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   WEST BERKS COVID NEWS    3 October, 2020

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Self-isolation guidance

self- isolation

The Government announced on 28 September that residents in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. This law has been introduced to ensure compliance with self-isolation rules and to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Two key pieces of guidance have been updated to include the new legal requirements for self-isolation:

  • Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection here
  • Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus infection who do not live with the person here

Covid-19: local cases data



There have been 27 cases of Covid-19 in West Berkshire this week (21 - 27 September).  

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.

Public health teams across Berkshire have recently joined together to create a new website providing local data across Berkshire. You can find the website here: https://berkshirepublichealth.co.uk


Protect your loved ones. Get the app.

appWe want to say thank you to everyone who has already downloaded the NHS Test and Trace App.

We’re encouraging all of our residents to download the app which is available on Apple or Google Play stores. 

If you’re unsure on how the app works, you can watch the video of Council Leader Lynne Doherty walking you through it or visit the NHS website

Let’s keep West Berkshire safe together.

Last chance to invest in Green Bonds

CMI bond

Our new Community Municipal Investment has raised around £800k from over 550 investors, with just two weeks left to invest, and is part of our plans to help build back better after the pandemic. We were delighted to take part in this year’s Green Fest, with an online event featuring Councillor Ross Mackinnon and Bruce Davis from Abundance speaking about the CMI’s benefits for investors who want to combine a low risk financial return with an immediate positive local impact.

That impact is already being felt across the district. With kids get back in their classrooms, Aldermaston primary and the Willink secondary schools are generating their own green electricity thanks to panels funded by the CMI. The recent bout of sunny weather isn’t just boosting our mood despite the challenges of Covid, it's cutting our carbon footprint too.

We’re now looking at a range of exciting ecological initiatives to benefit from the next tranche of capital. Be a part of it and make an immediate difference to your community.

Spot our banners in Newbury

bannerIf you're walking around Newbury Town Centre, see if you can spot our new lamp post signs.  

We have worked with Newbury Bid to arrange the lamp post signs in Newbury high street, to help reinforce the national messages. These are:

  • Wash you hands
  • Wear a face mask
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Get a test if you have symptoms

If you see them, please take a picture and tag us on our social media. 



Students’ views on Covid-19


We spoke to students from St Bartholomew's and Trinity School to hear their responses and views on Covid related issues, such as the rule of 6, wearing a face mask and social distancing.  You can watch these two videos here and here.

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