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COVID-19

Coronavirus related articles…

What you need to know about Coronavirus

Information for the public on coronavirus is available on the NHS website and
GOV UK Website

You can also find out more on the
Bracknell Forest Website
which is being updated regularly.

Immediate closure of the Recycling Centres in
Bracknell & Reading

Following Prime Minister’s announcement on strict restrictions on movement and non-essential gatherings, re3 has taken the decision to close the Recycling Centres in Bracknell and Reading. This decision has not been taken lightly, but we must now all play our part, stay home to save lives and protect the vulnerable, elderly and the NHS.

re3 will work with its Contractor to redeploy staff and maintain effective receipt of waste from collection services and operate as efficiently as possible.
We will review this decision after the initial three-week period, taking into account the Government advice at the time. During this time, we are asking residents to maximise the kerbside collections and hold-on to any inert waste they may have. We are grateful to all residents for their understanding.

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#AskYourLibrary
we are connecting with borrowers and residents even when the libraries are closed

Every Monday librarians from Bracknell Forest Library and Information Service are live on Twitter to answer questions and give advice and help to borrowers and residents.

In a period when we are all bombarded by news, offers of free resources and suggestions about how to spend our time at home, Bracknell Forest librarians will help you navigate this incredible number of websites, platforms and proposals, to find:

  • Reliable sources for your search, study, work and hobbies
  • Free or very cheap courses that give you real value and help learning new skills or expand your knowledge
  • Ideas for children, from learning resources to entertainment, and the family
  • Book recommendations and reading ideas
  • How to access family search and local study resources from home, such as Ancestry and Find My Past
  • How to borrow e-books, e-audio books, digital magazines and newspapers.

From 3pm to 5pm, every Monday, anyone, library member or not, can tweet replying to the @bracknell_lib account, #AskYourLibrary. Outside those hours, feel free to drop us an email to bracknell.library@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

If your question is about your account, books renewal or charges, please send us an email.

Stay connected with us and subscribe our weekly newsletter, full of ideas and resources, at https://bit.ly/2SIqFU6!

Website: https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/libraries

Facebook: @bracknell.library

Twitter: @bracknell_lib

#AskYourLibrary

Sandhurst Council Thanks NHS & Keyworkers

re3 recycling centres to re-open next week on restricted basis with a booking system in place

To gain access to sites, residents will have to book a time slot using a ‘Click & Tip’ service

The re3 recycling centres on Longshot Lane, Bracknell and Smallmead Island Road, Reading will reopen on 18th May, Monday with a booking system in place. The sites have been temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

An online booking system, ‘Click and Tip’ will open at 10AM, 15th May, Friday and residents of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs will be able to book a time slot via the webform provided on the local councils and re3 websites. Bookings will be available for slots from 8am – 6pm, Monday to Sunday, and residents can book up to 7 days in advance. Due to the limited number of booking slots available, with the sites only operating at 50% of usual capacity, residents are urged to continue to safely store waste at home and only make a booking if the trip to the recycling centres is essential.

The health of residents and staff is always the highest priority, so everyone visiting the reopened sites must follow traffic signs, staff advice and adhere to the social distancing measures that have been put in place.

More information can be found on the re3 website.

Bookings will go live on 10AM, Friday and residents can make a booking via the webform: Click&Tip service.

NEWS RELEASE

Bracknell Forest Council has launched a local contact tracing system today as part of the borough’s continued response to COVID-19 and to reduce the spread locally.


In Bracknell Forest, around 80 per cent of people identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for the virus are successfully contacted by the national NHS test and trace system. While this is much higher than other parts of the country, the council has set up a local system to try and contact as many of the remaining 20 per cent as possible…

Bracknell Forest local contact tracing system launched

16th November 2020

NEWS RELEASE

As the country comes out of national restrictions and returns to the regional tier system, residents in  BracknellForest are once again being called upon to play their part in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

From December 2, the borough will be rated as tier 2 ‘high’ risk and so residents will need to follow the rules for that tier from Wednesday…

Bracknell Forest placed in tier 2 “high risk”

26th November 2020

NEWS RELEASE

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…

Bracknell Forest placed in tier 3

17th December 2020

NEWS RELEASE

Bracknell Forest currently remains as a tier 1 ‘medium risk’ from COVID-19 area, with the local situation being continuously reviewed by council public health experts.

The most recent data available shows the number of cases in the last seven days (up to 22 October) was 90.6 per 100,000 population in Bracknell Forest; this compares to 217.1 per 100,000 for England and …

Bracknell Forest remains tier 1 ‘medium risk’ from COVID-19

29th October 2020

Use of the Tennis Courts

Use of the tennis courts is available from Wednesday
2nd December to MEMBERS OF SANDHURST TENNIS CLUB

To join the club please contact - Alan Bromage - 07870 179753

STC are currently unable to offer general use of the courts as we are following government guidelines and have not yet reopened the office to the public.

