Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 5 March



Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is below the national average and rates have fallen again, there's still a long way to go.
The rate of cases per 100k has decreased from 101.6 to 78.0
The sacrifices we're all making are having a very positive impact, but 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.


Our staff are ready to support secondary schools as pupils go back to school next week

Our staff are volunteering in a number of secondary schools across the county from Monday providing support for pupils taking lateral flow tests as part of the back to school programme.

Council officers will be providing assistance over the next two to three weeks as the tests are rolled out.

On 22 February the government announced schools would reopen to all students from 8 March. Pupils in Year 7 and over have been asked to take twice weekly tests with the first three happening under supervision at school and then students will carry out the fourth test themselves using a home test kit. Pupils will then continue taking twice-weekly tests using a home test kit provided by the school.

Full details on council staff volunteering at secondary schools next week.


The Wiltshire Local Plan review consultation closes on Tuesday

With the Wiltshire Local Plan review consultation ending on Tuesday (9 March), you do not have long left to have your say on where future developments may be built in the county in the next 15 years.

All the Local Plan documents and an online form to submit your comments are on our website, but if you know someone without internet access who wants to have their say, they can call 0300 456 0100 to speak to our Spatial Planning team and submit their comments.

Find out more about the Local Plan review, view documents and have your say



Support our libraries in a global challenge to read for 200 million minutes!

Our library service in Wiltshire has joined a global campaign to eradicate illiteracy and build a brighter future for children and young people.

Throughout March from World Book Day today (4 March) to Children's Book Day (31 March), we're inviting children and young people from across Wiltshire to log with the library service the number of minutes they read each week. This will all help to achieve Wiltshire libraries' own target of 125,000 minutes, to add to the global challenge to read 200 million minutes!

All reading counts - paperbacks, magazines, comics, plays, newspapers and eBooks are all great. Children and young people are invited to complete a special log each week (or create their own) and email libraries with the total number of minutes read. Each week, the library service will log the minutes read and at the end of the challenge share the cumulative total.]

Find out more and take part



Holiday Activity and Food Programme 2021 - FUEL

We are delivering the Holiday Activity and Food programme to eligible children during the 2021 Easter, summer and Christmas school holiday periods.

The programme will deliver free activity and food provision to children who receive free school meals.

The Easter offer will see healthy packed lunches provided and an activity pack that enables children to be physically active at home.

The Holiday Activity and Food programme will be promoted as ‘FUEL – The free holiday activity and food programme’.

For further information about the Holiday Activity and Food Programme in Wiltshire please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fancy a change of career?

We are encouraging people who may have time to spare or thinking of a new career in social care to join a government scheme that will support care provision across the county.

We have been provided with government funding, and £811,000 has been given to care providers to help them employ additional help where needed.

People who are interested could already have a background in care, or can complete the short training that we provide.

Find out more here


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A wonderful place to visit with a wealth of attractions right on the doorstep.


Malmesbury is a beautiful town to visit in its own right and attractions include the jewel in our crown being Malmesbury Abbey, the fabulous Abbey House Gardens, and Malmesbury’s 15th century Market Cross.

For more than two and a half millennia successive generations have populated this hilltop, which forms the centre of the community we now call Malmesbury.


Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9BZ

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