26 November 2020
Wiltshire placed in Tier 2: High alert
From 2 December the Government will be reintroducing the tier system where different levels or restriction apply in different parts of the country.
Wiltshire has been placed in Tier 2: High alert, which is one higher than before the current period of national restrictions. This means that from 2 December measures will be 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)
Update from Wiltshire Council Chief Executive
Chief Executive, Terence Herbert provides the latest update and outlines how we will be providing support during this time.
Watch the full video (https://youtu.be/qyQ5XRv9xto)
Wiltshire COVID-19 cases
What impact does this have on our services?
Our libraries and leisure centres (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-covid19) will be able to open their doors to you again and will be operating the same service as before the current national restrictions were introduced.
Leisure Centres are due to open again on 3 December. Some libraries are expected to reopen next week, dates will be confirmed shortly.
Weddings will be able to take place again with up to 15 people able to attend wedding ceremonies. Up to 30 people will be able to attend funerals.
During the current national restrictions, traders at our street markets were only able to sell food, but from 2 December they will once again be able to sell their full range of products and produce.
We will keep our COVID-19 page (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus) as up to date as possible with any other information on our services.
Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub
Anyone can access the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub who may be struggling during this difficult time, this may include those who are self-isolating and don’t have a support network around them or know where to get help.
People should be aware the opening hours will be regularly reviewed throughout the coming weeks and months.
More on the Wellbeing Hub (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/support-from-wellbeing-hub)
Support for businesses
There is also a range of Government business support schemes to support businesses during the COVID-19 restrictions.
All the details can be found on our website. (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19-grants)
Wiltshire COVID-19 public update – Live!
We are broadcasting our second live public COVID-19 update next month, to provide the latest local information and to answer your questions.
The broadcast takes place on Tuesday 8 December at 5pm.
Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, will once again 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 latest number of positive cases and the rate of COVID-19 cases in Wiltshire, 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.
Full details on the live public update (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/covid-briefing-december)
A single set of UK-wide measures to help you come together with your loved ones in a way that is as safe as possible has been agreed.
* 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.
Read the full announcement (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/joint-statement-on-uk-wide-christmas-arrangements-from-the-uk-government-and-devolved-administrations)
COVID-19 Winter Plan
The government has published its COVID-19 Winter Plan which sets out the approach to ending the national restrictions on 2 December and aims to:
• suppress the spread of infection;
• find new ways of managing the virus to return life closer to normal;
• minimise damage to the economy and to protect jobs and education.
Read the plan now (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-winter-plan)