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Mandatory face coverings reminder

The government announced that face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020.

Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering could face a fine of up to £100.

Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.
Should an individual without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and can call the police.

Do not put face coverings or PPE in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities

You can read the Health Secretary's full statement here and details for how to make a face covering can be found here.
Outbreak control plan

We detailed our Outbreak Control Plan in last week's newsletter. As part of the response to COVID-19, each council with responsibility for statutory Public Health functions has been asked to lead a local approach, based around an outbreak management plan.

In line with national guidance, our Royal Borough Outbreak Control Plan was signed-off by Duncan Sharkey, Managing Director, Tessa Lindfield, Strategic Director of Public Health for Berkshire, and Trish Mannes, Public Health England, Thames Valley Health Protection Team. 

The plan sets out how local partners will work together to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and prevent and manage outbreaks. This is a borough-wide plan and has been developed with our key partners.

You can play your part in keeping safe by following government guidelines on limiting contact with people, keeping your distance from people not in your household and washing your hands regularly.

Battlemead Common

A ‘master plan’ for Battlemead Common has been updated following an ecology report commissioned by the Royal Borough and produced by Austin Foot Ecology.

The original plan for the 110-acre piece of land off Lower Cookham Road was created in 2020 after consultation and sets out to achieve a balance between protecting and enhancing the wildlife and biodiversity of the site, and enabling residents and visitors to enjoy the area.

Scam alert

There are reports of Council Tax scams. If you receive an email, text message or phone call offering a refund or band reassessment, don't give out personal information, including bank account or card information .

Report suspicious activity to: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Litter in parks

If you visit one of our many parks or open spaces today, as well as following social distancing guidelines, please make sure you take any litter home with you.  

Our parks and countryside team make every effort to ensure that the bins in the parks are emptied regularly, but if you want to report a specific litter problem in parks you can email the outdoor facilities mailbox:  Outdoor.facilities@rbwm.gov.uk
Reminder about M4 closures

The M4 will be closed this weekend between Junctions 6 and 8/9 for smart motorway bridge replacement work. The closure will begin after midnight on Friday 24 July and continue until 6am on Monday 27 July. The diversion route for the weekend is the A308M, A308, A332 and the A355.
 
The main work over the weekend will be near Cippenham - the installation of the new beams at Wood Lane bridge and also Oldway Lane bridge (postponed from last weekend).

There are weekend closures (in both directions unless otherwise noted) on a regular basis throughout the year and the schedule for this summer is as follows:

  • 31 July-3 August 2020: full weekend closure between junctions 5 and 6
  • 7-10 August 2020: full weekend closure between junctions 5 and 6
  • 14-17 August 2020: full weekend closure between junctions 6 and 8/9
  • 21-24 August 2020: full weekend closure between junctions 6 and 8/9

See the Highways England information page here, where you can sign up for updates by email.
Library news

Adult reading challenge
To encourage us all to read this summer, the libraries team have launched a Summer Reads competition. Read four books over the next few months for a chance to win a bookish prize from local independent ‘Little Bookshop’ in Cookham. If you’re up to the challenge, you can register   here The competition ends on Saturday 19 September, so choose your books and get reading! 

Author of the week series
As part of the Summer Reading Challenge for children, the libraries team has organised a new ‘author of the week’ series that lets children virtually meet their favourite authors and illustrators via Zoom. Spaces for each session are limited - jus t   email   the Maidenhead library team to reserve a place. Meet illustrator Chloe Inkpen on Friday 31 July and Ali Sparkes on 7 August.

See the libraries web page for the new select and collect book service.
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