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Update from council leader - 2 December

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

As we come out of national restrictions and return to the regional tier system, from today, Bracknell Forest is rated as tier 2 ‘high’ risk. I’d urge residents to follow the rules for that tier to keep themselves and their loved ones as safe as possible.

Tier 2 rules means that you can meet in groups of up to six outdoors as well as visit entertainment venues, personal care businesses such as hairdressers and beauty salons, gyms and leisure facilities, pubs and restaurants (that are serving food), essential and non-essential shops and places of worship.

The recent national restrictions have seen a drop in cases in Bracknell Forest and so I’d like to thank residents for consistently playing their part in reducing the spread of the virus and doing all they can to keep their loved ones safe.

As we continue to go through the pandemic, we all have a duty to be diligent in protecting ourselves, our families and our friends and our borough by sticking to the rules and keeping up good health and hygiene practices, which have shown to have had a positive impact locally in recent weeks.

When seeing friends and family you do not live with (or who are not part of your support bubble), you must only meet outdoors and in a group of no more than six. In England, this limit of six includes children of any age.

The hands, face, space message is still key, and this had now been enhanced with the addition of ventilate and isolate. It has been recognised that the majority of the spread is through household transmission and keeping homes well ventilated can help reduce this spread.

The reopening of shops before the festive period is great news. I’d like to ask you to please be mindful of social distancing and respectful of other shoppers. We all want to enjoy this time and by following this advice we can work together to stay safe.

You can find out more about the tier system on GOV.UK, and I encourage you to find the latest statistics for Bracknell Forest using the Berkshire Public Health COVID-19 dashboard.

Have a good week, and stay safe.