Covid-19 Update 16-Jul

Current case numbers 20,322
Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 casesThe number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average but has increased again this week.

The rate of cases per 100,000 has gone from 144.2 to 177.

It’s vital that we all keep following the restrictions that are still in place ahead of any changes on 19 July.

So, please keep washing your hands regularly or sanitising them, wear a face covering where required, socially distance as much as possible, get your first and second dose of the vaccine when offered, and if you have COVID symptoms, please book a test and self-isolate immediately.

Thanks for your support.

Watch our COVID-19 update webinar

Ahead of the changes to social distancing measures on 19 July, we hosted a live online webinar yesterday (Thursday 15 July) to update you with the latest COVID-19 information in Wiltshire.

You can watch the webinar back on our YouTube channel.

Wiltshire Council Leader Cllr Richard Clewer was joined by Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council, Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health and Gill May from the Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group for Wiltshire.

Step 4 gets underway on 19 July but please still play your part

Step 4 on the Government’s COVID-19 roadmap gets underway from 19 July, but with case numbers continuing to rise, you are being asked to be cautious and ensure you still playing your part to keep everyone safe and reduce the risk of transmission.

The Government has confirmed that:

  • You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There will also be no limits on the number of people you can meet.
  • However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with,and increase close contact gradually.
  • Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • It is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals, communal worship and other life events (including receptions and celebrations)

Full details of the Government’s step 4 confirmation can be found online.

Update from Cabinet

Our cabinet meeting took place on Tuesday (13 July).

Here’s Leader of Wiltshire Council, Cllr Richard Clewer, to talk through some of the decisions and discussions that took place, including our action on climate change, the budget and more.

Watch the update now
Polls set to open on 19 August for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election

The notice of the Police and Crime Commissioner Election for Wiltshire and Swindon has been formally published, with the polls set to open on 19 August.

The previous Police and Crime Commissioner election took place on 6 May 2021 but, as the eventual nominated candidate was unable to take office, the election has to be re-held.

If you want to vote you have to ensure you are on the electoral register by midnight on 3 August. Those who are already on the register do not need to re-register. If you wish to vote by post and haven’t done so before please get your applications in by 5pm on 4 August. Voting by post is more convenient for you and also saves the council money. You can also nominate someone to vote on your behalf and applications for this must be received by 11 August at 5pm.

More information about the election can be found on our website.

High temperatures expected this weekend

The Met Office has issued a Level 2 health alert level for Wiltshire this weekend (17-18 July).

Temperatures are expected to reach the high 20s Celsius widely, with some areas exceeding 30 Celsius.

Please remember to look out for others who may find it more difficult to stay cool and hydrated during this time. Older people, people with long-term health conditions and young children may need help keeping cool.

Tips on how to cope in hot weather
Our best ever gym membership promotion

If you want to keep fit then look no further!

We’re offering our best ever membership promotion at our leisure centres, but you need to be quick – it’s only available for a short time between Monday 19 July and Sunday 1 August.

You could save up to £80 on a membership!

Whether you’re looking to resume your fitness activities, start up for the first time or come back to using the centres again, now is a fantastic time to do so.

We’re continuing with some social distancing measures to help you have an enjoyable and safe visit to our centres, and we’re here to assist, whatever your health and fitness goals.

To find out more, visit our website or to sign up, just head over to one of our leisure centres from Monday 19 July.

Childcare ideas for the holidays

We’ve worked with local childminders and activity providers to create a childcare and activity directory to help you find childcare during the summer holidays.

It includes details of the activities being offered, including charges, accessibility and location, to help you plan how to keep your children busy during their time off.

Download the childcare and activity directory now
Keep up-to-date with improvement works

Contractors working on our behalf are carrying out road resurfacing and associated works in a number of towns across Wiltshire.

You can also see the full list of all roadworks taking place in the county by visiting the One Network map and typing ‘Wiltshire’ into the search box.

Have your say

Please make sure you have your say on a number of consultations we have running at the moment:

Salisbury Junctions improvements – The proposals would see Exeter Street roundabout, Harnham Gyratory, and Park Wall junction all reconfigured to increase capacity, improve journey times and reduce queues for motor vehicles.

Proposed A350 Melksham bypass – We’re developing a scheme to improve the A350 at Melksham and Beanacre. You can watch a fly through of the proposed route.

Two proposed new cycling routes – We want to hear from you on two proposed cycling schemes – one linking Hilperton to Melksham via Semington, and one between Chippenham and Corsham.

Extraordinary cabinet meeting on 21 July – An update on the Future Chippenham programme will be discussed and the report to increase funding for children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities).

Proposed development of Silverwood School – Extending the existing Rowde Campus (formerly Rowdeford School) to provide a high quality SEND school campus for 350 students.

Thanks for taking the time to give your views.

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