BRACKNELL Forest will face tier 2 coronavirus restrictions when the second national lockdown ends next month. 

This puts the borough on a ‘high-alert’ and means residents will have to deal with stricter measures than they did before lockdown. 

Locals will not be able to meet other households indoors apart from in support bubbles and will see their favourite pubs and bars shut unless they operate as a restaurant too, but will be able to go shopping and visit the gym. 


The tier two placement comes despite Bracknell Forest recording the lowest infection rate from all boroughs in Berkshire at just 87.3 cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days. 

With residents set to face new measures when lockdown ends on Wednesday, December 2, plenty of you had your say on the announcement online. 

A lot of Bracknell News readers unhappy with the Tier 2 placement, especially as the borough has the lowest infection rate in the county.

Underneath a Bracknell News Facebook post, one said the decision was "total rubbish". 

Another said it was a "bad joke".

"It makes no sense", was the message from another reader.  

One resident posed the following question: 

“So you can watch sports in stadiums with few thousand but can’t meet 6 people indoors but can outdoors. 

“Who comes up with these rules?”

Underneath another Facebook post, one commenter said they were “not surprised but we should be in Tier 1.”

On Twitter, the reaction was not too upbeat either. 

Responding to a Bracknell News tweet, one user said they were “beyond angry” with the decision. 

Another Twitter user said they “hate to see it” following the government’s announcement. 

Bracknell Forest councillor Marc Brunel-Walker also took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the decision in a reply to a resident. 

He said: “I am very frustrated by this decision as well - With the EXCELLENT work that our residents have done following the rules and with infection rates dropping - I, like many others, including James Sunderland, had hoped that we would be in Tier 1.

After calling for Bracknell Forest and Wokingham borough to be placed in tier one earlier this week, MP James Sunderland told the News he was “disappointed” by the government’s decision to put the boroughs into tier two.