The Government has announced a new national lockdown, effective from today, which means that once again we must stay at home with the exception of a small number of permitted reasons. This will understandably impact on residents of all ages physically, mentally and financially so we have put together a list of support options and organisations at the bottom of this email should you or someone you know need help. With new cases rising and pressure growing on the NHS again, we must all take responsibility and do our bit by helping to minimise transmission of coronavirus. In Reading, the infection rate per 100,000 for the week December 24th to 30th was 548.9. That is up from 440.1 the previous week and up from 220.1 in mid-December. The figures are stark and speak for themselves.
We should all stay at home except to:
- Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- Meet your support or childcare bubble if you are legally permitted to form one
- Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, ideally in your local area
- Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
The full lockdown details can be found on the Government website.
Schools are now only physically open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers.
People who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be contacted and should follow the instructions in the letter they receive.
Please wash your hands regularly, wear a mask if you do need to go out and keep your distance from others. If you develop COVID symptoms; a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, please get a test to help protect others. You can arrange a test by clicking here to arrange one on the Government website.
We hope a successful and rapid vaccine roll out over the next few weeks will provide protection for the most vulnerable members of our community. I would strongly urge people in those categories to take up the offer of a vaccine when it comes. The higher the number of people vaccinated, the quicker we can get back to a level of normality, which is what we are all striving for.
Reading reacted magnificently when a national lockdown was called by Government back in March last year and in November. I have little doubt it will do so again.