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Update from the council leader - 17 August

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Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

"Now that schools are closed for the summer holidays, some of us may be looking for a much needed get-away. Whilst it’s important we take time to relax, we must check the latest safety guidance before booking a trip abroad.

"Following a spike in coronavirus cases in Spain, the government advised against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain, the Balearics and Canaries, and those who do travel to the UK from those destinations must quarantine for 14 days.

"I know this may seem frustrating for those who have holidays to Spain already booked, but I must urge you to follow the government guidance to prevent an increase in cases for us here in the UK.

"We have been working hard here in Bracknell to protect our borough and keep each other safe, we must continue this behaviour when travelling out of the area whether that be abroad or to somewhere else in the country.

"Social distancing guidance will vary between countries and it’s crucial that you check for the most up to date guidance for that country before you travel. Be prepared to comply with measures at your destination to manage a localised outbreak. You may need to stay longer. It would be sensible to plan for such delays to your return home and the financial implications or practical arrangements you may need to make.

"It’s also advisable to check with your tour operator to confirm the status of your upcoming holiday, and to acquaint yourself with the insurance that covers your holiday, as you may not be covered financially should the pandemic worsen.

"If you, or someone you’re going away with develops coronavirus symptoms, you must not travel, but instead self-isolate and book a test immediately. If you fall unwell away from home, you must self-isolate according to the local authority and contact your airline or travel company, and your insurance provider as soon as you can.

"By following the guidance, you will be able to enjoy your holiday safely and make the most of the summer that we so desperately looked forward to in lockdown.

"As always, stay alert and keep safe. Enjoy your week."