Please be aware that no cleansing of the equipment or area is being carried out by Sandhurst Town Council

By order of H.M. Government…

Following a review, Sandhurst Town Council has been placed in Tier 3.

The Council Offices will remain closed until further notice due to the Government restrictions. This is to help the prevention of spreading of the Covid-19 virus.

During this period you will still be able to make contact with Sandhurst Town Council by emailing stc@sandhurst.gov.uk or by phoning 01252 879060.

Enquiries will be answered in due course.

16th December 2020

NEWS RELEASE

Bracknell Forest residents must stay at home and stick to new tier 4 restrictions from Sunday, 20 December and must not form Christmas bubbles.

New rules were announced by the Government on Saturday, 19 December, which places the borough in tier 4 from midnight.

Residents must stay at home...

Bracknell Forest tier 4 restrictions and Christmas bubbles

19th December 2020

NEWS RELEASE

The council is providing further clarity on the return of pupils to the borough’s schools in January following the education secretary’s announcement on 30 December…

Bracknell Forest Schools - January return information

31st December 2020

By order of H.M. Government…

…as part of the UK Coronavirus response, Sandhurst Town Council has closed the tennis courts, basketball court, skatepark and multi-use games area at the Memorial Park.

In addition, the Council Offices will remain closed until further notice. This is to help the prevention of spreading of the Covid-19 virus.

During this period you will still be able to make contact with Sandhurst Town Council by emailing stc@sandhurst.gov.uk or by phoning 01252 879060.

Enquiries will be answered in due course.

5th January 2021

PUBLIC LETTER

To all residents of Bracknell Forest,

Thank you for the support you have shown the NHS and social care during this pandemic. We are writing to you to ask for your help to keep our communities safe.

You will be aware that we are under a national lockdown as a result of significant increases in the numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19. Our local community has high levels of infection and cases are still rising…

Staying safe and using services

16th January 2021

NEWS RELEASE

Walk-through COVID-19 testing centre opens at Bracknell Leisure Centre

21st January 2021

A walk-through COVID-19 testing facility opened this afternoon (Thursday) at Bracknell Leisure Centre, as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities….

NEWS RELEASE

An extra 1.7 million people in England, some of whom are from Bracknell Forest, have been added to the shielding list in the fight against Covid-19 this week. The Government has also extended the shielding period for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable until 31 March, 2021…

Large expansion to the people being asked to shield against COVID-19

19 February 2021

By order of H.M. Government…

…as part of the UK Coronavirus response, Sandhurst Town Council Offices will remain closed until further notice.

 This is to help the prevention of spreading of the
Covid-19 virus.

During this period you will still be able to make contact with Sandhurst Town Council by emailing stc@sandhurst.gov.uk or by phoning 01252 879060.

Enquiries will be answered in due course.

29 March 2021

5.5 million people are claiming Universal Credit

Due to the impact of Coronavirus over 5.5 million people are claiming Universal Credit.
Many of them are new to claiming Universal Credit having been negatively impacted by Coronavirus.

Here’s the Universal Credit guide
https://www.jobcentrenearme.com/universal-credit/


21 May 2021

NEWS RELEASE

Bracknell Forest Council has officially requested that surge testing is deployed across specific parts of the borough given the rising rate of Delta variant COVID-19 cases.


The council is in discussion with both Public Health England and the Government around the need for surge testing locally as the borough’s case rate has risen from 5.7 per 100,000 on 20 May to 96.3 on 4 June and the Delta variant is the most dominant locally…

Bracknell Forest Council formally requests surge testing

10 June 2021

NEWS RELEASE

Surge testing will start in the GU47 0 postcode area of Bracknell Forest from Wednesday, 16 June, to help try and reduce the spread of the Delta variant* locally.

The surge testing will also apply to staff and pupils at all the borough’s secondary schools as well as staff at all primary schools. Primary school children do not need to take part unless they attend Binfield CE Primary School where case numbers have been rising…

Surge testing to start in Bracknell Forest to control spread of COVID-19 variant

11 June 2021

NEWS RELEASE

Surge testing will start in the GU47 0 postcode area of Bracknell Forest today (Wednesday 16 June), to help try and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant locally.

The council is urging residents over the age of 11 (year 7) who are living or working in the GU47 0 postcode area to come forward for a COVID-19 PCR test between 16 and 30 June, provided they are not showing symptoms.…

Surge testing starts in Bracknell Forest

16 June 2021