17/12/2020 Latest news and advice for residents on COVID-19 from Wiltshire Council (see more)

Wiltshire to remain in Tier 2: High alert

Following a Government review, Wiltshire remains in Tier 2: High alert, which is the same tier it has been in since 2 December.

This means that the following measures continue to be in place:
* 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

More info on the restrictions (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-2-high-alert)
Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases
Wiltshire COVID-19 Cases. Total number of cases – 5,797. Cases in the last 7 days – 335. Rate of cases per 100k in Wiltshire – 67.0. Rate of cases per 100k in Wiltshire in the previous 7 days – 77.8. Rate of cases per 100k in England in the last 7 days – 173.3.

Government confirms Christmas bubbles will remain, but plan carefully and be cautious

The Government has confirmed that three households can still form a Christmas bubble between 23 and 27 December but is urging everyone to be extra cautious.

This means:
* Travel restrictions between tiers will be lifted to provide a window for households to come together between 23 and 27 December.
* Up to three households can form an exclusive ‘bubble’ to meet at home during this period. When a bubble is formed it is fixed, and must not be changed or extended further at any point.
* Each Christmas bubble can meet at home, at a place of worship or an outdoor public place, but existing, more restrictive rules on hospitality and meeting in other venues will be maintained throughout this period.

In addition the Government wants people to:
* think carefully about who is part of their bubble
* limit the amount of people they see in the lead up to, and during. the Christmas period
* be very mindful of seeing anyone particularly vulnerable
* try and limit travel from an area with a high prevalence of COVID-19 to an area of low prevalence
* avoid overnight stays where possible
* avoid crowds
* not gather in groups over New Year

Read the full announcement (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family)