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Covid-19 – latest West Berkshire Council Information

We’re working hard to continue delivering services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and to support our residents – and in particular those who most need our help.

On our website you will find information about where to find support as well as details of any changes we’ve had to make to services.

You can also keep in touch with us online, and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. 4

Local Outbreak Control Plan published

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This week we published our Local Outbreak Control Plan setting out how we aim to prevent and control any local outbreaks of COVID-19.
This is a very important part of the next stage of the response to COVID-19 recognising that the virus will be with us until a vaccine and or better treatment is available
The Plan details the roles and responsibilities of prevention and management of COVID-19.
As part of the Plan, we’re urging residents to keep up to date with local news by following our social media channels and signing up to this newsletter. If you’re able to share this newsletter and encourage your friends and family to sign up to it, this will help to keep people safe in the event of a local outbreak.
Residents can also play a key part by self-isolating and booking a COVID-19 test if they are suffering symptoms.
Watch a video of what happens at a regional drive in test site such as the one at Newbury Showground.
See a summary of the plans, further information and FAQ’s.

Further Covid-19 data published by Government

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The number of Covid-19 cases in West Berkshire stands at 471, according to new data.
Read more information and an update on the number of Coronavirus confirmed cases in West Berkshire which now contains data from Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 testing. 

West Berkshire Libraries Phased Reopening to the Public

Libraries SignWe’ve announced plans for restoring the library service to the public and staff are working hard on a phased reopening to keep everyone safe. 
Our services and spaces are important to our entire community and we can’t wait to reopen our doors. The first stage, from 13 July will be to re-open Newbury, Hungerford and Thatcham Libraries for book collections during limited opening hours. We hope to open our other libraries on the same basis the following week.
Read more on libraries reopening.

Shielding Updated Guidance for 6 July

This week, the Government has introduced a lot of changes and easing of social distancing restrictions which will come into effect next month. This is as a result of the fact that COVID infection rates have decreased nationally. This will have come as good news for all of us, however it’s extremely important that we all continue to observe good hygiene, social distancing and to self-isolate and request a test if you’re  suffering any coronavirus symptoms. Shielding UpdatesFrom 6 July the government is advising a series of measures to relax shielding guidance which can be read hereIn West Berkshire, we have over 4400 residents identified by the NHS as clinically extremely vulnerable. As these residents may now start to feel more confident and spend more time outdoors, we encourage all residents to be considerate to others, keeping a 2 metre distance from others where possible.Meeting people from outside your householdFrom 4 July, you can meet in a group of 2 households (including your support bubble), in any location- public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time. When you do meet indoors, people from different households should socially distance, where possible. You can only gather in slightly larger groups of up to 30 for major life events, such as weddings. Read the Guidance.Until 4 July, the current guidance should continue to be followed.

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