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   West Berks Covid -19 Update    17 September, 2020

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Face coverings - wear it right

Face covering advice

Face coverings are now required to be worn in many settings up and down the country as well as on public transport unless you are exempt. Wearing a face covering helps to keep others safe, but are you wearing yours correctly?

Face coverings should cover your mouth, nose and chin with no gaps at the side in order for it to be effective. You should also try to avoid touching your mask whilst wearing it and if using disposable masks please dispose of them carefully.

This YouTube video provides advice on how to wear a mask safely.

You can also find advice online about when to wear a face covering, exemptions, and how to make your own. 


Covid-19: local cases data



There have been 11 cases of Covid-19 in West Berkshire this week (24-30 August).  

On our website you will find a dashboard providing more data for the district including the total number cases since 7 March and the number of cases in your area. 

Visit our website to view more data.


Have you had your flu vaccine?

Flu vaccine

This year, with COVID-19 in circulation, it’s more important than ever that eligible groups are vaccinated to protect them from flu. The flu vaccination is free for a range of people including:

  • Those with a long-term health condition
  • People living with someone who’s at high risk for coronavirus
  • Children aged 2 and 3, pupils in Primary School and in year 7
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged over 65 – where capacity allows, it will be offered to those over 50 later in the year
  • Carers

Visit the NHS website for more information about who should have the flu vaccine. 

Don’t put it off. Protect yourself, protect your family and protect those you care for. Speak to your GP or your local pharmacist today.

Returning to school: Children with SEN & Disabilities

SEND return to school

We know that the last few months have been very difficult for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.

We also know that it’s really important for children’s wellbeing and education that they now go back to school. Having said that, returning to school full time will be a big change and some children will find it hard to adjust at first.

We’ve been working closely with schools to ensure that learning environments are safe. Each school has developed its own plans, they will all differ slightly but may include measures such as grouping children and staff in ‘bubbles’, staggered start and finish times and social distancing where possible.

We’ve also been providing guidance on how to support children to get back on track with their learning and schools are well prepared to assess any gaps in children’s learning and adapt the curriculum to ensure that they can catch up.

If you have any concerns about how your child will be helped, please contact your school. You may also find this leaflet helpful, ‘Returning to school after a period of absence’.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan, the school should now be delivering the provision in the plan. We’ve also produced some wellbeing guidance for parents with children returning to school..

West Berkshire Council Weeknotes

Weekly Update from Lynne and Nick

The Leader of the Council and Chief Executive continue to publish a weekly blog on key activities here at West Berkshire Council.

In this week's Weeknote, Lynne and Nick reflect on the work done to prepare for children to return to school, our ongoing support for the local economy and the importance of continuing social distancing. 

You can read the latest Weeknote here.  



Eat Out to Help Out


Eat Out to Help Out logoThe Eat Out to Help Out scheme was a huge success - both nationally and here in West berkshire. 

According to the Treasury, restaurants have so far made 130,000 claims worth £522m under the scheme.

Restaurants, cafes and pubs locally have been participating in the initiative. It's encouraged residents to begin eating out again, providing a chance to see the changes which have been introduced and to dine out in confidence. Although nationally the scheme is not being extended, there are local eateries continuing to provide the same or similar offers - look out for them and do continue to support our local hospitality sector.

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