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News: March 2021

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Free webinars to help businesses reopen safely

The Government’s plan to gradually ease lockdown restrictions means that non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality, personal care and other sectors are currently expected to reopen on 12 April.

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Update from council leader - 31 March

Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, gives a weekly update.

He discusses the easing of national restrictions and the 'stay at home' rule ending. 

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Workplace testing programme expands

Employers who have more than 10 staff will now be able to offer their employees free, rapid and regular COVID-19 tests that can be taken at home.

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Support after shielding

In line with government guidance, from Thursday 1 April, clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) residents no longer need to shield and can follow national restrictions in place for everyone to stay safe.

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Rapid test site opens in Bracknell town centre

A new rapid testing site is opening in Bracknell town centre on Tuesday, 30 March to enable people who work in, or visit the town centre for a permitted reason, to have regular asymptomatic lateral flow testing.

The new site at One Lexicon (High View House) will offer asymptomatic testing from 8am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

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Update from council leader - 24 March

Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, gives a weekly update.

He discusses census day which took place on Sunday, and the carers who are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bracknell town centre

Additional consultation on Local Plan to start

The council’s decision-making executive agreed the final version of the borough’s Local Plan on Tuesday, ahead of its submission to the government for examination by an independent inspector.

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Supporting access to apprenticeships

This week the Executive supported recommendations made by the Education, Skills and Growth Overview and Scrutiny Panel which are intended improve access to apprenticeships.

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COVID-19 vaccination for carers

Sole or primary carers who provide close personal care or face-to-face support for an elderly or disabled clinically vulnerable person in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation groups 1 to 6, are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.