We've dismissed lockdown suggestions
We have dismissed suggestions the county could be one of the next locations in the country to go into lockdown.
Media reports yesterday (30 June) had stated there had been a recent weekly increase of new cases in the county of 300%. However this actually equates to just an increase from one to four new cases.
There has been a total of 550 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Wiltshire Council area, still comparatively low nationally, and the South West remains the lowest ranked region for cases. We also have the sixth lowest rate of cases per 100,000 resident population with 110.4 cases per 100,000.
This data is taken from the Public Health Coronavirus Case website.
Your views sought on plans to reopen library services safely
We are seeking your views to help with planning for reopening library services safely in the county during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The library service in Wiltshire was temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic on 20 March.
The existing eBooks, eMagazines and eAudio service continues providing access to reading material, and on 27 March a new service launched via Facebook offering rhyme times, tea and chat, bedtime stories and online book groups. At the start of June, a Home Library service was launched, serving library members shielding and without digital access to download books; this service is currently used by approximately 100 people. The online library content produced since lockdown has so far generated more than 83,000 views and we appreciate everyone’s support.
To make sure the library services the council provides meet your needs safely and are as innovative in their delivery as possible, we would like to hear your ideas and feedback on how to reopen the services, so we can shape a service that suits you during this time.
During this challenging time the council has to manage its resources carefully and has put forward three possible options for how the service might operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. People are also being encouraged to provide their own ideas to help the us deliver the most appropriate service in the circumstances and within the council's current financial resources.
The possible options take into account COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing measures, resources available, meaning not all libraries will be able to initially reopen and there will be a partial and phased reopening of library services.
A four-week public consultation is now underway. Hard copies will be made available at County Hall, Trowbridge; Monkton Park, Chippenham; and Bourne Hill, Salisbury. The consultation closes on 26 July 2020.
Pubs and other businesses to reopen from Saturday 4 July
Thousands of pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other specified venues, have been given practical, clear steps they can take to reopen safely over the coming weeks.
New COVID-19 secure guidance for the hospitality sector and hairdressers means businesses will be able to reopen in England from 4 July, provided they meet government criteria for keeping staff and customers as safe as possible.
Guidance for marriages and civil partnerships
From Saturday 4 July, marriages and civil partnerships of more than 30 people will be permitted but only in certain public places as set out in law. This will include all licensed venues where legal marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can take place. However, it is strongly advised that numbers are restricted to 30 for public health reasons.
Those operating venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines should take additional steps to ensure the safety of the public and prevent large gatherings from taking place.
Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub hours have changed
Since it was set up at the end of March, the hub has been open seven days a week to provide assistance to vulnerable people during the COVID-19 situation. This was then reduced to six days a week at the beginning of June.
However, to reflect a reduction in emails and calls to its hotline, the hub will now operate from 9-5pm Monday to Friday and will be closed at weekends. Outside of these hours, the emergency duty service will be in place as usual.
Time to renew or sign up for garden waste collections
Households that pay to receive garden waste collections will need to renew their subscription by 14 August. New customers can also sign up to receive this service.
The cost of having garden waste collected will be £50 per bin for the year. Current garden waste subscriptions expire on 30 June 2020, but due to COVID-19 renewals were delayed this year and garden waste bins displaying a red 2019/20 bin sticker will continue to be emptied until 31 August.
You can renew or sign up to receive garden waste collections online. You don't need to contact us if you do not wish to renew.