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It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Update from council leader - 4 November

Time Square council offices

Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

With new national restrictions in England having been announced over the weekend, from Thursday, 5 November, we encourage all Bracknell Forest residents to stay at home, and to only leave for a limited set of reasons in order to protect our loved ones.

These reasons 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. You can also leave your home for medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm, to shop for food and essentials and to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.

Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed. Click and collect services can continue and essential shops, including supermarkets, will remain open. Pubs, bars and restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services.

These are important rules to help protect ourselves, our loved ones and our borough. Please do follow them fully.

With the new restrictions in mind, celebrating Bonfire Night and Diwali will, unfortunately, like many things this year be difficult due to the pandemic. However, we hope that residents will still be able to enjoy this season’s events through virtual means.

It has been wonderful to see residents celebrating Halloween safely and in keeping with guidelines over the weekend, and by marking the event in alternative ways in order to protect their family and friends.

For Bonfire Night it is important that you take the right safety precautions and we hope that residents can plan their firework displays in the coming weeks to make sure they are safe and enjoyable. Visit the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website for advice.

I would also like to wish a Happy Diwali to residents celebrating the Indian festival of lights on Saturday, 14 November. We want our communities to be able to celebrate Diwali as safely as possible in these challenging times, and we encourage you to join the Indian Community of Bracknell’s virtual events. Find out more on the Bracknell Indian Association Facebook page.

I hope that you all have a good week and continue to protect yourselves and your loved ones.