Leisure centres to start reopening next month
Briefing Note No. 20-25
Wiltshire Council Corona Virus Updates
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Central government COVID-19 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.
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.
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.
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:
Panic, stress, worry and low level anxiety
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
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."
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
We really appreciate any help you can give us to ensure that people from Wiltshire can share their views.
Healthwatch Wiltshire Manager
More information is available on our website.
Business support: We have issued over £88 million in grants to 7,386 businesses. We had 740 applications for our local discretionary grants and have paid out £1.6 million in grants to 240 businesses.
Chancellor’s Summer Economic Update
Yesterday, when delivering his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to help protect support and create jobs.
These include a job retention bonus scheme, a kickstart scheme for young people and the new eat out to help out scheme. You can read more information here.
Businesses can apply for temporary pavement licences
Wiltshire Council has opened applications for temporary pavement licences for premises for the sale of food or drink for consumption, which includes cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Once approved, these licences will allow eligible businesses to put tables and chairs on the public highway outside their premises to attract more customers and increase trade, while also promoting social distancing and subject to normal highway safe passage requirements. Temporary pavement licences, which are available free of charge, will, in most cases, last for 12 months from date of issue. However, they are subject to a statutory notice period of ten working days, during which time people will have an opportunity to comment on the application.
Businesses can read detailed FAQs and download the application form here
Wiltshire Council Pillar 2 COVID-19 test data
The information on Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 COVID-19 test data has now been made publicly available.
Definition of testing pillars
pillar 1: swab (antigen) testing in Public Health England (PHE) labs and NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need and health and care workers
pillar 2: swab (antigen) testing for the wider population including at setting such as community test centres
Following the publication of this data Kate Blackburn, Interim Director of Public Health at Wiltshire Council, said: "I can reassure residents and businesses in Wiltshire that COVID-19 cases currently remain extremely low and a local lockdown is certainly not necessary. On a daily basis we review a number of different reports and data with our Public Health England colleagues. Should there be any issues there are alert systems in place.
"The most important thing we can do as a community at the moment is to stick to the national guidance around social distancing and maintain good hand hygiene. I would like to thank you for your continued support at this time."
You can find further information and latest figures on this https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
Cllr Philip Whitehead
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