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Featured Thursday, Oct 22 2020

Slough moves into covid tier 2

Slough will become a covid-19 tier two HIGH area, the council has announced today (Thursday 22 October 2020).

The change will come into force at 00:01 Saturday 24 October.

This is expected to be confirmed in a statement by the Secretary of State for Health in parliament after 2pm today.

The announcement comes following a steady but swift increase in the number of residents testing positive for covid-19 with the number of cases per 100,000 of the population topping 140 this week.

Tier two comes with extra restrictions for all residents – with no exceptions. These include:

·         No mixing indoors with people other than people you live with in the same home; no one outside who you usually live with should come into your home and you should not go to anyone else’s home, unless they are providing care support or are part of your support bubble.

This is on top of the current restrictions for all areas which include:

·         No mixing outdoors with more than five other people

·         Wearing a face covering in enclosed areas including shops and public transport unless exempt

·         A 10pm curfew for pubs, restaurants and takeaways

·         No gatherings or events where 2m distance cannot be maintained

·         Social distancing of 2m in public places

·         At the first sign of symptoms, isolate for 14 days and only go out to get a covid test, not for any other reason.

Schools and workplaces are not affected by the new restrictions.

Leader of the council, James Swindlehurst, said: “This is a position we hoped we would not need, but this virus is still circulating and we must all follow public health advice and take the steps required to help bring down transmission – as this is still a serious illness for many, and, unfortunately still remains a deadly disease for some.

“We and all our partners agreed it was time to move into tier two, as more formal action is needed and we need to prevent cases rising and even more restrictions being put in place.

“In Slough we have not had – so far – a major outbreak around a particular venue or shop like other areas have seen. Our cases are what is called ‘community transmission’ which means covid is being passed from person to person in the community and can’t usually be traced back to any one place or time.

“This means we and our health partners can’t take action alone to stop the spread; it needs you, each and every resident to play their part, do your bit, take the actions you can to protect yourselves, your families and your community.”

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, lead member for health and wellbeing said: “We understand not mixing indoors with anyone other than who you already live with is hard, especially when it comes to not seeing family members or close friends who may live just up the road.

“We do not want to lose any more of our residents, our community to this virus so please work with us, work with our partners, work with our volunteers, and follow the rules to help keep people in Slough safe.”