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COVID-19 updates

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Royal Borough are rising. Over the last two weeks the number of weekly rolling average cases has more than tripled and if behaviour does not change we will need tighter restrictions to get numbers back under control.
 
We are keeping abreast of the data and working alongside our colleagues in public health and our partner organisations, as well as with residents, businesses, schools and councillors to stop the number of cases from increasing further.

To help keep our families, friends and our communities safe and control the spread of COVID-19, please remember hands, face, space.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser, regularly throughout the day.
  • Wear a face covering to reduce the chances of spreading the virus.
  • Make space by keeping two metres apart from anyone you don’t live with, where possible.

It is important to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help in the fight against coronavirus as it’s the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from the virus. See the NHS website for more details. The app can be found in your app store when you search for NHS COVID-19 app.

In light of increasing infection rates and changing restrictions, keeping up to date with the latest information is more important than ever. Please help by sharing this newsletter and our Facebook and Twitter posts with friends, family and local organisations you may belong to.
Windsor Library open for browsing and computer use

You can now come in, browse the shelves, borrow books using self-service kiosks and access public PCs in Windsor Library.

The library will be open as follows:
  • Monday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 7pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 5pm
  • Thursday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Friday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm

These are temporary opening hours and they will be adjusted according to demand.

You can also continue to use Select and Deliver to pick up your reservations from 13 locations across the borough, you will be notified when to visit your pick up location.
 
We ask that you please follow COVID safety procedures if visiting. As per Government guidelines, you will need to wear a face covering while in the library and sanitise your hands on entering. You will also need to check-in using the NHS COVID-19 app or provide contact details if you don't have the app.
Tap 4 Lasting Change delayed
 
Last week we told you about our new cashless tap and donate scheme - Tap 4 Lasting Change - which was due to launch on World Homelessness Day on the 10 October. Due to unforeseen delays, we’ve unfortunately had to postpone the launch until the end of October 2020.
 
The Tap 4 Lasting Change scheme will enable residents and visitors to donate £3 per tap to our rough sleeper pathway, which is a coordinated approach by local charities and services to support local rough sleepers to make real life changes.
 
Donations raised by Tap 4 Lasting Change will be used to fund tailored support programmes for individual rough sleepers in order to help them make long-term positive change. Donation points will be located in Ascot, Eton, Maidenhead and Windsor and take all major credit cards as well as Apple Pay and Google Pay.
 
We’ll provide further details as we get nearer to the launch date.
Remembrance Sunday update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the recent rise in numbers of infections both locally and nationally, we are not going to be able to hold our traditional Remembrance Sunday services and parades this year.

We will be holding a socially distanced wreath laying ceremony at the war memorials in both Windsor and Maidenhead for the Royal British Legion and other local ex-service and voluntary organisations.

We would like to encourage you to observe the two minutes silence and watch the televised national remembrance service at the Cenotaph which will be broadcast on BBC 1 on Sunday 8 November.
Royal Borough Christmas lights update

Work to install Christmas lights in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead begins this month, but the usual Christmas lights switch on events won’t go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

We know how much everyone enjoys our wonderful Christmas lights so we will still have the usual beautiful displays across the borough for residents and visitors to enjoy, including the borough’s Christmas trees.
 
We will also be running a programme of smaller scale events, along with online promotions for local businesses in the borough. Businesses wanting to get involved in any online promotions should contact town centre managers, Steph James and Paul Roach.

To read more, click here.
Hidden carers helpline extended

The telephone helpline for ‘hidden’ carers across Berkshire, has been extended until the end of December 2020.

The helpline is there to provide support and advise to people who are caring for friends or relatives.

The helpline is free to call on 0800 1337851.

M4 closures

The M4 will be closed in both directions between junctions 5 (Langley) and 6 (Slough-Windsor) from 8pm on Friday 9 October to 6am on Monday 12 October 2020. This is for carriageway work at the new Riding Court Road bridge near Datchet.

Upcoming M4 closures:

  • Junctions 7 to 8/9 from 23-26 October
  • Junctions 5 to 7 from 30 October - 2 November

Upcoming council meetings

Council meetings can be viewed online on our YouTube channel.

Forthcoming meetings this month include:
  • Windsor Town Forum Monday 12 October
  • Extraordinary Council meeting Wednesday 14 October
  • Council meeting Tuesday 27 October
  • Cabinet meeting Thursday 29 October

See the full diary of meetings on our meetings and agendas page.
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