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Free COVID-19 packs given out by the council

Socially distanced with packs

To help keep shoppers safe in the run up to Christmas, the council had a number of people out and about in The Lexicon on Saturday to offer COVID-19 support and advice.

Cllr Ms Ash Merry, Borough Mayor, and Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, Executive Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, were joined by the new COVID-19 ambassadors in Bracknell town centre. They were also joined by Cllr Mrs Isabel Mattick, Mayoress. Together they handed out free face coverings and anti-bacterial hand gel to shoppers as part of the council’s effort to keep the borough in tier 2 in the lead up to Christmas. They also helped residents to understand the new tier 2 restrictions and answered any questions they had on the new rules.

The COVID-19 ambassadors are in the town to help shoppers as they move around the town centre. Since starting last week, they have had great feedback from the people they meet. In the first week, each ambassador walked an average 40,000 steps a day answering questions and helping with queues.

Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, Executive Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, said:

“It is great to welcome our residents back to The Lexicon for all of their Christmas shopping.

"Our new COVID-19 ambassadors are doing a great job already, helping to keep the town centre as safe as possible. It’s fantastic to see so many people shopping locally but please remember that the COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. Only go shopping with members of your own household and just remember – hands, face, space.”

Cllr Ash Merry, Borough Mayor, said:

“It’s been lovely being in The Lexicon seeing so many residents enjoying being out again and able to shop.

"May I take this opportunity of wishing you all a very merry Christmas and more importantly a very safe Christmas. Please have a great time and thank you for keeping our wonderful borough safe.”