Reading people are now living through the third national lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic after a rapid rise in cases due to a new form of the infection.
Speaking after the prime minister's 'stay at home' announcement, Reading Borough Council leader Jason Brock said: “The reality is the rapid spread of this new strain means there is no choice but to tighten restrictions once more. In Reading, the infection rate per 100,000 for the week December 24th to 30th to 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."
Before the latest lockdown came into effect on 5 January 2021, our town had been in the highest level of local restrictions (Tier 4) since 20 December 2020.
Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people stays the same: you should not attend work, school, college or university and only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.
Your wellbeing in lockdown
- Leave home for medical reasons such as getting a Covid test or vaccination, an NHS appointment or emergency care
- Go out once a day for exercise (including driving to a local outdoor public space)
- Bring a child to an outdoor playground
- Visit your support bubble and stay overnight, but ideally they should live locally
- Go to shops for food and medicines (and do this on behalf of a vulnerable or self-isolating person)
- Leave home to escape domestic abuse or other harm
- Visit someone who is dying (check first if they’re in a care home/hospital/hospice) or to bring that person to a medical appointment
- Visit a place of worship
Remember to wash hands, wear a face covering and keep two metres apart.
Visit gov.uk for full rules
Boris Johnson said he had ordered the lockdown after hearing that the NHS could be overwhelmed within three weeks if no action was taken.
The third lockdown also means that schools have closed to all pupils unless they are vulnerable or have parents who are keyworkers, and will deliver remote learning instead.
It will be against the law to meet people socially unless they are part of your household or support bubble, although you can meet one other person for exercise, such as going for a walk, if you keep two metres apart.