Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:
"The views of our residents have always been important to the council and their views around COVID-19 are no different. This week we are launching a survey to find out how our residents have been impacted by the pandemic and will use their feedback to shape the borough’s recovery and renewal over the next 3 years.
"If you do get called by the independent company (Public Perspectives) carrying out the research on our behalf, please do give us your full and honest answers so we can carefully consider how we go forward in line with what matters to you.
"As we go further into the recovery from COVID-19 I’d like to thank everyone in the borough who has diligently stuck to the government’s instructions since March. I know it hasn’t always been easy.
"The next step towards recovery now asks us all to be just as diligent but in a slightly different way. We need to take responsibility for protecting our families, friends and community by taking appropriate preventative steps as well as positive action if we think we’ve been exposed to the virus. We also need to be extremely vigilant in protecting our medically vulnerable residents who will be able to leave their homes from early August and are at a higher risk.
"I’m asking all residents to help us protect our borough and keep it open by carrying out simple tasks, including:
- regular hand washing
- keeping a good social distance
- avoiding large gatherings
- wearing a face covering when you’re out and about in enclosed spaces or on public transport
"I’m also asking everyone who has any COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. Testing and tracing is free and easy and offers our community some of the biggest protection from the spread of the virus. Visit GOV.UK or call 119 for information.
"Anyone with symptoms should isolate immediately, alongside their household, and apply for a test. If a negative test is returned, then isolation is no longer required. If positive, continue to isolate and refer to GOV.UK for guidance.
"Protecting our borough is everyone’s responsibility – keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering, test and trace. Let’s stop the spread together.
"In the unfortunate situation of a local outbreak, like Leicester has recently experienced, the council will keep those immediately impacted updated regularly. We will also use our residents’ email newsletter, Town & Country Extra, to keep the community updated as well as our website and social media channels.
"Sign up for Town & Country Extra for updates on the borough’s response to coronavirus as well as other news and events."