The change will come into force at 00:01 Saturday 24 October. Find out more details about Slough going into tier 2 and what it means.
Please go to our coronavirus pages for the latest guidance, how services are affected, and what help is available.
Page updated: 23 October 2020
Slough will become a covid-19 tier two HIGH area at 00:01 on Saturday 24 October.
Tier two comes with extra restrictions for all residents – with no exceptions. These include:
No mixing indoors with people other than people you live with in the same home; no one outside other than who you usually live with should come into your home and you should not go to anyone else’s home, unless they are providing care support or are part of your support bubble.
The government guidance is:
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
This will be enforced by the police where necessary, please call 101 to report and visit Thames Valley Police website for more information.
If someone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus - a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia (anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell, it can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked). The person with symptoms has to stay home for 10 days, for everyone else in the household they must stay home for 14 days, unless they get symptoms, then it’s 10 days from onset of symptoms. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. For more in depth information: Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
The first hybrid walk-in and drive-in testing centre in the country has been set up in Slough. The testing centre is based in the Montem Car Park, Montem Lane and open 8am-8pm 7 days a week. As well as booking an appointment, online or by calling 119, you can drop in still by walking in, but no longer by driving in. At the moment capacity is limited, this is due to an instruction from central government for the site to be appointment only; not an issue with the site operations locally.
People with symptoms should no longer call 111 unless the fever continues for more than seven days or they are extremely unwell or have an underlying medical condition that puts them at risk.
People can continue to use the online 111 service.
We would like to stress the importance of usual illness prevention:
◾wash your hands often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
◾avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
◾avoid close contact with people who are sick
◾cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
◾clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment
◾if you are worried about your symptoms, please use NHS 111 online. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.
The NHS website has more information about how you can reduce the possible spread of infection.
The app has launched nationwide to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing.
Features of the app include contact tracing using Bluetooth, risk alerts based on postcode district, QR check-in at venues, symptom checker and test booking.
Businesses are now required by law to display the official NHS QR code posters so people can check-in at different premises with the app.
Those aged 16 and over can use the app in multiple languages. It forms a central part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England – identifying contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus.
General information on the app is available here.
You can download the app for free on itunes or Google play.
As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.
We've designed a useful infographic which provides you with a clear pathway of things you should consider, throughout your day, to keep you healthy and help protect you from Coronavirus. Share amongst your friends and family, or print it out and stick it up somewhere as a useful reference.
The current Coronavirus epidemic and the lockdown measures that are in place, can present new challenges for children and families however there is still support available to you.
Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
How the council uses the information it collects through the Covid-19 Hub which coordinates services to those needing support during the pandemic.