Central Government has put England in a full lockdown – please start following the guidance immediately.
Unfortunately, the new strain of coronavirus is increasing cases significantly, as well as adding pressure on the NHS. This is the safest option right now and is hugely important to help bring soaring transmission rates down.
As of 30 December, the case rate per 100,000 people in Wokingham Borough was staggeringly high at 547. We must stick to rules and follow the guidance set out by the Government. Under new restrictions:
- You must stay at home as much as possible and only leave for a limited number of exceptions, such as to shop for essentials, to go to work if you absolutely cannot work from home, to exercise, to seek medical assistance, or to escape domestic abuse
- If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
- Shielding will resume for people in the vulnerable category. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
- Primary schools, secondary schools and colleges across England must move to remote learning until February half term, apart from for vulnerable children and children of key workers. Alternatives to summer exams will also be sought. Everyone will still be able to access early year settings, including nurseries
This is not an extensive list. For the full guidance, please visit the Gov.uk website. We will update our own website over the next 24 hours.