Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update - 29 May 2020

 

 

NHS test and trace: how it works

The NHS test and trace service:

  • ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents
  • helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus

This service has been introduced to help return life more to normal, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care. It will allow us to trace the spread of the virus and isolate new infections and play a vital role giving us early warning if the virus is increasing again, locally or nationally.

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works?utm_source=62c084ed-8a21-47f3-aba6-0026b5bc0ec0&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate 

 

Retail stores and shops set to reopen next month

Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month, if they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe.

  • Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. As with garden centres, the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in these outdoor and more open spaces. Car showrooms often have significant outdoor space and it is generally easier to apply social distancing.

  • All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios and indoor markets, are expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-sets-out-timeline-for-retail-to-reopen-in-june 

Social distancing guidance for young people

The Cabinet Office has recently published guidance for young people in England on social distancing, that explains the new measures that will help young people stay safe as rules on being outside, or at school or work, change.

The guidance covers visiting public places, meeting in groups, going to work, and going to other people’s houses. It also includes advice for young carers and information on how to access health and care services.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-guidance-for-young-people/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-guidance-for-young-people 

 

Active at Home booklet

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This 'Active at Home' booklet has been produced to provide practical guidance to older adults on home-based activities to maintain their strength and balance.

It follows concerns that low levels of physical activity in older adults will lead to reduced fitness resulting in loss of independence and need for care in the future.

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/50-resource-ordering/resources/5118 

 

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update - 27 May 2020

Firstly, I am very sad to share the news that former councillor Lionel Grundy OBE has sadly passed away. 

A memorial service will be held as soon as that becomes possible. 

 

Public Health

  • Wiltshire has had 552 confirmed cases of COVID-19 which constitutes 104 cases per 100,000 people (compared to the average national rate of 268 per 100,000).  Whilst the current level is very low we expect an increase in confirmed cases as testing is rolled out across the whole population
  • Up to week ending 8 May, there were 128 hospital deaths and 129 care home deaths due to COVID, with the majority of deaths in the 80 + age range

 

Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub

  • The Wellbeing Hub has adjusted its opening hours from this week – now operating 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday. 

 

Government Update

 Earlier this week, the Prime Minister set out a timeline for retail to reopen from Monday 1 June, and further guidance has been published for how to operate safely to protect staff and customers. 

 Full details of the announcement can be found here: https://bit.ly/RetailTimeline.

 Guidance for reopening can be found here: https://bit.ly/UpdatedRetailGuidance

 Key details to note:

  • Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. 
  • All other non-essential retail will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.
  • Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 securein line with the current Health and Safety legislation.

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is hosting a free webinar for retail businesses on Thursday 28 May to make their workplace COVID-19 secure.  Anyone wishing to join the webinar can register using the following link https://bit.ly/BEISWebinars.

 

 

Business Update

 LA administered grant schemes

 We are encouraging businesses to complete the existing form on our website, http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19-grants if they are applying for the existing small business grant or the retail, hospitality and leisure grants.

 Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate scheme launched today

Employers can now make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme.

 This scheme enables small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus related SSP. Employers can make their claim through the new online service and receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.

 

Preventing and controlling the risk of Legionella when re-opening your business

Our Public Protection team has written to over 4,000 local businesses providing advice on how to ensure that their water systems are safe, particularly where they have not been in use for some time if a business has been closed, to prevent future health issues such as Legionella outbreaks.

Businesses that may have any concerns about this guidance can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or view http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/env-health-safety-advice

 

Reopening High Streets Safely Fund

We have been awarded nearly £450,000 to support the safe reopening of high streets and other commercial areas. The money can be used to put in place additional measures to establish a safe trading environment for businesses and customers, particularly in high streets.

 We are currently reviewing the guidance.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/887244/Reopening_High_Streets_Safely_Fund_-_Guidance.pdf

 

 Highways Update

Pedestrian crossings

In response to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) new statutory guidance on 9 May 2020; 'Traffic Management Act 2004: network management in response to COVID-19’ , the council is making changes to the timings of its signal controlled pedestrian crossings to reduce the amount of time pedestrians are stood at a crossing, and in turn aid social distancing.

 Most pedestrian crossings in Wiltshire currently take up to 30 seconds from the time a pedestrian presses the button on a crossing for the ‘safe to cross’ green man to appear. However, this time is being reduced to a maximum of 15 seconds so pedestrians don’t have to wait so long, particularly in busy places.

