FOR UP-TODATE INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus
Hands, Face, Space
The ‘Hands, Face, Space’ campaign urges you to continue to wash your hands, cover your face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:
- HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
- FACE - Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
- SPACE - Stay two metres apart where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place.
The Rule of Six
The rules on how many people can meet have been simplified.
The only rule that you now need to remember is to not participate in social gatherings of more than six people in any setting, indoors or outdoors.
In England children are not exempt from the rule of six.
This rule replaces the previous ban on participating in gatherings of more than 30 and the guidance on allowing two households to meet indoors.
The new rule means that, apart from a set of limited exemptions including work and education, any social gatherings of more than six people will be against the law.
Police will be able to disperse any such gatherings and fine individuals involved £200, doubling up to a maximum of £6,400.
It remains the case that organisers and facilitators of larger gatherings of more than 30 people – such as unlicensed music events – can be subject to fines of up to £10,000.
Venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines – such as places of worships, gyms, restaurants and other hospitality venues – can still hold more than six people in total. But within those venues, there must not be individual groups larger than six, and groups must not mix socially or form larger groups.
No more than 15 people can legally attend a marriage or civil partnership, even where this can be safely accommodated with social distancing in a COVID-19 secure venue.This is the maximum number for all attendees at the event, including the couple and guests. Anyone working is not included as part of the legal limit.
From 28 September, receptions and other celebrations for weddings and civil partnerships can continue to take place, but only in the form of a sit-down meal in a COVID-19 secure venue. No more than 15 people may attend. Such receptions must not take place in people’s private homes (or adjoining outdoor spaces like gardens), given that these will not have the same COVID-19 secure measures in place.
In England, you must wear a face covering in the following indoor settings (a list of examples for each is included in the brackets):
- public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses (customers by law, drivers only advised to)
- taxis and private hire vehicles (customers by law, drivers only advised to)
- transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
- shops and supermarkets (places which offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
- shopping centres (malls and indoor markets)
- auction houses
- premises providing hospitality (bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes), except when seated at a table to eat or drink (see exemptions)
- post offices, banks, building societies, high-street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses
- premises providing personal care and beauty treatments by law from 24 September (hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage centres, tattoo and piercing parlours)
- premises providing veterinary services
- visitor attractions and entertainment venues (museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, cultural and heritage sites, aquariums, indoor zoos and visitor farms, bingo halls, amusement arcades, adventure activity centres, indoor sports stadiums, funfairs, theme parks, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas including soft-play areas)
- libraries and public reading rooms
- places of worship
- funeral service providers (funeral homes, crematoria and burial ground chapels)
- community centres, youth centres and social clubs
- exhibition halls and conference centres
- public areas in hotels and hostels
- storage and distribution facilities
Face coverings should also be worn in indoor places not listed above where social distancing may be difficult and where people will come into contact with people they do not normally meet.
Face coverings are needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They are also advised to be worn in care homes.
If you are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, such as because of an underlying health condition, you will continue to be exempt from these new obligations.
Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services has now become law.
NHS COVID-19 app
It will be used alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they have come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.
The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace people that may have coronavirus.
It will support and enhance the NHS test and trace service and help health professionals to understand quickly if the virus is spreading in any particular area.
Businesses such as pubs, restaurants and cafes are now legally required to display a QR poster for the public to scan and log their attendance as they enter the premises. The council also has QR posters up at our public buildings, such as hubs, libraries and leisure centres.
Here’s some FAQs for businesses.
For those who don’t have the app, they can still log-in their attendance at the venue using the business’ own alternative system.
The anonymity of the person using the app is protected and nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.
The app is designed to track the virus, not individuals. It does not track an individual’s location, people are only required to in put their postcode district, which is typically shared by around 8,00 people. It uses Bluetooth technology to track time and distance between smartphone devices, so that app users who have spent time near other app users, who later test positive for coronavirus can be notified.
We are seeing COVID-19 spikes across the country so please download the app and help support the test and trace service, so together we can keep the virus under control here in Wiltshire and protect people as much as possible.
The following Twitter accounts are regularly posting out the latest factual advice and information related to COVID-19:
- Wiltshire Council
- Public Health England
- Department of Health and Social Care
- NHS England
- Wiltshire Police
- Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service
- NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group
- Swindon Borough Council
- Foreign Office