Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 5th August

 

COVID-19

Visit our website for the latest information about our services and COVID-19 support. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Eat Out to Help Out


The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is now live. A number of restaurants, cafes, bars and other establishments across Wiltshire have signed up. If you want to take advantage of the scheme, look out for the logo or use the new online restaurant finder.

How the scheme works at a participating establishment:

•get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)


•every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August


•as many times as you like


You do not need a voucher to use the scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend.

You cannot claim discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges.

All diners in a group of any size can use the discount

Find out more here.

 

Vital business grants funding closes soon

 Businesses in Wiltshire are being urged to apply for vital grant funding before the schemes close on Friday 28 August 2020.

Nearly 7,500 businesses in the county have benefitted from either a £10,000 Small Business Grant, or a £10,000 or £25,000 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. This funding, which does not have to be repaid, has offered a lifeline to many small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

These grant schemes are still open and eligible businesses are being encouraged to apply online as soon as possible. Applications and any additional information required must be received by 5pm on Monday 24 August 2020 to allow sufficient time for the application to be processed and the funding paid before the grants programme closes.

Read more here.

 

Maintaining social distancing 

Do you have difficulties maintaining social distancing, or know someone that does?

The government have designed badges that can be used to signal to others around you that they need to pay extra attention and give you more space.

Download the badge here.

 

Museums in Wiltshire are reopening

You are once again able to explore the varied collections of a number of Wiltshire’s museums. Sites such as Wiltshire Museum, Chippenham Museum and The Salisbury Museum have opened their doors after a long time away, and they are taking all necessary measures to ensure that you will enjoy your visit, whilst still maintaining social distancing and ensuring that everyone remains safe.

More museums will begin to open across the county once they too can ensure the safety of all involved. For those that are already open, however, there have been changes, such as limited opening hours, or entrance via booked or timed slots only. You should check the website or social media of each museum before visiting so that your experience is as enjoyable as possible.

Find out which museums are open here.

 

Restarting MOT Testing

Mandatory MOT testing has been reintroduced as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are eased when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

Read more here.

 

Supporting your recovery after COVID-19


If you're recovering from COVID-19, you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.

For full details of the help available click here.

 

Heatwave expected over the next few days


The Met Office has announced there is a 90 % probability of Heat-Health criteria being met between 12:00 today and 09:00 on Sunday in parts of England.

Increased summer-time temperatures can cause dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Older people, babies and young children and people with long term conditions can be especially vulnerable in the hot weather but we can all take simple steps to ensure everyone enjoys warmer weather.

Read more here.

 

 

Reopening of Leisure Centres

Leisure centres to start reopening next month
Briefing Note No. 20-25

Wiltshire Council COVID -19 Update - 15 July

COVID-19
Visit our website for the latest information about our services and COVID-19 support. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

You can also visit:
Central government COVID-19 updates
NHS updates

Face masks and coverings to be compulsory in England's shops
Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England will become mandatory from 24 July.

Shops and supermarkets will be expected to encourage compliance with the law and can refuse entry. Those who fail to comply with the new rules could face a fine of up to £100.
The move will bring England into line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany.Since mid-May, the public have been advised to wear coverings in enclosed public spaces, where they may encounter people they would not usually meet.It has also been compulsory on public transport in England since 15 June.

Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

To find out how to make your own face covering click here.

Find full guidance on when to wear a face covering here.

 

Disposing of face coverings and PPE 

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs recently published guidance for the public and businesses on how to dispose of personal or business waste, including face coverings and PPE, during the coronavirus pandemic.
If you need to throw away used face coverings or PPE, such as gloves you should:

dispose of them in the ‘black bag’ waste bin at home or at work, or a litter bin if outside
not put them in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities
take them home if there is no litter bin – do not drop them as litter
You do not need to:put them in an extra bag
store them for a time before throwing them away
If you're running a business or organisation you should:provide extra bins for staff and customers to throw away their face coverings and PPE, and any other additional waste, such as takeaway packaging and disposable tableware
make sure that staff and customers do not put face coverings and PPE in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities
make sure bins are emptied often so they do not overflow and create litter.

