Covid-19: infection rates in Reading continue to rise fast

Primary interest

As Covid-19 infection rates in Reading continue to rise fast, Reading Borough Council are sharing a message from David Munday, Reading’s dedicated Public Health Consultant, helping ensure we have the best possible local response to the Covid pandemic.

In this video, David outlines the latest Covid data from Reading, and explains how to stay safe, including in and around schools

Email your questions

Reading Borough Council will be recording more messages in the coming weeks with the aim of tackling the questions that matter most to residents. If you have questions about tackling Covid in Reading and how to stay safe and protect others, then please send them to

New tier system

At the moment Reading is in Tier 1 (medium), according to the new UK tier system announced by the Prime Minister earlier this week. This means we must all:

  • Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel.
  • Keep a two metre distance from people you don’t live with and who aren’t in your support ‘bubble’.
  • Wear a face covering when asked to, such as in shops and on public transport.
  • Only meet in groups of six or fewer – this is now a legal requirement. Remember meeting outside is safer than meeting inside.
  • Isolate and get tested if you have symptoms – a fever; a new continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell.

For up-to-date Tier 1 (medium) guidance see: