Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 5th August

 

COVID-19

Visit our website for the latest information about our services and COVID-19 support. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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.

 

 

Reopening of Leisure Centres

Leisure centres to start reopening next month
Briefing Note No. 20-25

Wiltshire Council COVID -19 Update - 15 July

COVID-19
Visit our website for the latest information about our services and COVID-19 support. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

You can also visit:
Central government COVID-19 updates
NHS 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.

To find out how to make your own face covering click here.

Find full guidance on when to wear a face covering here.

 

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.

More information here.

 

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.

 More on the testing sites here .

 

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:

Low mood
Panic, stress, worry and low level anxiety
Problems sleeping
Anger difficulties
Low self-esteem
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

For more information on this service click here.

 

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."

 More on the progress made here.

 

 

 

Healthwatch Wiltshire Survey

 

Dear COVID 19 Support Groups,

 

Help us gather feedback on health, care and community services during Covid-19 outbreak

At Healthwatch Wiltshire we are continuing to gather people's experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic, and are running a survey which will close this Sunday 12 July.

We’d like to give Wiltshire people one final opportunity to complete our survey which asks for their views and experiences of information, health, care and community services, and is relevant to anyone living in Wiltshire. It can be completed online, or by phone by calling 01225 434218.

We’d be very grateful if you are able to share it on social media, with colleagues, volunteers, people who use your service and wider contacts as appropriate.

You can either download a poster from our website or use the text below:

Wiltshire residents – please share your views about health, care and community services during the pandemic by completing this survey by Sunday 12 July

Healthwatch Wiltshire are asking how has the coronavirus outbreak affected you and your loved ones? Share your experiences of health, care and community services during the pandemic. What's working well and what could be better?

You can complete the online survey here.

The survey can also be completed over the phone - call 01225 434218 to arrange and a member of the Healthwatch Wiltshire team will call you back.

Survey closes Sunday 12 July.

You can also share posts on our social media channels to help us spread the word - please follow us on

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

We really appreciate any help you can give us to ensure that people from Wiltshire can share their views.

Many thanks

Julie Brown
Healthwatch Wiltshire Manager

More information is available on our website.

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Latest News from Wiltshire Council 

Minor Injury Units in Chippenham and Trowbridge to temporarily close as part of COVID-19 response 

The Minor Injury Units (MIUs) at Chippenham Community Hospital and Trowbridge Community Hospital will close temporarily from 5pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020 so that staff can be redeployed across the local health and care system to provide vital additional capacity.

Both MIUs have seen a significant drop in patient numbers since the start of the COVID-19 crisis as local people increasingly follow self-care advice and seek help from the online 111 service.  The closures of these MIUs have been put in place as a temporary measure and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with a view to reopening the units as soon as it is feasible and sustainable to do so.

The NHS and its partners across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire continue to work together to ensure the services provided have the resources and resilience they need to deal with the problems posed by COVID-19.

Patients with minor injuries should visit the NHS 111 online service. This will provide advice on where to go for the best care for their symptoms. People should only phone 111 if they cannot access the 111 online service.

Those patients who feel that they need a GP appointment should call their local GP practice and are likely to be offered a phone or video consultation in the first instance, unless a face-to-face appointment is absolutely necessary.  As per NHS guidance no-one with COVID-19 symptoms should attend any medical setting unless explicitly directed to do by the NHS 111 service or a 999 call operator.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appeal

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital to help protect our frontline workers, allowing them to continue delivering critical services in the community, whilst also limiting the spread of COVID-19.

With high demand for PPE across the nation, Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police have launched a joint appeal for support from local PPE suppliers or any businesses that have stock which could be used.

We are asking local businesses for any support that they might be able to kindly provide with supplies of PPE as a short-term measure whilst national supply chains work hard to catch up with demand. This will help allow our staff and our colleagues in Wiltshire Police to continue to support our most vulnerable residents and ensure we can deliver critical services across the county at this challenging time.

The key items required are water repellent disposable surgical face masks, non-latex gloves, disposable plastic aprons and hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol content).

If you know of any local businesses that can help with the supply of PPE please ask them to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line PPE support.

Wiltshire wellbeing hub

Our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub, which is available via email and phone, has been working hard to provide support for our county’s most vulnerable residents. Our teams continue to make daily calls to people identified by central government to see if these individuals require support and we have also received 781 calls to our designated hotline from other members of the community requiring assistance.

This virtual hub can be contacted by email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling our designated hotline, 0300 003 4576.  It’s available from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Hundreds of food parcels are being delivered across Wiltshire to help older people and families who need additional help at this time.

We’re asking Wiltshire children to make them additionally special by creating a lovely rainbow picture, with a personal message if they wish, which can be attached to the outside of the parcel as they are sent out.

Please encourage children to send pictures to: Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury SP1 3NR.

Business Support

We are administering the £10,000 grant for businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or rural rates relief. We are also administering the £10,000 grant for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000 and for those businesses with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 a grant of £25,000.

Over 4,400 applications have now been received and are currently being assessed. Of these applications, 50% contain all the necessary information for the grant to be processed fairly quickly. The remainder require further assessment or due diligence resulting in a delay in processing the claim. Further messaging will be issued through the communications channels to remind businesses to provide all the information in order that they receive this vital funding as soon as possible.

So far we have transferred £5m to local businesses with further grants being issued today.

Our Public Protection team have received 59 complaints from members of the public, mainly about social distancing measures in place in those businesses that remain open with a few relating to businesses operating when it’s perceived they should be closed.

The team have also received 23 enquiries from businesses direct seeking further advice.

Interactive map to help you find local COVID-19 support

The Council has created an online interactive map that allows people to see what COVID-19 community support is available in their neighbourhood and throughout the county.

The map, which will be regularly updated, can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus and people simply have to type in their town/village/city name or a postcode in a search box and the system will automatically take them to that location and highlight the support available in that area, which will be marked by red stars. Clicking on the red stars will bring up information about the groups, including their contact details and a summary of the type of support and services they are providing.

The information on the mapping system can also be found in the Council’s regularly updated Community Groups Directory.

This system complements our Community Groups Directory and allows people to find out about the local support available with just a few clicks.

Government WhatsApp service

The government has launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp. The new, free to use, service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.

This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow members of the public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government. The service will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting.

The service will also allow the government to send messages to all opted-in users if required.

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.  Please share this information with your communities.

Regards

 

Cllr Philip Whitehead

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