We are asking our residents to do their bit to reduce the risk of coronavirus outbreaks to protect themselves, their family and friends and keep the borough open.
As restrictions ease, it is everyone’s responsibility to keep their distance, wash their hands regularly and wear a face covering where instructed. These simple steps can keep the borough safe, secure and open.
The simple, everyday steps that you can take to keep your loved ones and our borough safe from the virus, include:
- try to stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze (not your hands)
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- be extra vigilant around those medically vulnerable or shielding
It’s also vitally important that anyone with symptoms self-isolates and gets tested. This offers one of the best lines of defence against the virus spreading and closing down the borough, specific venues or sections in the borough.
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Testing is always free via the NHS. You can book a test on the NHS website or call 119. Anyone with symptoms should isolate immediately, alongside their household, and apply for a test.
Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:
“Protecting our borough is everyone’s responsibility – keep your distance, wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering. If you have symptoms please self-isolate and get a free test. Let’s work together to keep our borough open and the risk to our loved ones as low as possible.
“Many Bracknell Forest residents have stuck to the government’s instructions diligently since March and so now I’m asking that we take responsibility for our own safety and that of our community by taking preventative steps and testing if you have any symptoms.
“These simple steps will reduce the risk of any local outbreaks and subsequent restrictions being put in place. Together we can all protect our family, friends and borough and keep it safe and open.”
We have an Outbreak Control Plan in place, which sets out how we and our partners will work with residents and local communities to quickly control and reduce the risk of the virus spreading within the community.
In the event of any local outbreak, we will communicate with those impacted regularly and will also provide community updates on our website and social media channels.
We will also send information out in our e-newsletter, Town & Country, which also contains general news and information.
For more information, visit our protect our borough page.