Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 22 January


Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases 

Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is below the national average and rates have fallen slightly, there's still a long way to go.
The rate of cases per 100k has decreased from 364.8 to 356.8.
We all need to keep playing our part to stop the spread of the virus, so please remember - stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.


Wiltshire COVID-19 Public update - Live!

We will be broadcasting our fourth live public COVID-19 update next week, which will include an NHS update on the local vaccination programme, the latest local information on the council’s response, and answering questions sent in by our residents.

The broadcast takes place on Wednesday 27 January at 7pm. The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams, so please join us online.

Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, will once again be joined by Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council, and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health, to help guide people through the latest information and regulations.

You can submit your questions about COVID-19 and the local response in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm on Monday 25 January.

Read more here.


Play your part in helping your local NHS


The NHS in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire is working with its partners from across the region to support frontline health and care staff in caring for patients, following an incredibly busy and pressurised start to the new year.

A sustained increase in seriously ill coronavirus patients, set against a backdrop of COVID-related staff absences, reduced clinical space due to social distancing regulations and a need to continue providing safe urgent and emergency care, has led to all parts of the health and care system facing significant pressure.

The NHS are appealing for everyone to get behind them and play their part, whether it's being there to take relatives home from hospital in a timely manner, using NHS 111 for non-life-threatening emergencies instead of going straight to hospital, or just following the latest social distancing guidelines.

Read more on how you can play your part

'Jog on' and think carefully about where you exercise

Please think carefully about where you do your daily exercise and 'jog on' if you travel too far or there's too many people.
Residents have raised concerns about large numbers of people at some of Wiltshire's beauty spots and popular areas, and we're encouraging everyone to be sensible when out and about and enjoying daily exercise.

The national lockdown stay at home rules state that you should minimise time spent outside your home, but can leave home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

Read more here

Visiting shops and supermarkets

If you need to visit a shop or supermarket to pick up some essential items, please pause and ensure the following: •You're wearing a face covering (unless medically exempt)
•You're 2 metres apart from others
•You're sanitising your hands regularly

Every Mind Matters


The impact and experience of the COVID-19 outbreak has been different for everyone, as has how we have reacted, but there's no doubt it's been a really difficult time for us all.

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

The NHS has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Read more on Every Mind Matters


Could you help transport people to get their COVID-19 vaccination?

Our friends at Community First are looking for volunteers in the local community to help transport people to get their COVID-19 vaccination.

If you are able to help, please call 01380 722241 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Bus pass time restrictions temporarily lifted in Wiltshire from 1 February

From Monday 1 February start time restrictions on Wiltshire Council bus passes will be temporarily lifted, to give people more opportunities to get to COVID-19 vaccination appointments they may have.

Usually, people can only use their bus passes from 9:30am, but people will be able to use them at any time until schools fully reopen.

Full details on the bus pass time restrictions being temporarily lifted.


Salisbury and Bath to play host to large-scale NHS Vaccination Centres

The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will now benefit from the introduction of two large-scale NHS Vaccination Centres.

Based at Salisbury City Hall and Bath Racecourse, the two venues, which open their doors to patients with pre-arranged appointments from today, will be capable of delivering thousands of life-saving vaccines each week.

All people currently eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, and living within a 45-minute drive of each venue, will be written to in the coming days with details of how to book an appointment.

Full details on the two large scale NHS Vaccine Centres

Volunteer to help at Salisbury District Hospital or City Hall Vaccination Centre


Vaccine mythbusting for people with learning disabilities

NHS England has developed a short video for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people about the COVID-19 vaccination.

It describes what a vaccine is, how they are made, why it's safe to have one and more.

Watch the video now


Vaccine information available for older adults

If you're an older adult, or know someone who is, information is available explaining all about COVID-19, the vaccine process, how the vaccine protects us and common side effects.

Read the information here


Wiltshire Citizens Advice recent changes to general advice services

With the new national lockdown, the Wiltshire Citizens Advice drop-in services remain closed. However, they are continuing to provide advice services over the phone and by email.

To support this they've recently changed their adviceline service to a freephone number 0800 144 8848. It is now free to call in Wiltshire from mobiles and landlines. They also have more advisers than ever before answering calls.

They have also have a dedicated page on their local website for people to securely email.


Cold weather alert 

Wiltshire has been issued with a yellow cold weather alert for today (22 January) and tomorrow (23 January) by the Met Office and Public Health England.

This means that snow and ice may cause travel disruption.

What to expect
Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, increasing the likelihood of accidents and injuries
Some roads and railways likely to be affected by snowfall, with longer journey times by car as well as bus and train services



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