 These changes will be rolled out over the next few weeks, starting in the larger urban areas, before moving to crossings in villages and other areas. We recognise this may affect traffic flow in certain locations, so we will keep this under review and make changes as necessary.

 

Road layout changes

The first project to make significant changes to road layouts, to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians, is due to start and be completed in Devizes on Thursday 28 May.The changes at St John Street and High Street will widen the footway to support pedestrians achieve social distancing and will help to link to The Brittox shopping area.

 The proposal, which is subject to a road safety audit, will reduce the length of the existing taxi rank, but it will give more pedestrian space and improve visibility as vehicles approach the zebra crossing, and will be kept under review to ensure the change is working effectively.

 

Mental Health Training for Volunteers

 Wiltshire Council has provided mental health and resilience webinars to volunteers who have been supporting residents during COVID-19.

 The council has been in regular contact with community groups throughout this challenging time and it was felt it would be beneficial to offer training to support volunteers’ mental health and give them the tools to look after themselves should they require it.

 The first session, organised and delivered by the council’s public health team,took place last week during Mental Health Awareness Week and was free to take part.  The webinars are delivered virtually and cover a range of topics, including tips for maintaining perspective and managing expectations when volunteering in the community, how to tell when someone needs support, and useful signposting.

 There is a range of mental health support and signposting on the Wiltshire Council website, including Every Mind Matters resources. It can be found at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-mental-health

 

Neighbourhood Plans

 Wiltshire Council has the third highest number of ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plans in the country – as a national milestone of 1,000 made local plans has been passed. 

Neighbourhood Plans give communities direct power to develop and shape the development and growth of their local area, allowing local people to choose where they want new homes, shops and other developments to be built. This allows people to plan for developments that meet their own community’s needs.

As the local planning authority, Wiltshire Council has 31 ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plans. It has been able to achieve this as the council’s Core Strategy provides strategic policies that help to make it easy to shape Neighbourhood Plans and other planning documents.

Wiltshire Council continues to offer support and guidance to town and parish councils with neighbourhood planning despite the ongoing COVID-19 situation. It is only at the referendum stage of the Neighbourhood Plan process that government has made any firm decision to stop the process.

There are currently five Neighbourhood Plans – Lydiard Millicent NP, North Bradley NP, Market Lavington NP, Seagry Parish NP and Tockenham NP – awaiting a referendum, and these have recently been postponed. However, these Neighbourhood Plans can still be given significant weight in decision making on planning applications in their area, despite the referendums not yet having taken place.

To find out more about Neighbourhood Planning in Wiltshire, please see: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-neighbourhood

 

Fly-tipping campaign

 A Wiltshire resident has become the first recipient of a financial reward through the council’s ‘We’re Targeting Fly-tipping’ (WTF) campaign after witnessing an offence of fly-tipping in Purton. The resident reported the incident via the My Wiltshire app and provided a witness statement to council environmental enforcement officers. The investigation led officers to the fly-tipper, who was issued with a £400 fixed penalty by the enforcement team as a result of his careless and criminal actions. The fixed penalty notice was paid in full by the offender.

 The council is committed to cracking down on waste crimes such as fly-tipping, and will pursue all reports with evidence. Fixed penalty notices are a significant tool in combating this illegal activity, and the ‘We’re Targeting Fly-tipping’ campaign continues to raise the awareness that fly-tipping is a criminal offence and the council will work tirelessly to apprehend offenders. The reward scheme linked to this campaign will certainly assist in combating this illegal activity.

 Environmental enforcement officers are investigating several offences of fly-tipping that have occurred in Wiltshire since the lockdown. Formal interviews under caution will be arranged and conducted as soon as it is safe to do so in line with government guidance.

 Residents can report fly-tipping at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywiltshire-online-reporting or by calling 0300 456 0100.

 To find out more about the ‘We’re Targeting Fly-tipping’ campaign and rewards, including terms and conditions, please see www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community-environment-wtf

 

Regards

 

Cllr Philip Whitehead

 

 

 

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update - 24 May 2020

Cabinet and Full Council Meeting Update

 Following the success of the online Cabinet meeting on Tuesday,  the next Cabinet meeting in June will also take place online. An online Full Council meeting will be scheduled for Tuesday 16 June and this will be followed by meetings of the Area Boards to elect Chairs and Vice Chairs.

Further details of the Full Council meeting and elections of committee and Area Board Chairs will be provided in due course.

