Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 5th August



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Eat Out to Help Out

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is now live. A number of restaurants, cafes, bars and other establishments across Wiltshire have signed up. If you want to take advantage of the scheme, look out for the logo or use the new online restaurant finder.

How the scheme works at a participating establishment:

•get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)

•every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August

•as many times as you like

You do not need a voucher to use the scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend.

You cannot claim discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges.

All diners in a group of any size can use the discount

Find out more here.


Vital business grants funding closes soon

 Businesses in Wiltshire are being urged to apply for vital grant funding before the schemes close on Friday 28 August 2020.

Nearly 7,500 businesses in the county have benefitted from either a £10,000 Small Business Grant, or a £10,000 or £25,000 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. This funding, which does not have to be repaid, has offered a lifeline to many small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

These grant schemes are still open and eligible businesses are being encouraged to apply online as soon as possible. Applications and any additional information required must be received by 5pm on Monday 24 August 2020 to allow sufficient time for the application to be processed and the funding paid before the grants programme closes.

Read more here.


Maintaining social distancing 

Do you have difficulties maintaining social distancing, or know someone that does?

The government have designed badges that can be used to signal to others around you that they need to pay extra attention and give you more space.

Download the badge here.


Museums in Wiltshire are reopening

You are once again able to explore the varied collections of a number of Wiltshire’s museums. Sites such as Wiltshire Museum, Chippenham Museum and The Salisbury Museum have opened their doors after a long time away, and they are taking all necessary measures to ensure that you will enjoy your visit, whilst still maintaining social distancing and ensuring that everyone remains safe.

More museums will begin to open across the county once they too can ensure the safety of all involved. For those that are already open, however, there have been changes, such as limited opening hours, or entrance via booked or timed slots only. You should check the website or social media of each museum before visiting so that your experience is as enjoyable as possible.

Find out which museums are open here.


Restarting MOT Testing

Mandatory MOT testing has been reintroduced as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are eased when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

Read more here.


Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

If you're recovering from COVID-19, you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.

For full details of the help available click here.


Heatwave expected over the next few days

The Met Office has announced there is a 90 % probability of Heat-Health criteria being met between 12:00 today and 09:00 on Sunday in parts of England.

Increased summer-time temperatures can cause dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Older people, babies and young children and people with long term conditions can be especially vulnerable in the hot weather but we can all take simple steps to ensure everyone enjoys warmer weather.

Read more here.



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