Latest Government Guidance 22.09.20:
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do
Swindon: It's up to all of us
Every one of us has a role to play to stop coronavirus spreading in our communities.
If you have symptoms:
- self-isolate – stay at home for ten days
- get tested – call or book online for a local test
- keep others safe – don’t socialise, don’t go to work, don’t go shopping or mix with anyone outside your household
When you go out:
- HANDS - wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
- FACE - wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- SPACE - stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)
If you have any of these symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested straight away:
- high temperature
- loss of taste or smell
More information: swindon.gov.uk/itsuptoallofus
Limits on the number of people you can see socially have changed.
When meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors. This is against the law and the police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notices) of £200, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £6,400.
When seeing friends and family you do not live with you should:
There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including:
- meet in groups of 6 or less
- follow social distancing rules when you meet up
- limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time
- meet people outdoors where practical: meeting people outdoors is safer than meeting people indoors because fresh air provides better ventilation
- for work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable services
- registered childcare, education or training
- supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups
- providing support to a vulnerable person
- providing emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm
- for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents
- fulfilling a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service
- elite sporting competition and training
- wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions – up to 15 people
- funerals – up to 30 people. This does not include wakes, other than for religious ceremonial purposes
- exercise classes, organised outdoor sport or licensed outdoor physical activity, and supervised sporting activity (indoors or outdoors) for under-18s
- indoor organised team sports for disabled people
- support groups of up to 15 participants – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, recovering addicts, new parents, people with long-term illnesses, those facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.
- protests – if organised in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance. All individuals must be socially distanced
Where a group includes someone covered by such an exception (for example, someone who is working), they are not counted as part of the gatherings limit. This means, for example, a tradesperson can go into a household of six without breaching the limit, if they are there for work.
can be found on the Government Frequently Asked Questions page
Swindon Borough Information:
This is the Government information link:
NHS Coronavirus Advice
Wanborough Play Areas are open.
To ensure you are ready to use these Play Areas safely please read these simple instructions and plan ahead for safe fun this summer.
Read Here →
Voluntary Action Swindon
An information sheet showing voluntary, statutory and commercial organisations providing food and deliveries for vulnerable people in Swindon.
Read Here →
The Government Job Retention Scheme
Employers if eligible can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (Furlough) due to Coronavirus.
For further information and guidance on this Please Check Here →
Live Well Hub Swindon
This hub has been set up for those who need additional help. Swindon Borough Council have confirmed that they will direct callers back to Parish Council if their need can be met locally by the Community Volunteer Network set up in the village.
However they will also be dealing with food poverty, financial support, council tax payments, emotional and physical wellbeing. If you know of anyone who may need this assistance please do share these details below with them.
The Swindon Borough Council main contact number is - 01793 445500
, open 7 days a week. 9-5 Monday-Friday, 11-3 Saturday & Sunday.
Email address – firstname.lastname@example.org
What to do with waste if you are suffering symptoms of Covid-19:
SBC have issued instructions on the handling of disposal of waste tissues, cleaning wipes etc.
Waste and Recycling Guidance from SBC
Dealing with waste responsibly - From SBC
The way you use the HWRC has changed.
The HWRC is now partially open for essential, pre-booked visits only. This is to ensure we maintain the safety of residents, staff and other site users.
This approach will also limit the number of vehicles queuing on surrounding roads and minimise disruption to local businesses. We also do not wish to disrupt our waste collections, which operate from the same site.
Before booking, please visit our website
to find out about the restrictions and changes that will be in place.
Please be considerate of others in the community. Find out more on the SBC website
Please ensure elderly or vulnerable people you know are made aware of these scams.
There are no 'miracle cures' on the internet or via telesales. You cannot buy immunity.
Beware of Phishing links & automated calls
More on scams from SBC Trading Standards →
Community Network of volunteers
Three residents, Rachel Chevis, Dion Dean and Susan Chapman, via Wanborough Noticeboard, have set up a Community Network of volunteers to help neighbours who might become self-isolated. The Parish Council would like to thank them for this great, public spirited work.
You can download the list of local contacts for your street (updated 20.04.20) HERE →
If you would like to offer support to your neighbours, there is a form you can print off HERE →
A number of local businesses are offering food deliveries.
Also some pubs are now open under strict conditions.
Store Openings Updated 28.07.20
From 24th July, masks or face covering are mandatory in shops and supermarkets.
Most stores have well developed policies and procedures. They have good supplies of most items. It is worth checking with their websites before you go shopping for the latest details.
More Here →
Some advice for Dog Owners
The Government has outlined that healthy people who don't have symptoms and haven't received a letter telling them to stay at home, can go outside once a day for exercise, and this should include walking your dog.
If you live in a multi-person household, each member of the house could take it in turns to walk your dog.
It's important to keep two metres apart and avoid situations where your dog might approach and greet other people or dogs. This means walking your dog on a lead when in areas with other people.
Don't be afraid to ask people not to pet your dog to ensure you keep your distance. If you don't have a garden and need to take your dog out for additional comfort breaks, please stay near your home and ensure you keep your distance from others. It's important to pick up after your dog and wash your hands thoroughly when you are back home.
Keeping your dog under control and on a lead while walking your dog in public open spaces such as the Lower Rec and Church Meadow is extremely important where you are likely to meet other residents who are also using this space to walk their dogs.
Many thanks and take care