COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We will be providing updates on our services on our website and you can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

For central government updates follow:
Public Health England
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

School’s out, learning’s not!
Over 200 teachers and a host of well-known faces will be teaching the nation’s kids, as BBC opens its doors for virtual learning. BBC’s new Bitesize Daily service is powered by over 200 talented teachers Professor Brian Cox teaches key science topics including force and gravity Manchester City footballer Sergio Aguero gets the nation’s kids counting in Spanish Award-winning music stars Mabel and Liam Payne combine music and reading for secondary school kids Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker drops into Bitesize daily lessons Hundreds of lessons will be delivered over 14 weeks The BBC opened its doors to its biggest ever education offer, Bitesize Daily, yesterday, and the teaching roll call looks mightily impressive, with a register full of familiar names.
More info on BBC Bitesize sessions for children

Take Extra Care, keep roads safe and protect the NHS
  In partnership with Road Safety GB and the THINK! campaign, we’re encouraging all road users to Take Extra Care when making essential journeys and help reduce the strain on the emergency services.

Social distancing has significantly reduced the number of vehicles on the road, but many cars and motorcycles are taking advantage of this and driving at excessive speeds, which is why we’re stressing to all road users – drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists – the importance of taking extra care while making essential journeys.

Many road accidents require police attendance, the care of paramedics and hospital visits – all of which need to be reduced as much as possible during this time.

We can all take small steps to make the roads safer while making essential journeys, including: Always drive at an appropriate speed Always wear a seatbelt Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs Never use a mobile phone behind the wheel Please stay safe on Wiltshire’s roads and Take Extra Care!
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  The online service to claim 80% of wages costs, up to £2,500 per month, for furloughed staff (employees who have been asked to stop working but have not been made redundant) is now open. Employers who apply by Wednesday 22 April 2020 will receive their money before the end of the month.
This is a temporary scheme in place for four months starting from 1 March 2020, but it may be extended if necessary and employers can use this scheme anytime during this period. It is designed to help employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus to retain their employees and protect the UK economy. All employers are eligible to claim under the scheme.
More info on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

COVID-19 Business Grant Scheme
We’ve received over 6,000 forms and over £50million has been paid to more than 4,300 business in Wiltshire.

About 3,000 eligible businesses have still not yet applied for their grant, representing about a third of our eligible businesses. We’ve already contacted about 1,000 of these businesses by email or telephone, to encourage them to apply for the support that is available to them and will contact the remaining businesses in the coming days.

The grant is not a loan so it does not need to be paid back but it may make a huge difference to the future of your business.
More info on the COVID-19 Business Grant Scheme

Coronavirus guidance in other languages
Translated Government guidance for self-isolation and social distancing is available in the following languages: Arabic, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Polish and Welsh.

Stay at home guidance
Social distancing

Supermarket arrangements
  Many local supermarkets and food providers have changed their operating arrangements to support the elderly and vulnerable in our communities, and introduced initiatives to support volunteers. The latest information we have can be found below and we will keep this as up-to-date as possible.
This information below is subject to change though, and you are encouraged to contact your local supermarket/food provider for more information.
More info on the changes to arrangements in supermarkets

How to care for your pets when carrying out ‘social distancing’ or staying at home
Many of us are very worried about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on our pets and so the RSPCA have created some Q&As to help you.
More info on how best to look after your pets during this situation