Covid-19: Open letter to Wiltshire communities

Covid-19: Open letter to Wiltshire communities

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 10:38am 6th April 2020.

3 minute read

A message for all of us has been put together by a number of local authorities and public services.

The letter's been a joint effort from Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Police, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Wiltshire Air Ambulance and the NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG.

Within the post, the partners ask us to respect the guidance from the Government.

Here's the letter in full: 

"To everyone across Wiltshire and Swindon, it's a simple message.

"Please stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

"The most important action we can all take across the county, in fighting the spread of coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

"All partners across Wiltshire and Swindon are working together to take all the necessary steps to slow the spread of the virus and to ensure we are well prepared for increases in cases across the county.

"NHS services across the area are ready to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and deal with an upturn in patient numbers caused by the outbreak. 

"Staff across councils, NHS services, police, fire and voluntary and community sector organisations are all working extremely hard to make sure we can continue to deliver our essential services and support the most vulnerable in our communities.

"But we also need your help. Today. Anyone can spread the virus. Please stay at home.

"The Government guidance asks that:

  • You do not meet up with or visit friends and family members that do not live with you.
  • You only leave your home for essentials such as food or medicine, to travel to work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home), to exercise, such as for a run, walk or cycle or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • You should minimise your time outside of your home to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Stay local - use open spaces near to your home where possible - do not travel unnecessarily
  • Only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • Keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • Take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
  • Together, with your support, we can save lives.

"Thank you for your co-operation, support and understanding at this time."

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