07/12/2020 Latest news and advice for residents on COVID-19 and more from Wiltshire Council (see more)

Wiltshire placed in Tier 2: High alert

Wiltshire is now in Tier 2: High alert, which is one higher than before the recent current period of national restrictions which ended on 2 December.

This means that measures are in place including:
* you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
* you must not socialise in a group of more than six people outside, including gardens or public spaces
* businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19)  manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
* pubs and bars must remain closed, unless operating as restaurants and alcohol can only be served with substantial meals
* hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises must provide table service and are now required to close between 11pm and 5am with last orders being taken at 10pm

Full list of restrictions (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know#high-alert)
Wiltshire COVID-19 cases
Support and childcare bubbles

There is separate guidance for support bubbles (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.uk%2Fguidance%2Fmaking-a-support-bubble-with-another-household&data=04%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C43624316f77d4fe727be08d897980f42%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637426026626029868%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=FJVZfCQyRqc8E1A178EKY5fBm6wu%2FG0bzvLM9avHO8g%3D&reserved=0) and childcare bubbles (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.uk%2Fguidance%2Fmaking-a-childcare-bubble-with-another-household&data=04%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C43624316f77d4fe727be08d897980f42%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637426026626039821%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=RQM7hA1KK5GybOKLrTu8oc9JuoRg0giUAKM7ft3hB9k%3D&reserved=0) across all tiers. Support bubbles have
been expanded. You can form a support bubble with another household if any of the following apply to you:
* you are the only adult in your household – any other members of the household having been under 18 on 12 June 2020 – or are an under-18-year-old living alone
* you live with someone with a disability who requires continuous care and there is no other adult living in the household
* you live with a child who is under 1, or who was under 1 on 2 December 2020
* you live with a child who is under 5, or who was under 5 on 2 December 2020, with a disability

Childcare bubbles are separate from support bubbles.

If you’re eligible, you can form one childcare bubble and one support bubble with different households. You must not meet socially with your support bubble and childcare bubble at the same time. Childcare bubbles must be used exclusively for the purposes of childcare.
More information (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-2-high-alert#support-and-childcare-bubbles)
Join Wiltshire Council for a COVID-19 Live Public Update on Tuesday 8 December

We will be broadcasting our second COVID-19 Live Public Update on Tuesday 8 December at 5pm.

Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, will be joined by Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health to help guide you through the latest information and regulations.

The broadcast will be an opportunity to hear about the new Tier 2: ‘High Alert’ category Wiltshire has been placed in, the latest number and the rate of positive COVID-19 cases in the county, the arrangements in place to mitigate the spread of the virus, and the work we continue to do to support residents and businesses at this time.

You can submit your questions about COVID-19 and the local response in advance by emailing communications@wiltshire.gov.uk (mailto:communications@wiltshire.gov.uk)  no later than 5pm on Sunday 6 December.

The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams. Viewers should download the Microsoft Teams app to their device in advance and use this link to join: 8 December COVID-19 public update (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/ap/t-59584e83/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fteams.microsoft.com%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%253ameeting_Nzk3ZmNlYjYtMDljMy00ZjBlLTg4ZDYtNzVhNTk1MjU2M2Zm%2540thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%25225546e75e-3be1-4813-b0ff-26651ea2fe19%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%25221795bbd5-30bf-4321-ae10-4433b5da467f%2522%252c%2522IsBroadcastMeeting%2522%253atrue%257d&data=04%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C8d63de9a1a224866b3c408d896d956e4%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637425207489392423%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=B1KJO2IGfgevpKSHWg0nvqwFCHwNWyY95N3VVMigm%2BI%3D&reserved=0) .

The briefing will also be recorded and available via our YouTube channel as soon as possible afterwards.
Full details on the live public update (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/covid-briefing-december)

COVID-19 Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

We are urging eligible residents to apply for the Test and Trace Support Scheme, which is in place to help support those who are out of pocket because they are having to self-isolate.

Financial support continues to be available for people that are on low incomes who are required to self-isolate due to COVID-19 and will lose money because they are unable to work, who may be eligible for a lump sum of £500.

There are a number of reasons that ineligible people are applying for the scheme or applications are being refused.
More details on this (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/benefits-test-and-trace)

Give a little time – make a big difference!

We are asking people to consider offering a lifeline to families with children who may have a range of needs, by training to be a carer as part of the Overnight Short Breaks Scheme.

We have a team of carers who are trained and supported to provide regular breaks for children with autism, learning disabilities or physical disabilities.

Families who are bringing up a child with disabilities often find it very difficult to have time to themselves, to spend time with their other children or do everyday tasks people take for granted, and sometimes they need a break.
More details on the scheme (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/call-for-more-overnight-short-breaks-carers)

Have your say on proposed cycling schemes

We have received £681,000 from the second tranche of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Active Travel Fund to progress cycling schemes in the county.

The award is less than the £908,000 that we originally bid for, and so to establish which schemes to take forward, we are holding a consultation on the proposed options, and also consulting on the first tranche of temporary schemes, which are already in place.
To find out more about the schemes (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-road-reallocation-schemes)

We’re good to go

Visitors are once again able to explore Wiltshire’s museums.

Six museums, including Wiltshire Museum, Chippenham Museum and Salisbury Museum have opened their doors so that you can enjoy a COVID-safe visit and catch up with some Christmas shopping.

Check the website for opening hours and pre-booking of each museum before visiting so that your experience is as enjoyable as possible.
More on this (http://museumsinwiltshire.org.uk/good-to-go)