More information here.

 

Got symptoms? Get tested!

Residents in Wiltshire and Swindon are being urged to get tested for coronavirus as soon as they experience symptoms.

The two Directors of Public Health within the county are increasingly concerned that people are adopting a ‘wait and see' approach if they feel unwell, perhaps not realising that testing facilities are available locally.

Regional testing sites, which are open seven days a week, are based at Wroughton park & ride in Swindon and Beehive park & ride in Salisbury. In addition, a mobile testing unit will be at County Hall's Mortimer Street car park in Trowbridge several days a week as of 13 July initially it will be available from 13-16 July, then for six days from 19 July.

Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, and/or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, can book a test online.

 More on the testing sites here .

 

Young people encouraged to use Early Mental Health and Counselling Support Service

Young people in Wiltshire are being reminded support is out there if they are struggling with emotional wellbeing during COVID-19.

We worked with CCG and commissioned charity Barnardo's earlier this year to provide advice for 5-18-year-olds who may be experiencing:

Low mood
Panic, stress, worry and low level anxiety
Problems sleeping
Anger difficulties
Low self-esteem
Relationship difficulties with family or friends
Relationship problems at school or in the community (including bullying)
Feeling overwhelmed by pressure; for example in relation to school work

For more information on this service click here.

 

Leisure services update


We are pleased that the government has confirmed that leisure facilities can open soon. We're working hard on our reopening plans, which will follow government and public health guidance and support active health for residents within a safe and enjoyable environment.

We'll have more details on our plans soon and look forward to welcoming people back.

Look out for further updates soon, which will be found on our leisure pages.

  

Update on carbon reduction progress

 
At today's Cabinet meeting (Tuesday 14 July), we provided an update on the progress we've made since November 2019 in response to the climate emergency.

In February 2019, we resolved to seek to make Wiltshire carbon neutral by 2030, and in November 2019, it agreed to amend our business plan 2017-2027 to give prominence on the climate emergency in the plan.

Since then, we have appointed a Head of Carbon Reduction and made significant changes across a range of services in the authority to help tackle climate change.

Commenting on the progress made in the past six months, Cllr Richard Clewer, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: "I'm delighted that we've made such good progress across the council to contribute towards our resolution to become carbon neutral by 2030.

"We recognise that there is much to do to meet this target, but we have made promising strides forward and there is much more to come...Climate change affects every service we provide, so by taking a council-wide approach we can make a significant number of changes across all services to help us reach our target."

 More on the progress made here.

 

 

 

Healthwatch Wiltshire Survey

 

Dear COVID 19 Support Groups,

 

Help us gather feedback on health, care and community services during Covid-19 outbreak

At Healthwatch Wiltshire we are continuing to gather people's experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic, and are running a survey which will close this Sunday 12 July.

We’d like to give Wiltshire people one final opportunity to complete our survey which asks for their views and experiences of information, health, care and community services, and is relevant to anyone living in Wiltshire. It can be completed online, or by phone by calling 01225 434218.

We’d be very grateful if you are able to share it on social media, with colleagues, volunteers, people who use your service and wider contacts as appropriate.

You can either download a poster from our website or use the text below:

Wiltshire residents – please share your views about health, care and community services during the pandemic by completing this survey by Sunday 12 July

Healthwatch Wiltshire are asking how has the coronavirus outbreak affected you and your loved ones? Share your experiences of health, care and community services during the pandemic. What's working well and what could be better?

You can complete the online survey here.

The survey can also be completed over the phone - call 01225 434218 to arrange and a member of the Healthwatch Wiltshire team will call you back.

Survey closes Sunday 12 July.

You can also share posts on our social media channels to help us spread the word - please follow us on

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

We really appreciate any help you can give us to ensure that people from Wiltshire can share their views.

Many thanks

Julie Brown
Healthwatch Wiltshire Manager

More information is available on our website.

LOCAL NEWS.

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