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Reading’s weekly case rate per 100,000 people is now 1,224. Infection rates are still very high, but we are hopeful we are starting to see them decline. It was announced yesterday that Plan B restrictions will be lifted. This means that with immediate effect guidance to work from home where possible has been lifted. From January 20, face coverings will no longer be required for staff and pupils in classrooms.

From January 27:

  • Face coverings no longer required in communal areas of schools. Masks could still be required if there are outbreaks.

  • Nightclubs and other venues will no longer require a COVID pass for entry, although some may continue asking for one on a voluntary basis.

  • Face coverings will no longer be required by law in any settings, although masks should still be considered in enclosed and crowded spaces.

New self-isolation guidance for people who test positive for COVID

From Monday 17 January, new self-isolation guidancecame into effect. People with negative lateral flow tests on days five and six of self-isolation and don’t have a temperature can leave self-isolation from the start of day six. This means people will now only need to isolate for five full days (providing they test negative). If you are still positive on your rapid lateral flow tests you must stay in isolation until you’ve have had 2 consecutive negative tests taken on separate days.

If you leave self-isolation on or after day 6 you are strongly advised to wear face coverings and limit close contact with other people in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, work from home if you can and minimise contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID.

It’s not too late to get vaccinated

One vaccine is better than no vaccine, two vaccines are better than one, and two vaccines plus the booster will give you the best protection from getting ill if you catch COVID. If you're unvaccinated, you're about 8 times more likely to be hospitalised with COVID than if you've had both doses of the vaccine and the booster.

Our Broad Street Mall vaccine centre is open 7 days a week, 9am until 7pm, no appointment is needed and you can get your first, second or booster vaccine there. You can also book an appointment if you’d prefer.

16 and 17-year-olds get boosted!

16 and 17 year-olds who had their second vaccine three months ago can now get their booster. Getting vaccinated protects them, their family and their friends, helping them stay at school and continue socialising. Whatever your age, the best protection against coronavirus is to get vaccinated and I'd urge everyone, to come forward and get that vital booster as soon as it is possible.


Please continue to test for COVID and report your result to help prevent the spread of the virus in our community. Our guidance below gives you advice and links for testing whether you have symptoms or not.

Urgent COVID equipment return

The council and our equipment provider (NRS Healthcare) is in a critical position and is urgently asking residents to return mobility and disability equipment they no longer need. If you or family or friends have been loaned equipment such as a beds, mattresses, hoists or commodes and they are no longer required, please contact NRS Healthcare to arrange free and safe collection to get the equipment to the people who need it. Call NRS Healthcare 0344 893 6960, 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday or email

Holocaust Memorial Day

An evening of reflection to commemorate victims of the Holocaust will be held on Wednesday 26 January. The free event will be a mix of live and online elements, including speakers, choral performances, and candle lighting.

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