Wiltshire & Swindon Local Resilience Forum
About this website during Coronvirus
This website is not one that is used by local agencies during response. However, it does provide information about COVID-19 (see latest blog post). It is important to signpost you to the most appropriate sources of information:
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is being led nationally by NHS England and rolled out by Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The CCG now has a dedicated vaccination page on its website and this is the go to place for all the latest vaccination information. The website can be accessed here.
On Monday 22nd February 2021, the Prime Minister announced a Roadmap to ease the lockdown restrictions in England which will commence on Monday 8th March 2021.
It outlined four steps for easing restrictions. Before taking each step, the Government (HMG) will review the latest data on the impacts of the previous step against the following four tests:
- The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
- Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
- Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
- HMG’s assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new ‘Variants of Concern’.
There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step; four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions, followed by seven days’ notice of restrictions to ease.
The four steps for easing restrictions are:
Step 1 – the priority is to ensure that all children and students return safely to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from Monday 08.03.21.
Step 2 – which will be no earlier than Monday 12.04.21, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres.
Step 3 – which will be no earlier than Monday 17.05.21, HMG will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.
Step 4 – which will take place no earlier than Monday 21.06.21, HMG hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact. Before Step 4 begins, HMG will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission.
Full details of the ‘Covid-19 Response - Spring 2021’ roadmap can be found here.
The national lockdown in England was announced by HMG on Monday 4th January 2021 and outlined the restrictions being imposed. Details can be found at the link below.
Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.
Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives!