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COVID-19 Information

National lockdown: Stay at Home


Latest SBC Covid-19 Newsletter
Swindon: now highest rate of COVID-19 in the region

Update from Steve Maddern, Director of Public Health

As of 26th February, Swindon unfortunately has the highest rate of COVID-19 in the South West region.

The case rate exceeds both the regional and national average. The main reason for this is likely to be mixing between households and non-compliance with rules.

Swindon’s seven-day rolling average case rate has increased to 123.8 per 100k - up from 91 per 100k last Friday (19 Feb), compared to an average across the South West of 66.0 per 100k and the England average of 111.8 per 100k.
The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being offered to:
  • those aged over 65
  • clinically vulnerable people aged between 16 and 64 with underlying health conditions
  • those registered as a carer with their GP
If you are aged 65 and over or classed as a carer, you can book your vaccine without an invitation from your GP through the National Booking service, or by calling 119. More than 76 per cent of those aged 65 to 69 have already had their first dose.

If you've already had the vaccine, it's important that you continue to follow the guidelines as there is a chance that you might still get or spread coronavirus.

If you have a question about the vaccine you can rewatch SBC's Q&A session here

The Government has committed to offer every adult a first dose of the vaccine by 31 July.
Case Rates 26.02.21

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 for specific purposes, remember:

  • 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 two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one 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
  • cough
  • loss of taste or smell

Exercising and meeting other people

You should minimise time spent outside your home.

It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting).

This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household
Public outdoor places include:
  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • the grounds of a heritage site
Playgrounds, Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.
This is the Government information link:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

NHS Coronavirus Advice

Swindon Borough Information:

Updates on the status of all SBC services are found on this link.

www.swindon.gov.uk/coronavirus

You can get Swindon Borough Coronavirus update information delivered direct to your email by Signing Up Here →

Playgrounds, Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.

Exercising and meeting other people

You should minimise time spent outside your home.

It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting).

This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

National lockdown: Stay at Home
  • Allotments - Open
  • Play Areas - Open
  • Open Spaces - Open
Please ensure you follow social distancing while using these facilities.

If the play area is busy please come back later, use hand sanitiser before and after use.
  • Hooper's Field Sports Facility - CLOSED


Voluntary Action Swindon

Coronavirus - Help and Support

If you are an individual self isolating or in need of non medical assistance as a result of Coronavirus we would recommend in the first instance that you reach out to family members, neighbours and friends that you know personally.

For more information on what VAS can offer 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 – livewell@swindon.gov.uk

Live Well Hub Swindon


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 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.
Scams
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.

More Here
Store Openings Updated 24.11.20
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 →