Wiltshire Council latest news – Tuesday 12 May 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE – Tuesday 12 May 2020
In Sunday evening’s address to the nation, the Prime Minister announced new lockdown advice and phases on how the nation will take its first few steps towards normality. The speech, which can be downloaded here stressed a new emphasis for the nation to “stay alert” instead of “stay home” with the easing of restrictions dependent on how control of the coronavirus progresses.
The latest updated guidance is available on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and via the following links:
- Our Plan to Rebuild – the UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy
- Gov UK – Updated Covid-19 FAQs
- Gov UK – Employer guidance
- Gov UK – Staying safe outside your home
Following the Prime Minister’s speech the council will now work to see how we can support our staff, residents and businesses to ensure these are safely implemented across Wiltshire.
We are still deciding what impact this announcement will have for council services, but in the line with the Government’s latest message for now we expect all staff currently working from home to continue to do so and we would urge local businesses to adopt the same approach.
Our staff will only attend the workplace where it has already been identified as essential for the council to be able to deliver services. We would also ask that residents continue to only make essential face-to-face visits to our three hubs if they have safeguarding issues which cannot be dealt with over the phone.
It is vital that residents carry on following Government guidance as this will help save lives and ensure we can ease social distancing measures and recover from COVID-19.
We will work with businesses to ensure that they have can safely start to put in place to reopen in the timescales set out by the Prime Minister yesterday.
This is a challenging time for everyone and the way we have all pulled together to look out for each other and protect the vulnerable is truly remarkable.
Cllr Philip Whitehead