*Last updated 26.11.20
From December 2nd 2020, a nationwide tier category system will replace the blanket lockdown measures.
Tier 2 Restrictions Explained:
|You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.||You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’.||Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.|
|Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.||Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:|
- Provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol.
- Close between 11 pm and 5 am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt).
- Stop taking orders after 10 pm.
Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10 pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.
|Early closure (11 pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11 pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10 pm.||Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.||Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.|
|Places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies.||Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stone settings.||Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue.|
|Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing.||People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.||You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.|
|If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey.||For international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list.|
For more information about the COVID-19 Tiers, visit:
The UK COVID-19 situation is ever-evolving and can change very suddenly. For the very latest guidance and advice, please visit:
Wiltshire Council has implemented its Local Outbreak Management Plan (LOMP). For the Local Outbreak Management Plan to be as successful as possible, it relies on the co-operation, goodwill, and perseverance of everyone living, working or visiting the county. By working together, everyone in Wiltshire can play their part in reducing the spread of Coronavirus.
While it’s reassuring to know there are plans in place at local level to manage Covid-19, local Wiltshire residents might also require some practical information to go with it. We’ve done some research to see what’s currently happening with Wiltshire essential services: Recycling Centres, Libraries, Car Parks, Markets, Parks and Public Toilets.
Recycling Centres in Wiltshire
Wiltshire’s Recycling Centres are all open for business with varying opening days, but you can bring your waste and recycling to the centres only if you have booked a slot in advance. The Council has also requested residents only to visit recycling centres if recycling can’t be stored safely at home or disposed of in kerbside or bulky waste collections.
There are Recycling Centres at Amesbury, Devizes, Lower Compton, Marlborough, Melksham, Purton, Salisbury, Stanton St Quintin, Trowbridge and Warminster.
Since June this year, it has been an essential requirement to pre-book a visit to a recycling centre in Wiltshire, and this has to be done seven days in advance. There are no same day bookings and if you turn up without a booking you’ll be turned away. Making a booking requires registering on the Wiltshire County Council website and booking online.
You must take proof of address when you turn up for your pre-booked appointment at a recycling site.
The Council states that there are around 10,000 available slots across its 10 Recycling Centres each week. For an ordinary car or small van, you get 15 minutes to unload your waste, while larger vehicles can have up to 30 minutes. If you can’t make your booked slot, you’re asked to please cancel it as soon as you are able.
Waste and recycling kerbside collections by Wiltshire County Council have been maintained throughout the COVID-19 crisis, following the usual waste collection calendar for different areas.
Wiltshire Council Libraries
There is a mixed approach to the opening of Wiltshire libraries with most of them operating on ‘Order and Collect’ service as far as borrowing books is concerned. For use of the free-to-use public computers, there is a booking system in place. Details of how to book a 45-minute computer session can be found by clicking the ‘Order and Collect’ link.
At this stage, the libraries at Chippenham, Corsham, Devizes, Salisbury, Trowbridge and Warminster are open for limited book browsing and using computers (computers to be booked in advance), with shortened hours.
Other libraries, at Amesbury, Bradford on Avon, Calne, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Royal Wootton Bassett and Westbury, are offering an ‘Order and Collect’ service. The staff will choose books based on your preferences and arrange a time with you when you can collect them from the library entrance. Books are loaned out for three weeks at a time and can be renewed. Returns can be posted through the library letterbox.
Car Parks in Wiltshire
All Wiltshire Council run car parks are open and operating as usual.
Markets in Wiltshire
After being closed at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown, Wiltshire Council-run street markets are now back in full swing, with stallholders selling all sorts of goods.
All the markets have on-site signage to remind shoppers to stay two metres apart from each other, with most markets having one-way systems in operation.
The Council requests that payments be contactless if possible, that shoppers don’t handle items on sale unnecessarily, and that you stay home if you have any Covid-19 symptoms.
Besides the markets run by the county council, Wiltshire has some regular markets that are run by town councils. These are currently running as usual, but if the Covid situation intensifies it is worth checking with the individual councils whether the markets are open:
- Chippenham Friday & Saturday Market
- Devizes “Different day-by-day” markets
- Royal Wootton Bassett Wednesday Market
- Salisbury Charter Market (Tuesday & Saturday)
Parks and Play Areas
Wiltshire’s lovely country parks and nature reserves are open to enjoy for recreational use. Most children’s play parks in Wiltshire – as well as outdoor gyms – remain closed, however. To discover whether parks in the county that are run by individual parish or town councils are accessible please contact the relevant local authority.
Public Toilet Availability during the Pandemic
Wiltshire Council only manages one set of public toilets at The Street, in Castle Combe. All other public toilets in the county are cared for by the relevant local town and parish councils. All are open and being cleaned regularly.
- NHS England
- Citizens Advice
- British Sign Language Videos of Latest Government Advice
- Check If You Can Receive Help From An NHS Volunteer
- ONS – Office for National Statistics Latest Coronaviurs Roundup