Commemorating the life of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
We're inviting you to share your thoughts and memories of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh in a special online book of condolence which will be available until the day after the funeral (Sunday 18 April).
The Union Jack has been lowered to half-mast on all our buildings as a mark of respect.
Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases
The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average and has fallen slightly this week.
The rate of cases per 100k has decreased from 21 to 16.8.
As some businesses begin to reopen, please continue to play your part to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Community testing and test collection sites for people who are symptom-free
As you may be aware, the Government announced that from Friday 9 April, everyone in England would be eligible for free rapid COVID-19 tests, twice a week.
Alongside the roll-out of the vaccine, regular testing is an essential part of the easing of restrictions, helping identify variants and stopping individual cases from becoming outbreaks. With one in three people with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, rapid lateral flow tests are a vital tool in helping to identify cases of coronavirus we would otherwise not find.
Lateral flow tests are easy to use and can give results in 30 minutes. After a positive test result, people alongside their household must self-isolate immediately for 10 days and may also claim for a Test and Trace payment if they are eligible. They should arrange a confirmatory PCR immediately by booking online or calling 119. As no test can guarantee 100% accuracy, if people receive a negative test, they should continue to socially distance, and follow the Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air guidance.
Covid restrictions eased (Monday 12 April)
Shops, gyms, libraries, hairdressers, beauty and nail salons and outdoor pubs and cafes were able to reopen yesterday (Monday 12 April).
There are no changes to social contact rules. Outdoor gatherings are still limited to six people or two households, and you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.
Leisure centres have reopened
All 20 leisure centres across the county reopened yesterday (Monday 12 April).
Leisure centres reopened with gym, swimming and some racket sports court hire available. Indoor group exercise classes are not permitted to resume until 17 May at the earliest, so most leisure centres will instead be offering some outdoor group exercise class programmes, with limited numbers.
The 10 leisure centres run by Places Leisure on our behalf have also reopened with bookings for gym and swim available online on the Places Leisure website. For information about Places Leisure managed services, please visit the Places Leisure re-opening information hub.
Libraries and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre have reopened
Wiltshire's 22 libraries and three mobile libraries and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre reopened yesterday (Monday 12 April).
Box, Durrington, Ludgershall, Lyneham, Market Lavington, Purton, Ramsbury and Tisbury will remain closed for now. We are working with the libraries' volunteers to reopen these as soon as possible.
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre will have limited reopening from today (Tuesday 13 April) between 9.30am to 5pm, but customers will need to book visits in advance. Spaces are limited due to social distancing requirements and to ensure customer and staff safety. Customers will be asked to order any documents they wish to consult in advance of their visit, as documents will be quarantined 72 hours before and after their visit.
Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub taking on additional role
The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub has proved a lifeline to many local residents during the pandemic.
The multi-agency hub has provided support, guidance and signposting helping to provide a community response to assist those who are at highest risk of serious illness if they contract COVID-19 - the clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable.
The Hub now has an additional role of supporting those self-isolating due to a positive test or as a close contact where they don't have friends and family to help. The Hub can provide advice or support for individuals who are required to self-isolate and need practical, social and emotional support.
Elections update: Candidates confirmed, apply to vote by post if you can, poll clerks wanted
The candidates for the upcoming unitary, town and parish, and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections have been confirmed.
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 the same day, as do a number of neighbourhood planning referendums.
The candidates for each of the elections have been published on our website and can be found below:
•Police and Crime Commissioner Election
•Town and parish elections - Wiltshire Council
It’s still not too late to vote via post or in person, and it literally only takes a few moments to do. We encourage you to vote by post if you can as this is the safest and most convenient way. More information can be found on our website.
If you’re looking to earn some extra money, we also have a number of election roles available, including being a Poll Clerk on 6 May. Training is available to please visit our website for more information and full job descriptions. We’d love to hear from you.
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