TIER two is ‘on the cards’ as Slough Borough Council (SBC) confirms they are in talks with the government to voluntarily enter further restrictions.

Slough is currently under tier one – or ‘medium’ alert level – where national restrictions apply.

A spokesperson from the council confirmed SBC is in conversations with the government about putting the borough in tier two  – or ‘high’ alert level – due to high infection rates, but it’s ultimately the government’s decision to impose further restrictions.

Recently, the council leader of The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead openly requested the government to put the Royal Borough in tier two following rise in cases at an “alarming level”.

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From October 6-12, Slough has seen 97 cases per 100,000 population, with 145 confirmed cases.

In total, the borough has 1,295 cases.

The Observer was told by the council's spokesperson two deaths have been recorded on the week ending on October 2 – the first recorded Covid-19 deaths in Slough since August 14.

The spokesperson said: “Tier two was on the cards for this week and is now potentially on the cards for next week – but we’re just waiting and seeing.

“It’s a government decision, not a local decision – but our figures are not far behind the Royal Borough’s figures.

“So, it’s a case of time more than anything else.”

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They added: “Our assumption is that we will end up in tier two, it’s just a matter of when.”

If Slough enters tier two, the following will apply:

  • People mixing with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting is banned.
  • Family and friends can be met outside – but only in groups of six or less.
  • 10pm curfew for pubs, bars, and restaurants and offer table service only
  • Takeaway food can still be ordered after 10pm – but only if ordered online or by phone
  • Face coverings must be worn on public transport and in taxis as well as shops, restaurants, and bars
  • Work from home if you can
  • Schools, universities, and childcare remain open
  • Places of worship remain open – but the rule of six still applies
  • People should reduce the number of journeys they make where possible

The spokesperson from the council urged for every resident to keep following the guidance, keep washing hands, maintain social distancing, wear face masks (unless medically exempt), and avoid unnecessary travel as the borough is on “the brink” of being in tier two.