Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 26 March

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases


Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is below the national average and rates have fallen again, we still need to keep playing our part.
The rate of cases per 100k has decreased from 35.2 to 27.2.
The case numbers continue to move in the right direction, you're all making a huge difference. Thank you.

Service updates and advice as the first stage of lockdown is eased

From 29 March, you can meet outside only, in groups of up to six from different households (the Rule of 6) or two households of any size. This includes in private gardens, but please follow this advice closely and don't break the rules.

The ‘stay at home’ rule will also end on 29 March, but please continue to work from home where possible and minimise the number of journeys you make.

Outdoor sports facilities

Some outdoor sports facilities can reopen from 29 March and you will be able to play formalised sports such as football and tennis.

The council leisure facilities that will be open from 29 March include the tennis courts at Springfield Community Campus in Corsham, the football pitches at Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre in Salisbury for club block bookings, and the tennis courts at the Nadder Centre in Tisbury.

Litter picks

Organised group litter picks can take place in Wiltshire from 29 March, so long as you stick to the Rule of 6 and maintain social distancing.

If you wish to pick litter in your local area, if you can, please dispose of it in your home kerbside waste and recycling collection services. Or if you're planning a large litter pick, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. two weeks before the litter pick to arrange a suitable collection point.

Shielding ends on 31 March

On 31 March, the requirement for the clinically extremely vulnerable to shield will formally end, and while this is welcome news, the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub remains in place for people who may need additional support. You can call the hub on 0300 003 4576 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday.

 

Unpaid carers now invited to have COVID-19 vaccination

Wiltshire unpaid carers aged 16+ are now being invited for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Unpaid carers who have a carer flag on their GP record will be contacted by their GP practice.

A list of unpaid carers known to us, Carer Support Wiltshire and Youth Action Wiltshire has been shared with the NHS so those who have not already been invited to have a vaccine can be contacted and sent a letter of invitation.

If you are an unpaid carer but are not already known to any of these organisations, you can contact your GP surgery to register as a carer.

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118.

Elections – we need you

With elections taking place in May, we are asking for people to put themselves forward to carry out a number of paid roles, and help support the local democratic process.

A number of elections are taking place on 6 May, including unitary, town and parish and Police and Crime Commissioner, as well as 10 neighbourhood planning referendums.

We have a number of roles available for people to carry out from 6 – 10 May. The elections, verification and count are taking place over five days, which takes into account the restrictions brought on by the pandemic.

There will be polling stations up and down the county, with the three count venues at the Olympiad in Chippenham, County Hall in Trowbridge, and Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre in Salisbury.

The roles available include Poll Clerk, Presiding Officer, postal vote opening and general support staff.

If you're interested please visit our website for more information on the roles and to express your interest.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we want as many of you as possible to vote by post in May’s elections, as this is the most safest and convenient way. For more information, please visit our website.

 

Census 2021

Have you completed your census form yet?

By taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as schools, doctors’ surgeries and bike lanes.

It’s important you fill in your census questionnaire because the information you share affects the life of every single person living in England and Wales.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, your information is protected by law. That means government officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see it.

If you need help, you can visit www.census.gov.uk where there’s a wide range of support services available.

 

Easter holiday childcare for parents



We have worked with local childminders and activity providers to create a childcare directory for parents that need to work during the upcoming Easter holidays. There is a charge for all provision detailed in the directory.

The first option for any parent needing childcare during the Easter school holidays is to consider forming a childcare bubble locally.

The government has said that people who need childcare during the school holidays for a child under 14 can form a childcare bubble with one other household. Ideally this should be with somebody who live locally. Additional guidance on forming childcare bubbles can be found online.

Where a childcare bubble is not possible, parents can use our directory with details of local childcare providers, fees and locations and contact details.

More details on the childcare directory

Download the directory here

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 24 March

 

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases
Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is below the national average and rates have fallen again, we still need to keep playing our part.
The rate of cases per 100k has decreased from 41.4 to 35.
As the case numbers continue to show, you're all making a huge difference. Thank you.

 

Rapid lateral flow testing programmes for businesses

As part of the government's roadmap to cautiously lift restrictions, businesses of all sizes, including now those with fewer than 50 employees, can register to order free lateral flow tests for their employees.

Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus don't have symptoms, which means they could be spreading the virus in workplaces without knowing. Rapid testing detects cases quickly - in under 30 minutes - meaning positive cases can isolate immediately, breaking chains of transmission.

Regular testing could be the difference between a workplace being able to stay open and operational, or needing to close due to a COVID-19 outbreak. It will form a crucial part of the government's plan to gradually and safely ease restrictions as we get back to a more normal life.


More details on rapid lateral flow testing programmes for businesses

 

Attending COVID-19 vaccination appointments and taking COVID-19 tests during Ramadan

If you're a practicing Muslim and have a vaccination appointment during Ramadan (Monday 12 April - Wednesday 12 May), the current advice from the British Islamic Medical Association is that having the vaccine does not invalidate fasting, and all practising Muslims invited to be vaccinated in the coming weeks should do so.

The British Islamic Medical Association have also confirmed the view of the majority of Islamic scholars is that taking polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or lateral flow device (LFD) tests during Ramadan does not invalidate the fast.

More details on the advice around tests and vaccinations during Ramadan

 

Elections on the horizon



Local elections are due to take place on 6 May for the 98 Wiltshire Council unitary divisions, as well as town and parishes.

The Police and Crime Commissioner election also takes place on 6 May as do a number of Neighbourhood Plan Referendums.

Here are some of the other local elections key dates coming up for you to look out for: •Publication of those nominated – 9 April
•Deadline for registering to vote – 19 April
•Deadline for registering to vote by post or postal proxy applications – 20 April (5pm)
•Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy – 27 April (5pm)
•Polling day – 6 May (7am – 10pm)
•Verification/count – 7 – 10 May
Due to the ongoing pandemic we want as many of you as possible to register to vote via post.

