021 4

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Frontline social care staff urged to book a vaccine

All frontline social care workers across North Yorkshire are urged to get vaccinated in the fight against Covid-19. Although the county take-up rate of vaccination among care staff is better than the national average of 66 per cent, County Council leaders want all frontline care staff to be vaccinated – including those working for private providers, day services, domiciliary care and as personal assistants. The County Council has therefore welcomed […]

todayFebruary 16, 2021

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Businesses open for trading in December but severely affected by covid19 restrictions may be eligible for grant aid. Richmondshire District Council has more than £900,000 still available in its Local Restrictions Support Grant pot – which could help anyone from a shop or hospitality business severely hit by reduced trading to a leisure outlet or a business that has supply chain issues. “This grant scheme has been under used mainly […]

todayFebruary 15, 2021

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Richmondshire District Council is reminding businesses that there is still time to apply for grant aid if they have been affected by the covid19 restrictions. But the Additional Restrictions Grants scheme - relating to the period 30 December to 15 February – closes to applications on 21 February. The key criteria applicable to the scheme are that during the period of the grant the business must: Have been severely financially […]

todayFebruary 13, 2021 1

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Plea to families to keep up Covid fight during half-term break

As the school half-term break arrives, families are urged to keep up the great effort to bring down the Covid-19 infection rate and not to be tempted to head to the countryside or coast. The appeal comes after figures reveal that more than 1,000 people have now died from Covid-19 in North Yorkshire. Infection rates are reducing only slowly across the county. More than 100 new cases are being reported […]

todayFebruary 12, 2021 2

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Over 70s are asked to contact the NHS to have their COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS in North Yorkshire is asking people aged 70 and over who have not yet been invited to have their COVID-19 vaccination to come forward and arrange a jab. The NHS had previously asked people not to contact them about their COVID vaccination and wait until they are approached. While this remains the case for most people, local NHS services are now encouraging people in priority cohorts 1-4 (over […]

todayFebruary 11, 2021

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No rise recommended for councillors’ allowances

County councillors in North Yorkshire are set to forego any increase in their allowances this year. An independent remuneration panel annually reviews allowances paid to councillors for their work and any special responsibilities. The panel is recommending that in view of the financial strain on the County Council and the economic impact on the region as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, there should be no increase in allowances in […]

todayFebruary 6, 2021

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‘Please don’t be complacent if you’ve had the COVID-19 vaccine’, say health leaders

People in York and North Yorkshire are being urged not to be ‘COVID-complacent’ – even if they’ve had the vaccine. The rollout of the vaccination programme has been going well, with priority groups – including the over-80s, front-line health and social care staff and those who live or work in care homes – the first to get their jabs. However, health leaders in York and North Yorkshire are reminding people […]

todayFebruary 2, 2021