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Extra steps to safeguard community from small outbreak

Bracknell Forest Council is working with local business Kaspa’s (located in Royal Winchester House) to take extra steps to safeguard the community from possible COVID-19 transmission, following a very small outbreak earlier this week.

Six young people from Bracknell Forest who tested positive for COVID-19, have a link with the town centre business. Therefore, the council’s environmental health and public health teams have been supporting the business to manage the situation over the past few days.

As part of this support, Kaspa’s has voluntarily agreed to close the restaurant from today (10 September) for a deep clean and other safety measures – to protect staff and customers.

Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, Chairman of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board, said:

“We’ve been working really closely with Kaspa’s following this small outbreak of cases and the business is complying with the advice of our environmental and public health experts.

“We’re really pleased that Kaspa’s has agreed to take this extra step to close for a deep clean as a precaution - they share our aim to protect their staff and customers from any further possible transmission.

“It’s extremely important to remember that this is a very small outbreak and Bracknell Forest still has a very low infection rate.”

A spokesperson from Kaspa’s Bracknell said:

“We are working with council and are taking on board their advice and guidance. The health and safety of our colleagues and customers is our utmost priority and so we are taking the precautionary step to close for a thorough deep clean and to put in place additional safety measures. When we reopen we will have enhanced social distancing measures in place and will be limiting the number of customers in-store. We can confirm that we will be following all health and safety recommendations made by the council’s environmental health team.”  

The business will be closed for both eat-in and take-aways from today (10 September) and is expected to re-open within 14 days to allow for cleaning, the incubation period and other safety measures to be in place.

Residents who have visited Kaspa’s only need to self-isolate and get tested if symptomatic, in line with national guidelines. Anyone who has been contact traced needs to self-isolate for 14 days and should only test if they become symptomatic.

Symptoms include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Cllr Brunel Walker added:

“Customers do not need to self-isolate or apply for a test unless they have symptoms. I know some people may want reassurance and apply for a test ‘just in case’ but it’s important that you do not apply for a test unless you’ve been told to or are symptomatic.

“Anyone who has been identified as a close contact to the six positive cases must continue with self-isolation for the full 14 days, even if a test result is returned as negative.

“The Bracknell Forest community has been amazing throughout the pandemic and so as it continues, we all need to keep up with the hand washing, keeping our distance and wearing a mask in enclosed spaces. These health and hygiene practices will help us to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our borough from COVID-19 infection.”