Bracknell Forest Placed in Tier 3
17th December 2020 Posted in Council News
Due to a significant rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases within the borough, Bracknell Forest has now been placed in tier 3 ‘very high’ risk.
Since the borough entered tier 2 just two weeks ago, the rate has risen from 87.3 per 100,000 to 222 per 100,000.
Tier 3 restrictions will come into force 00:01am on Saturday, 19 December.
Now, more than ever, the residents of Bracknell Forest are being urged to play their part and adhere to the regulations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
From Saturday residents will face restrictions including:
• No mixing of households indoors, or in most outdoor places including private gardens, apart from support bubbles, meetings in groups of up to six can take place in some public outdoor places such as parks and public gardens
• Entertainment venues will be closed
• Pubs and restaurants will be closed except for takeaways/deliveries
• Group exercise activities and indoor sports should not take place unless with your household
• Avoid travelling out of the area and reduce the number of journeys
• No overnight stays except within household or support bubbles
Residents will be able to:
• Visit personal care businesses like hairdressers and beauty salons
• Visit essential and non-essential shops
• Visit places of worship but not interact with others outside of your household
• Attend exercise classes and organised adult sport outside but high-risk contact activity should be avoided
Residents must only socialise indoors at home with people who they live with or who are in their support bubble.
Residents should continue to work from home where possible and should avoid travelling between tiers unless absolutely necessary for work, education, youth services, for medical treatment or for caring responsibilities.
To help reduce the spread it is important for all residents to follow the hands, face space, ventilate and isolate rules:
• hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
• face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
• space – stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)
• ventilate – open windows to maintain a flow of fresh air indoors
• isolate – if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with somebody who has tested positive, isolate and arrange for a test
It is also important to follow the rule of six when outside.
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.
Find out more about the tier system on GOV.UK
You can find the latest statistics for Bracknell Forest on the Covid-19 Dashboard
Guidance on self-isolation can be found at Stay at home via the Government website