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Thu 10 September 2020: Your regular update from Reading Borough Council on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how you can help
A message from Reading Borough Council leader Jason Brock
News in recent weeks of coronavirus spikes locally, nationally and globally have been a stark reminder to all of us that we must not be complacent in the fight against COVID-19, and that we must continue to be vigilant and careful in everyday life. It is important to remember the following behaviours:
  • Hands – wash your hands regularly, and for 20 seconds
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult andwhere you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
New Government measures come in to operation from Monday to suppress coronavirus and keep infection levels down. You must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together.
 
Work and education settings are unaffected, and public health guidance is in place to ensure it remains safe for schools to be open. The Council’s Public Health Team and Brighter Futures for Children continue to ensure all relevant guidelines are being followed, which includes children or class bubbles self-isolating when necessary. We appreciate the huge efforts being made in schools across Reading in helping to ensure regular handwashing takes place, respiratory hygiene guidelines are followed and the rapid reporting and action on any positive tests among the school community.
 

While on the theme of education, we are also working with a number of schools to explore the possibility of introducing School Streets. This would allow closures of roads outside schools from traffic for up to 45 minutes, twice a day, during term time. School Streets will give children the chance to walk, cycle or scoot safely in the street of the school without danger from traffic and also help with social distancing during the current pandemic. They could be operating as early as December, and you can click here to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

 
Finally, October is Black History Month which we will be marking via a digital programme of events. More details are below on how you can contribute and get involved.

                         Black History Month - How To Get Involved

                                  

Following the cancellation or postponement of event activity across Reading since lockdown we are pleased to announce that we're looking at marking this year's Black History Month with a digital programme of events and activities throughout October. Whether its hosting a virtual workshop, putting on a live digital performance or storytelling session or holding a competition on your social media channels, all ideas are welcome to help make this year's event as fantastic as possible in this difficult times.

If you or an organisation you work closely with are putting on anything digitally throughout October that would benefit from the Black History Month promotion please get in contact and let us know your plans.  At Reading Borough Council we will publish all events on our website and also produce a full online brochure outlining all events taking place throughout the month that will be distributed within the Reading community.

If you would like to contribute to this year's Black History Month programme please complete the application form. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 17th September 2020.

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST COVID-19 RESPONSE NEWS FROM READING BOROUGH COUNCIL

With the latest advice and service information changing regularly, you can keep up to date by following our dedicated page to the Covid-19 response here: https://www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirus
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