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Update from council leader - 9 December

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

Last week saw Bracknell Forest transition from national lockdown to tier 2 ‘high’ restrictions, meaning that non-essential local shops across the borough and in The Lexicon were able to re-open their doors.

I am delighted that we are all able to do some of our Christmas shopping locally, and it is an excellent opportunity to support local traders at a time when they need our help following a difficult trading year. Please do shop local where you can. If you’re unable to get to the shops, don’t forget there are lots of small, independent, local businesses you could purchase gifts from online, businesses which have had a very tough year and would be grateful of your support.

I am very proud of the way that Bracknell Forest has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of our residents have complied with the changing rules and we have managed to keep our rates of infections relatively low. We must continue to protect ourselves and be respectful of others whilst out and about; the hands, space, face message is still very important as is the rule around only meeting in groups of up to six people in outdoor spaces. Remember, if you are eating out, visiting coffee shops or leisure venues, you can only meet inside with those you live with or who are in your support bubble.

I am also proud to tell you about the new team of COVID-19 ambassadors that Bracknell Forest Council has recruited. This new role has been created to help control infection rates in Bracknell Forest, with the ambassadors providing helpful support and guidance to the public.

The new ambassadors are based mainly in Bracknell town centre but will also be visiting other popular locations as and when required. They are helping to manage the move from the national restrictions to tier 2 ‘high’ risk and help keep people safe in the run up to Christmas.

These COVID ambassadors will help to guide the public to make sure that we follow the rules and protect our borough. They’re also there to provide help, so if you want advice on COVID-19 and how to keep yourself safe please do ask them.

For more information on COVID-19 visit GOV.UK.

I hope you all have a good week and stay safe.