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Update from council leader - 21 April

Leader update Time Square front

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

The ceremonial royal funeral of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh took place at Windsor Castle on Saturday, with a national minute silence held at the beginning of the service. I would like to thank residents who followed the COVID-19 guidance, and paid their respects safely, and privately, in their own homes.

On Friday we saw the launch of Pharmacy Collect in Bracknell Forest, a new service which ensures that residents have easy access to free home testing kits. With Pharmacy Collect, people aged over 18 without symptoms will be able to visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of seven rapid tests.

One in three people with COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms and may be spreading the virus without realising. Rapid testing detects cases quickly, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately, breaking chains of transmission and saving lives. Adults should test twice a week, leaving a gap of three to four days between tests. You can visit the NHS website to find pharmacies near you.

If testing at home, you must register your results on GOV.UK or by calling 119. If the test result is positive, it is vital that you self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test within 48 hours.

If the result is negative, it is only an indication that you are unlikely to have COVID-19 and is not 100% confirmation. With a negative result self-isolation may cease, however you must continue to observe hands, face, space and continue to get regularly tested, even if you have been vaccinated.

Once your results have been registered, disposing of the home test kits is simple. The plastic items in the LFT need to go in the green general waste bin and the cardboard box and paper leaflets can be recycled in the blue bin.

Finally, I would like to remind residents that the Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be taking place on Thursday, 6 May. You can find more information on these elections including changes to polling venue locations, and how to request a postal or proxy vote, on our website.

I hope that you have a good week and remember to protect yourselves, your loved ones, and our borough.