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Central government COVID-19 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.
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.
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.
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:
Panic, stress, worry and low level anxiety
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
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."