Wiltshire Council COVID -19 Update - 15 July

COVID-19
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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.

Wiltshire Council COVID -19 Update - 9 July 2020

 

Economy

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

Completed application forms should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As applications come through, people will also be able to view applications for consultation on the same page.

  

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/

 

Regards,

 

Cllr Philip Whitehead

Wiltshire Council COVID 19 Update 2 July

COVID-19 UPDATE – Thursday 2 July 2020

  

Chief Executive appointment

Terence Herbert has now been appointed as the Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council.This follows a period of consultation on a proposed change to the Tier 1 structure at the council which sees a reduction from two Chief Executive Officers to a single Chief Executive leading the council.

Members of the Officer Appointments Committee panel approved Terence’s appointment when they met on 26 June. They also approved an application for voluntary redundancy from Alistair Cunningham. Terence has now taken up his role and will be working with myself and cabinet to shape the organisation moving forwards and lead the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Changes to Cabinet and Portfolio Holders

I have made changes to the council’s Cabinet and Portfolio Holders to align with the recovery structure now being put in place within Wiltshire Council following COVID-19. The changes, which came in from yesterday (1 July), will see Cllr Allison Bucknell step down from her Cabinet position and take up a new Portfolio Holder role for Communities, Arts, Heritage and Tourism. This will reduce the number of Cabinet members from nine to eight, and the number of Portfolio Holders has also been reduced from 14 to 10.

You can view the changes on our website http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/cabinet-changes

  

Public urged to act responsibly ahead of pubs reopening

We have joined forces with Wiltshire Police to remind residents to play their part and act responsibly when pubs reopen this weekend.
At the end of June, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that pubs, restaurants, and hotels could reopen from 4 July.Several other businesses will also be allowed to reopen, such as barbers, hair salons and cinemas.
Whilst this is a positive step forward in revitalising the economy and showing that Wiltshire is open for business, it is important the public continue to take extra precautions to stop coronavirus from spreading and ensure they act responsibly at this time as anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
As the licensing authority we have an important role in ensuring pubs and restaurants are opening with the right conditions in place and adhering to social distancing guidelines.
To help with the reopening, the government will also relax the two metre social distancing rule, replacing it with ‘one metre plus’ in situations where keeping two metres apart is not possible.
This means people can maintain one metre apart, as long as other measures are put in place to limit the transmission of the virus.
These include wearing a face mask or covering, installing plastic screens, and providing extra handwashing facilities.

 

Government guidance update – shielding programme

The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding, taking into account that COVID-19 infection rates have decreased significantly over the last few weeks. This guidance remains advisory.

From Friday 6 July:

  • People who are shielding no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of their household.
  • People who are shielding will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people they do not live with, while maintaining social distancing.
  • People who are shielding can create a ‘support bubble’ with one other household.  All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance.
  • From Saturday 1 August, the government is advising people to adopt strict social distancing rather than full shielding measures. Strict social distancing means people may wish to go out to more places and see more people but they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household or support bubble.

From 1 August:

  • Those shielding can visit shops, places of worship and outdoor spaces.
  • People shielding will be able to return to work if they cannot work at home as long as the business is COVID-safe.
  • Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can return to their education settings if they are eligible and in line with their peers.

More detailed guidance will be provided as the changes in advice come into effect on 6 July and 1 August.

Those in receipt of central government provided food boxes and medicine deliveries will continue to receive this support until the end of July if required.  Anyone requiring this assistance should register online or call 0800 028 8327 before 17 July.

 

Business Update – Local Discretionary Grant

 The application window for the Local Discretionary Grant closed at 5.00pm on Monday 22 June.

 The council received 736 applications and has sent out its first grants totalling circa £1 million to local businesses with further grants being issued this week.

 

Highways update

 The council has received confirmation of £227,000 funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to progress the first five road reallocation schemes in the county.

The five schemes, in Salisbury, Bradford on Avon, Purton, Trowbridge, and Chippenham, are based on existing bus routes and will link the city and town centres with homes and places of work to make it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists to access shops, businesses and places of work without driving or using public transport.

Full details of the five projects are as follows:

1. Salisbury cycleways to link Harnham to the city centre, allowing cyclists easy access to the city. The scheme will see one southbound lane on Brown Street turned into a cycleway and the removal of on-street parking on Exeter Street to create a cycleway on the street while maintaining two-way traffic.

2. A segregated cycleway and footway on the B3108 between Winsley and Bradford on Avon, allowing easy access between the two, and giving cyclists the option of a traffic-free ride from Winsley, into Bradford on Avon and then on to Bath along the Kennet and Avon Canal.

3. On the A420 in Chippenham, a segregated cycleway linking Bumpers Farm to the town centre, giving cyclists easy access to the centre of the town.

4. The removal of through traffic on Hook Street in Purton, which runs parallel with the A3102 between Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon. This will install a 3.5km route for cyclists and walkers, linking Purton with Swindon's Lydiard Park.

5. A segregated cycleway on the A361 Hilperton Road in Trowbridge, from near the fire station into advisory cycle lanes from Stancomb Avenue to Hilperton Road roundabout, of more than 1km in total.

Work is due to start in the next four weeks on these schemes, and the council will have more to announce on the next round of funding, and other major cycling and walking projects, soon.

 

Re-opening of children’s play areas operated by Wiltshire Council

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 June regarding the reduction of restrictions to public movement, the council will be reopening the 59 play areas it operates from 4 July.

The council will be erecting signage onsite to advise the public of social distancing, hygiene and safety rules and will be monitoring use of play areas when they reopen. Council officers may re-close any play area where it is considered not possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19  infection and will respond to further guidance issued by the government in respect of their use.

 For all town and parish council’s looking at the reopening of play areas, please find links to the governments’ updated guidance on managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms and safety in outdoor spaces. to assist in your own decision making.

 

Library service update

The council is seeking the views of residents and library users to help with its planning for reopening library services safely in the county during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.

HAVE YOUR SAY NOW

  

Chippenham Minor Injury Unit to re-open for booked appointments

The Minor Injury Unit (MIU) at Chippenham Community Hospital will start to receive referrals from NHS 111 from Monday 6 July 2020. Chippenham MIU will have appointments available from Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm for patients who have rung NHS 111 and are referred to be seen in the MIU. Chippenham MIU closed in April after a decline in the number of patients attending since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. Staff employed at the units were redeployed to help look after patients across the local health and care system.

The MIU will not be open to ‘walk in’ patients and there will be no x-ray facility on site. This temporary change in service has been designed to maintain the safety of patients and staff. Patients will not be able to directly book an appointment. NHS 111 will continue to triage all appointments and if a patient meets the criteria they will be referred to the unit and a member of staff will call them back to arrange an appointment. Anyone with a life threatening condition should call 999.

 Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should not attend any medical setting unless explicitly directed to do so by the NHS 111 service or a 999 call operator.

 Minor Injury Units offer a facility for treating injuries that are not serious, such as sprains and strains; minor burns and scalds, wound infections, insect and animal bites, and minor injuries to the eye, head. They are not specifically equipped to treat more serious conditions.

 

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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