You can go online for more information and to get a form.

More details on the upcoming elections

  

Food Standards Agency encourages young people to ‘Speak Up For Allergies’

The Food Standards Agency has launched a campaign advising young adults to speak up about their food allergies every time they order a takeaway.

Research shows that children and young people are at a higher risk of experiencing food allergy reactions. And while many are confident about managing their food allergy in general, they are less likely to tell a café or restaurant about their allergy, particularly if they have eaten a meal from the same place before.

 

More details on the '#Speak up for Allergies' campaign

 

Easter holiday childcare for parents



We have worked with local childminders and activity providers to create a childcare directory for parents that need to work during the upcoming Easter holidays. There is a charge for all provision detailed in the directory.

The first option for any parent needing childcare during the Easter school holidays is to consider forming a childcare bubble locally.

The government has said that people who need childcare during the school holidays for a child under 14 can form a childcare bubble with one other household. Ideally this should be with somebody who live locally. Additional guidance on forming childcare bubbles can be found online.

Where a childcare bubble is not possible, parents can use our directory with details of local childcare providers, fees and locations and contact details.

 

More details on the child care directory

Download the directory now

 

 Information evening to find out more about overnight short break car

 

Are you interested in offering overnight short break care for children with additional needs for small periods of time?

We operate an Overnight Short Breaks Scheme which offers a lifeline to families with children who may have a range of needs.

The team of carers are trained and supported to provide regular breaks for children with autism, learning disabilities or physical disabilities.

If you want to know more, come along to our online information evening on Thursday 25th March at 7pm.

 

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 18 March

 

 

Targeted COVID-19 rapid community testing update


 
Our rollout of the government’s rapid COVID-19 community testing initiative locally to help drive down transmission rates continues.
 
The programme, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, is specifically aimed at asymptomatic people at small businesses who cannot work from home, and private early years settings and childminders. It has also been confirmed that students who require a lateral flow test before going back to university can also use the sites.
 
You can now book a test at all four centres at Devizes Leisure Centre, Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre in Salisbury, Monkton Park in Chippenham, and County Hall in Trowbridge.
 
The centres cannot accept people dropping in, and everyone must book an appointment and not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
 
The self-administered test should take no more than 15 minutes and results should be known within half an hour.
 
Free testing continues to be available to everyone in Wiltshire who has COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature, continuous cough or loss of/change in taste or smell. You should visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 to book a test in that instance.
 
Anyone who receives a positive Lateral Flow Test result automatically activates legal obligations to self-isolate, and may also claim for a Test and Trace payment if they are eligible.
 
You can book your place on our website, where you will also find additional information, including FAQs.

 

 

Dropping off and picking up your child from school

 

We’re asking parents not to stop and chat with other parents when they drop their child at school and pick them up.

This will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On the journey to and from school, please remember to observe social distancing at all times.

Thank you for your support.

 

 

Stopping smoking during COVID doesn’t have to be stressful


 
The last year has been difficult for many of us. Stress and concern about our health is on the rise.
 
For smokers this has pulled them in two directions. On the one hand, the chances of smokers successfully quitting are has high as they’ve ever been. On the other, smokers experiencing stress and mental distress are more likely to be smoking more.
 
No Smoking Day took place this week (Wednesday 10 March) and is an opportunity for smokers to quit for good and could be less stressful than they fear and ultimately improve their sense of wellbeing. We all have less control over our lives than we’d like at the moment, but smokers can take some positive control on No Smoking Day. We want to encourage smokers to seize the moment and look forward to happier smokefree future.
 
Free stop smoking support is available at GP Practices and via our Health Improvement Coaches For further information visit Smokefree Wiltshire   
 
Please note that stop smoking support will no longer be available in Wiltshire pharmacies after the end of March 2021. If you would like further information about this please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Make today the day for taking that first step on your quit journey.

Wiltshire Council Community Champions COVID-19 Update 12 March

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is below the national average and rates have fallen again, we still need to keep playing our part. 

The rate of cases per 100k has decreased from 78.0 to 41.4.

The sacrifices we're all making are having a very positive impact, so please remember - hands, face, space.

 

Events organisers should think carefully before planning events
 

Wiltshire Council are advising event organisers to think carefully about making plans while there is uncertainty over data and what the future holds.

More details: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/event-organisers-urged-to-think-carefully-before-planning-events-while-future-is-uncertain 

 

Dropping off and picking up your child from school

When you drop your child at school and pick them up, please don't stop to chat with other parents.

This will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On the journey to and from school, please remember to observe social distancing.

Thank you for your support.

 

Remember to shop safely

 

Heading to the shops this weekend?

Remember your COVID-19 shop safe checklist:


Face with medical mask Wear a face covering
Man Woman Stay 2m apart from others

Handshake Sanitise hands

Bread Consider shopping at off peak times (after 6pm)

These steps will help stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

 After you've had your vaccine 

 

If you've had the COVID-19 vaccine, you could still spread coronavirus.

In order to keep others around you safe, please continue to follow government guidelines including social distancing, wearing a face mask and washing your hands regularly.

 


Targeted COVID-19 rapid community testing

Rapid symptom-free testing is available for those who work for small businesses, staff at private non-maintained early years settings, childminders and for students who need a lateral flow test before they go back to university.

There are test centres in Devizes, Salisbury and Chippenham, and Trowbridge.

More info: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus-testing

 

 

The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time. The hub can provide support to those who don't have support around them and also signpost to where additional help is available.
You can call the hub on 0300 003 4576 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It's open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.


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