As we move towards summer, there’s a real sense of returning to some sort of normal, with many shops, pubs and restaurants starting to re-open their doors.

However, to ensure we can continue to get our borough back up on its feet again, It’s important to remind ourselves what the symptoms of coronavirus are, and what we should be looking out for.

The three main things to look out for are a new, continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.

If you do have any of these symptoms, then it’s important to get tested. Thanks to council teams working hard to support local testing, we have been able to provide a location in Bracknell for a mobile testing unit, and details of when this will be in our area are advertised on the council’s social media, our website and in our monthly newsletter, Town and Country Extra, which you can sign up for at: There is also a hybrid walk-in and drive-in testing centre in Slough, just 30 minutes drive from Bracknell Forest.

The important thing to remember, is that for most people, coronavirus will be a mild illness, and by continuing to follow government guidance on hygiene, social distancing and wearing face coverings when needed, we can all help control the virus and reduce the risk of localised outbreaks within our communities. By knowing what to look out for, we can continue to work towards our recovery.

I’d encourage you all to keep an eye on the council’s social media for future testing dates, as well as being aware of your own health and those around you. By working together as a community, and knowing what to look for, we can help to ensure that together we can continue to recover. Until next week, stay safe.