Protect our borough from COVID-19
Keep Bracknell Forest open
There are simple actions that we can all take to keep Bracknell Forest open and protect our borough from the threat of COVID-19 outbreaks.
Residents and the Bracknell Forest community are urged to take important, small steps to protect themselves, their family and their friends.
Steps you can take include:
- try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- be extra vigilant around those medically vulnerable or shielding
Remember that these steps should be followed wherever you are. For example it’s just as important to keep your distance and keep up hygiene measures on your lunch break as it is while you’re working.
You must wear a face covering by law in certain places, including in shops and on public transport.
If you can, also wear a face covering in other places when it's hard to stay away from people, or you can’t maintain a 2 metre social distance.
A full list of locations you must wear a face covering is available on GOV.UK.
There are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where people are not expected to wear face coverings.
A list of when you do not need to wear a face covering can be found on GOV.UK.
Test and trace
Test and trace is a crucial part of protecting our community from COVID-19 spreading. It is everyone’s responsibility to get tested if they have symptoms.
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Testing is free from the NHS. Never give your bank details or personal information to anyone else offering a test. You can find out more about how to spot a test and trace scam on the East Berkshire CCG website.
Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for at least 7 days and order a test immediately or call 119. Anyone else in the household must self-isolate for 14 days.
If the test is negative, you and other household members no longer need to self-isolate.
If the test is positive, you must complete the remained of your 7-day self-isolation. Your household must complete their 14-day self-isolation.
Shared or close contacts
The NHS test and trace service will send you a text, email alert or call you with instructions of how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited.
If you are a shared or close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus you will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. You will be told to begin self-isolation for 14 days. Your household doesn’t need to self-isolate with you.
If you develop symptoms while in self-isolation, other members of your household must self-isolate immediately at home for 14 days and you must book a test.
If you test positive, you must continue to stay at home for at least 7 days from when you displayed symptoms. NHS test and trace will get in touch to ask about your close contacts. If you test negative, you must still complete your 14-day self-isolation period because the virus may not be detectable yet.
You can find out more about test and trace on the NHS website or by calling 119.
We have an Outbreak Control Plan in place. This sets out how the council and its partners will work with our residents and local communities to quickly control and reduce the risk of the virus spreading within the community.
We will communicate with those impacted regularly. We will provide community updates on this site and our social media channels. We will also send information out in our newsletter, Town & Country Extra, which also contains general news and information.