 

Reopening of schools

On Friday 22 May I wrote to all headteachers to reassure them that they should not feel compelled to open to all the additional year groups on 1 June.  Whilst it is recognised that it is of the upmost importance for children to resume their education, so they can learn and interact with their peers, it is the council's responsibility to work with schools to ensure that this is done in such a way that we minimise the risks to the school community. The council will support schools in implementing a phased return of pupils and students to manage this situation safely.

 You can read the full letter online

 

Household Recycling Centre Update

We continue to see large volumes of traffic at our household recycling centres (HRCs) with significant queues throughout the day at some locations. However, queues are being well managed by the on-site marshals and regular updates on HRC waiting times are being provided to residents via council social media channels and local media partners.

We continue to review our guidance and postcode tracker during this initial opening phase to ensure that residents can use the HRCs efficiently and safely.  A change has been made to the number of vehicle occupants that are permitted on site, although guidance remains that only one person from a vehicle can unload materials. Further changes to the guidance may be made over the following weeks, so people are advised to check the FAQs on the council website for the latest HRC updates before they travel.

 Please check that the local HRC is open before visiting as sites are closed on some days.

 

Wellbeing Hub Update

 The Wellbeing Hub continues to work effectively with partners and voluntary organisations to support vulnerable individuals.

 Headline figures (to 19 May):  

  • We have delivered over 1,174 food parcels
  • We have made 2,595 home visits
  • We have contacted 14,989 people in Wiltshire
  • We have received 2,469 emails
  • We have received 4,614 calls

 

The Wellbeing Hub can be accessed by anyone in need by calling the helpline on: 0300 003 4576 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Please note: The Wellbeing Hub opening times will be changing next week as follows:

Bank holiday Monday: 10am-4pm

From Tuesday 26 May (until further notice): 8am-6pm Mon to Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday to Sunday.

 

Food Bank Appeal

With some residents left particularly vulnerable by the COVID-19 situation, Wiltshire Council is encouraging people to continue to donate to their local food banks if they can.Some of the usual locations where people may have previously donated, such as schools and places of faith, are mainly unavailable at this time, but major supermarkets have food bank trolleys in their stores and people are encouraged to buy a couple of extra items to donate if they can.

Some food banks are reporting an upsurge in demand since COVD-19, with some of the likely reasons for this including some people being furloughed and the increased costs associated with whole families being at home for more time than normal. It is advised that items donated are non-perishable or with a decent amount of time left on the ‘use-by’ date.  Among the items people can donate, and perhaps don’t think to, include shower gel, jam, tinned potatoes, instant mash potato, tinned ham, long-life milk, tinned sponge puddings, tinned custard and tinned fruit and vegetables.

 The council has a local welfare assistance scheme for households who are struggling without funds, and it has also agreed to help food banks re-stock where they are running out of goods.

 A list and more details of Wiltshire’s food banks can be found in the ‘community information’ section of Wiltshire Council’s COVID-19 page at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus.

People can also donate money to local charities such as the Wiltshire Community Foundation, they are providing support to food banks via their Wiltshire & Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund. More information on that can be found at https://www.wiltshirecf.org.uk/Coronavirus%20Fund/. Their website can be found at https://www.wiltshirecf.org.uk/

 

Government Business Support and Initiatives

 BEIS working safely webinars

Following on from the Government's recent publication of workplace guidance, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be hosting a series of free webinars to help businesses make their workplace COVID-secure. Webinars for a number of different sectors will run from Wednesday 27 May and will run until Tuesday 2 June. Further information can be found by clicking on the following link https://bit.ly/BEISWebinars.

 

Pick for Britain campaign 

As you may have heard in Tuesday’s Downing Street press briefing, the Environment Secretary has launched a new ‘Pick for Britain’ website to address the fact that we are likely to only have about a third of our normal labour force for this year's harvest. 

 As such, Britain’s horticultural sector needs to rely on British workers to lend a hand to help bring that harvest home. Opportunities are available across the UK for those seeking a second job, particularly those that are furloughed.  Further information on how to find work or advertise job opportunities in Wiltshire can be found by clicking the following link https://bit.ly/Pick4Britain.

 

 Road Safety Campaign

 Wiltshire Police has launched a #SlowDownSaveLives road safety campaign to remind road users in the county to drive safely.

From now until early June, Wiltshire Police and forces throughout the UK and are undertaking a national enforcement operation to remind motorists of the importance of travelling within the speed limit. This operation is deliberately timed as the easing of Government travel restrictions has shown an increase in speeding on roads across the country.

Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum (LRF) partners will be supporting this campaign through social media channels. The Wiltshire Police press release can be read here.

 

Regards

 

 

Cllr Philip Whitehead

 

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update - 19 May 2020

Household Recycling Centre Update

All of Wiltshire’s household recycling centres (HRCs), bar Stanton St Quintin, reopened yesterday. As anticipated, there have been high volumes of visits to the sites on both days, with significant queues throughout the day in most locations. However, the queues were well managed by the on-site marshals. We have noticed that sites appear to be significantly busier in the morning than in the afternoon so please continue to support our messaging as we encourage people to either wait a few weeks before visiting or visit later in the day to avoid the early morning queues.

Measures to observe social distancing and maintain the safety of staff and public have been rolled out across all sites, and regular updates on the queue times at each site have been provided throughout the day to residents via council communication channels and partner media outlets, alongside key messages to remind people of the new arrangements in place.Initial reports from the HRCs indicate that the postcode tracker system is working effectively and the majority of visitors are aware of requirements around opening times, permissible materials, vehicle types and occupant numbers. We will continue to review and amend the postcode tracker and develop our guidance so please check our website for updates.

We expect demand to continue to be high during this initial opening phase, so please encourage people to delay their visit to an HRC if at all possible to minimise queuing time and remind them to check the FAQs on the council website before they set off.

Highways Update

 Following the announcement of the COVID-19 lockdown by Government in late March, many more people have been walking and cycling for exercise purposes or to access essential services. Because of the reduction in traffic, people have largely been able to do this in a safe manner. However, as the COVID-19 lockdown is eased, increased levels of traffic will make it more difficult for pedestrians and cyclists to safely achieve the 2m social distancing requirement and to travel and exercise safely. The importance of this is heightened by the Government advice for people to avoid using public transport where possible and to instead walk, cycle, or drive.

 In response to the above situation, the Department for Transport (DfT) issued the following new statutory guidance on 9 May 2020; 'Traffic Management Act 2004: network management in response to COVID-19’  which sets out an expectation for local authorities to make significant changes to their road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians. The guidance states that local authorities, where public transport use is low, should be considering all possible measures and that these measures should be taken as swiftly as possible, and in any event within weeks.In response, the council has formed multi-disciplinary teams of Officers for each community area who have initially been asked to identify potential sites and measures using their local and technical knowledge. Given the Government’s timescale requirements and the growing on-the-ground need, it is not proposed to carry out an extensive consultation process either with stakeholders or the public. Rather, officers will liaise with local Members (through Area Boards) and city, town and parish councils to further identity potential sites and measures using their local knowledge. In addition, suggestions from members of the public, stakeholders, partners and other bodies will be considered. Ultimately, it is proposed that all potential schemes will be assessed against the agreed criteria by a panel of officers to identify a priority list for design and implementation. Where applicable, measures will also be subject to a Road Safety Audit and accessibility audit prior to implementation.

 Most proposals are not likely to require Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTRO), but where they are required these will be subject to consultation and Cabinet Member approval in accordance with the latest DfT guidance. Members and the relevant city, town or parish councils will be informed of the intention to install the measure. Should you have any queries or suggestions, could you please forward it to Integrated Transport at the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The priority to complete this work will mean that this will be the focus of the teams who would normally complete Community Area Transport Group (CATG) work.  CATG projects will be suspended (unless currently working onsite) until it is practical to recommence.     

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

 Yesterday marked the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and young people in the county, including Members of the Wiltshire Youth Parliament, have shared their own experiences and wellbeing tips on how to manage everyday life during COVID-19 (click here to read more).

 Mental health issues can affect people of all ages and young people are no exception, so it is vital that we continue to raise awareness of such an important issue and ensure young people have access to the support they need, which includes the following:

The On Your Mind website has online resources and details of the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust  24/7 mental health helpline for children, young people and parents/carers.

9am – 5pm 01865 903777 – 5pm to 9am and weekends 01865 90100

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services  (CAMHS) 01865 903889

Kooth online anonymous counselling service

Young carer support is available with Carer Support Wiltshire

 

Cabinet Meeting – Tuesday, 19 May, 2020

 Cabinet held its first virtual meeting today which included a formal update on the council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 The meeting went well and thank you to members and officers for their participation and support throughout. You can view the papers from the meeting on our website https://cms.wiltshire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=141&MId=13064

 

Regards

 

Cllr Philip Whitehead

 

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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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