*Last updated 07.01.2021
From Tuesday 5th January at 00:01, England, alongside the rest of the UK, entered a national lockdown.
This means you must stay at home and only leave if it is absolutely essential.
Click here to read the full National Lockdown: Stay at Home Guidance
The UK COVID-19 situation is ever-evolving and can change very suddenly.
For the very latest guidance and advice, please visit: gov.uk/coronavirus.
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 a 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
Household recycling centres (HRCs) are open as usual, but you must book in advance online. However, please only travel to your nearest HRC if it essential to do so. If you have already booked and your journey is not essential, or you cannot attend, please cancel your booking online. Book or amend HRC booking.
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.
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.
Plan ahead to ensure that, where you are visiting places like beaches and national parks, you have checked that they are open and appropriately prepared for visitors. Some locations will be very popular so think carefully about where you are going and how you will be able to keep your distance from others.
When enjoying yourselves outdoors remember to stay safe and alert:
- take hygiene precautions when you are outside
- wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
- keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
- take hand sanitiser with you when you set off in case there are no handwashing facilities
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.
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