Steve Maddern, Swindon Director of Public Health:
You may be planning to meet up with people outside your household, so please remember:
- Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
- Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
- If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home
If you’re in any doubt about the rules and what you need to do to keep yourself and others safe check what you can and cannot do. No further easing of restrictions is planned until 17 May at the earliest, as set out in the Government’s roadmap.
It’s up to all of us to make sure we understand when to self-isolate and what to do.
Social distancing remains very important. Stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.
Over 108,000 Swindon residents have now received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination which is good news. This week saw the Government open up COVID-19 vaccinations to all people over the age of 42. The message from the NHS is please be patient and keep trying if you have not yet been able to book a vaccine appointment.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recently updated its guidance to pregnant women to say that mothers-to-be should receive the vaccine at the same time as others of the same age or risk group. Pregnant women, however, should only be offered the vaccines produced by either Pfizer or Moderna, and any concerned mothers-to-be should speak with their GP for more information.
Here's some answers to common questions on the NHS-led vaccination programme in Swindon.
On Monday (10 May), following a review of the latest evidence, the Prime Minister will confirm whether England can progress to Stage 3 of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown for the further easing of restrictions, from no earlier than 17 May.
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
- loss of taste or smell
Find out more about the Government's roadmap out of lockdown here
This is the Government information link:
NHS Coronavirus Advice
Swindon Borough Information:
Updates on the status of all SBC services are found on this link.
You can get Swindon Borough Coronavirus update information delivered direct to your email by Signing Up Here →
Exercising and meeting other people
National lockdown: What's changed from 29th March
- you can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)
- you can take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen)
- childcare and supervised activities are allowed outdoors for all children
- formally organised parent and child groups can take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 will not be counted in this number
- 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 - Tennis Courts open. Pavilion open for access to toilets only. Kitchen, Main Hall and Changing Rooms remain 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 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 →