Wiltshire News : 23rd December Update

View this email in your browser 23 December 2020 Wiltshire remains in Tier 2: High alert

Following today’s Government announcement (23 December) Wiltshire remains in Tier 2: High alert.

All of the areas around Wiltshire will be in Tiers 3 or 4 from 00.01am on Saturday 26 December (Boxing Day). Please do not travel to these areas.

Keep playing your part by following the Tier 2 restrictions, stay local and shop local to protect our local population. Full list of Tier 2 restrictions The latest Government advice on Christmas

Wiltshire remains in Tier 2 which means you can form a Christmas bubble with two other households on Christmas Day only.

Please remember: You can only be in one Christmas bubble Your Christmas bubble should not include people from more than three households Do not form a Christmas bubble with anyone from a Tier 4 area Stay local and do not travel to higher Tier areas Only see your bubble on Christmas Day. Do not stay overnight. Meet outdoors where possible Ensure indoor spaces get as much fresh air as possible Make space between members of different households wherever you can  Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds You must not visit another household if you, or anyone in your household, is feeling unwell or self-isolating. Keeping your Christmas bubble as small as possible and keeping celebrations shorter than usual can help stop the spread of Covid-19. Where possible, you should stay local and avoid travelling outside of your local area, meaning your village or town.

We know this news would have come as a big disappointment to many of you who were looking forward to seeing some more family and friends over the Christmas period. However, it’s vital we follow the guidance and continue playing our part to keep the virus under control here in Wiltshire. Hopefully next year we can all have a merrier Christmas. Read more Sadly, Wiltshire COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in the last week, so please keep playing your part to keep each other safe. Christmas and New Year waste and recycling changes Waste and recycling collection dates will change over Christmas and New Year. There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
There will be catch-up collections on Saturday 2 January and Saturday 9 January 2021.

Garden waste collections will stop for two weeks over this period. The last collections will take place on Thursday 24 December and they will restart on Saturday 9 January 2021.

All collections, including garden waste, return to normal from Monday 11 January 2021.

All household recycling centres will be closed from 1pm on 24 December and all day on 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Other than on these dates, the centres will open as normal on their specified opening days. Please remember to book a slot online before visiting a household recycling centre. Check your collection dates Our services at Christmas

The opening times of our facilities and services will vary over Christmas and New Year.

On Christmas Eve, many council services will be closed. All services and facilities will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Full list of opening times of our hubs and services Our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub remains in place for those who may need additional support.

You can call the hub on 0300 003 4576 or email wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk 
It’s open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Those who require help with tasks such as picking up food and other essentials, should ask friends or family or order online. If they do not have family, friends or a support network that can help, please contact the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub and request help. Need some mental health support? Below are all the numbers you’ll need.  North Team – 01249 468500 South Team – 01722432555 West Team – 01249 706611 Emergency Duty Service for out of hours and weekends – 0300 456 0100 (Option 7 then ​1 for Adults) 0300 303 1320 – Avon & Wilts mental health care provider (24/7) 0808 196 3382 – NHS ‘GoodSam’ 01380 724833 – Richmond Fellowship Mon-Fri 24 hours Check the opening times Government grant to help people stay safe, keep warm, and fed this winter

We have been awarded over £1 million from the Government’s £170 million national COVID Winter Grant Scheme, to help ensure as many vulnerable people as possible in the county are warm and fed this winter.

The aim of the scheme is to give vulnerable households peace of mind in the run up to Christmas and over the winter months during the pandemic by helping those who need it to have food on the table and other essentials, such as heat and electric, to ensure they are warm and safe.
 
People eligible for a grant will be identified by the relevant organisation responsible for distributing the different elements of the grant scheme. Read more Merry Christmas

Finally, we would like to say a huge Merry Christmas to you all from all of us at Wiltshire Council.

2020 has been a very challenging and tough year and we really appreciate all the support and patience that you’ve shown in following the guidance we’ve put out in relation to COVID-19.

Throughout this difficult period it’s been heartwarming to see the whole county come together and make sacrifices, in order to keep one another safe.

Have a lovely Christmas break and we will see you all in 2021. High Alert Tier: Wash hands regularly, wear face coverings and make space Want to change how you receive these emails?
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