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18/11/2020 Latest news and advice for residents on COVID-19 and more from Wiltshire Council (see more)

Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as of 10 November)

Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is still below the national average, we can’t be complacent. We all need to keep playing our part to stop the spread of the virus.
COVID-19 update from Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn

Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn has given an update on the case rates of COVID-19 in the county and announced the most up-to-date figures for this week.

Watch the video update now (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1tCn8rIICY&feature=youtu.be)
COVID-19 testing is available seven days a week

COVID-19 testing sites are open seven days a week including weekends.
Current data shows that testing sites are much quieter at weekends than weekdays.

If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, you must book a test immediately.

Keep playing your part.

More info and to book a test (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test)
Have your say on the proposed A350 Melksham bypass

We’re exploring options to improve the A350 at Melksham, including the potential for a new bypass, and we’re seeking your views on our progress so far, and the various route options.

Find out more and take the survey (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-a350-melksham-bypass)

New Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme opens for applications

We’ve launched the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme after receiving over £7 million of Government funding to support local businesses.

This new scheme is aimed at those businesses required to close due to the national restrictions which started on 5 November 2020.

One-off grants will be awarded to eligible businesses to support them during the four-week closure and help them with the ongoing challenges presented by coronavirus. Eligible businesses that have:
* properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive grants of £1,334
* properties with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will receive grants of £2,000
* properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive grants of £3,000

More info (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/New-Local-Restrictions-Support-Grant-scheme-opens-for-applications)
Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali! We wish you all a very happy, prosperous and safe year ahead.

Diwali – known as ‘Festival of lights’, is a well-known Indian Hindu festival celebrated worldwide which symbolizes the spiritual ‘victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance’.

The festival falls in either October or November each year and lasts for five days. This year the celebrations began yesterday (12 November) with the main celebrations taking place tomorrow (14 November).
Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week (16 to 22 November) is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking.

It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. The theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 is ‘Alcohol and mental health’.

Around 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, and drinking too much or too often can increase our risk. But many of us are unaware of the link between alcohol and poor mental health, and it’s often the first thing we turn to when we’re feeling low, stressed, worried or unable to cope.

Yet drinking too much or too often can mask or enhance underlying mental health problems – such as anxiety and depression – and prevent them from being properly addressed.

More on this (https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/alcohol-awareness-week-1/about-alcohol-awareness-week)