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Plan to deal with local lockdowns

West Berkshire Council has published their Local Outbreak Control Plans for Covid-19.

As part of the next stage of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic, local authorities have to develop Local Outbreak Control Plans (LOCP) to prevent and control local outbreaks of the virus.

The plan summarises how the Council will aim to protect its residents and communities by minimising further spread or recurrence of Covid-19 across West Berkshire.

The Council states that Covid-19 is likely to be with us until better treatments and/or a vaccine is available and how important it is that we all play our part in remaining vigilant. There is also a need to follow national and local guidance to keep us all safe.

Lynne Doherty, Leader of West Berkshire Council, said: “We want to thank our residents and businesses across West Berkshire for their continued efforts to ensure they stay safe and play their part in keeping Covid-19 infection rates minimal across the district. As a local authority, we have been given the duty to produce a local outbreak control plan and this is something we can now share.

“We have been working internally with our department leads and externally with our partners to publish our Local Outbreak Plan as a matter of urgency, as we may see towns and cities go into local lockdown as national restrictions are eased over the coming weeks and months. This could vary in size, from an individual business or local school, up to a full district lockdown, as has been seen in Leicester.

“Residents and businesses will need to know quickly if a similar situation were to happen here, and that’s why our Outbreak Control Plan focuses on key themes and an outbreak management process detailing what we will do, and how we would communicate key messages out to the public.”

Further information and a summary of the plans can be found on the Council's website: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus-locp.

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