Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday on new national restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19, some Bracknell Forest Council buildings will be closed from Thursday 5 November.
As in the initial lockdown in the spring, the majority of council services will still be accessible using online and digital means. However most of our libraries and leisure services, run by our partner Everyone Active (Bracknell Leisure Centre, Coral Reef Waterworld and Downshire Golf Course) are now closed in line with the new national lockdown measures.
Parks, open spaces and playgrounds will remain open.
The Click & Tip service at Longshot Lane waste and recycling centre is open.
Schools, nurseries, colleges and childminders remain open.
Bracknell and Crowthorne libraries are open for 'select and collect' only.
Whitegrove Library’s select and collect service will be open from Saturday (7 November) and Sandhurst Library’s select and collect service will start next Thursday (12 November).
More information is available on our libraries updates page.
Our community learning team is continuing to provide support to learners, this will be using a mixture of classroom based and online learning.
Access to the Open Learning Centre will be by appointment only. More information is available on our community learning pages.
The Look Out
The Look Out outdoor playground will remain open but with tighter, revised arrangements and a reduced capacity. Spaces must be booked in advance using the online booking system but there is no longer a charge for booking the play area. Bookings cover access to the play area for a specific period of time only. Visitors must follow government guidance and stay within their household bubbles.
The coffee shop is open for takeaway only and the forest remains open for exercise. The car park is open. Pay and display charges apply.
Indoor facilities at The Look Out Discovery Centre remain closed.
Stay at home
From today (5 November), residents must stay at home, and should only leave their homes for a limited set of reasons. These include:
- for education
- for work, if you cannot work from home
- for exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household
- for all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
- to shop for food and essentials
- to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
If you are self-isolating, are clinically extremely vulnerable or need support with anything from finance to mental health, there is help available.
The Bracknell Forest Community Response can help if you live in Bracknell Forest, don't have support from family and friends and you:
- have received a letter from the government telling you that you are clinically extremely vulnerable
- are self-isolating due to having COVID-19 symptoms or living with someone who does, or if you have been asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace
- are social distancing but have other health conditions, disabilities or caring responsibilities that make it difficult for you to leave your home
The response can help with things like:
- food shopping
- collecting prescriptions
- dog walking
- information and advice
Contact the Bracknell Forest Community Response by:
- email: email@example.com
- phone: 01344 266911 between 8am and 8pm
If you are struggling with anything from staying active at home, mental health, access to food or financial, housing and welfare advice, visit our coronavirus support pages.
The coronavirus job retention scheme, known as the furlough scheme, will remain open until March, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.
Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council and Chair of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board, said:
“It’s really important that we all follow the national restrictions in order to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our borough from the spread of COVID-19.
“Naturally, I know people will be disappointed that some businesses and services will have to close again but this step has been brought in by the government to help keep us and our loved ones safe.
“If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, are self-isolating and do not have family and friends nearby, are concerned about your mental, physical or emotional wellbeing, or need some financial help, there is support available. Please visit the coronavirus information pages on our website for more information.
“Together we can and will overcome this virus and together we can protect each other and our borough.”