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Update from council leader - 30 December

Time Square

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

I hope that you have all managed to relax a little over the holidays so far, and I would like to wish you all a healthy and hopeful New Year.

While many of us can enjoy a well-deserved break over the holidays, I’d like to take a moment to commend everyone who has been or will be working over the festive period to maintain our vital services across the borough. We will continue to support vulnerable people within the community, which is especially important over the winter months and during the pandemic. This is entirely due to the hard work of staff and volunteers, who I would like to thank for their dedication.

Although this has been a difficult year, I hope that there are some positives that we can all take with us into 2021. I am extremely proud of residents who have made sacrifices and followed COVID-19 restrictions, and for putting the safety and wellbeing of their families and loves ones first.

Remember that we are still in tier 4, and the same rules apply for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as they did for Christmas. We must remember that the virus is spreading at an alarming rate, so you must stick to the tier 4 restrictions and follow the hands, face, space rules in order to protect ourselves, protect our loved ones and protect our borough.

While not all of us will suffer from the serious harm that COVID-19 can cause, we all need to continue to think about how we behave and what part we play in stopping the spread of this dreadful infection to those for whom it can have devastating consequences.

I understand that this is a hard time for many residents who may have celebrated Christmas alone or were unable to see loved ones. For anyone who is struggling, whether it is mentally or financially, there is support available for you. Please visit the help for anyone struggling during the pandemic page on our website.

I hope that you have a happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing you next year.