Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Essential information

Residents in Kent and Medway face an unprecedented challenge from Covid-19 (coronavirus) and the impact it is having on our lives, work and families.

 

The Kent Resilience Forum recognises that these are extremely difficult times for everyone and is committed to ensuring that people in Kent are kept informed and as safe as possible from the effects of Coronavirus.

 

Partners have tried and tested plans in place to respond collectively to health pandemics and all agencies are working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS to support the measures introduced to manage this evolving situation.

 

All the efforts of our partners are focused on supporting our communities through the challenges that they now face and our priority is to ensure vulnerable people and those most affected by Covid-19 get the support they need.

We urge residents to keep up with updated Covid-19 guidance and advice from government to keep ourselves safe and protect our health and livelihoods. 

 

Latest government advice

 

COVID-19 remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.

  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer

  • You must wear a face covering in shops and on all public transport, including taxis and private hire vehicles

  • Get tested and self-isolate if required

  • If you haven’t already, get vaccinated

 

What has changed

The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.

This means:

  • From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings.

  • From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so.

  • From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.

 

Visit the gov.uk website to find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

Financial support and advice

The coronavirus outbreak has affected different people in different ways. If you have seen a reduction in your household income and are experiencing financial difficulties there is support available for you:

Updates on local services

 

Visit your local authority website for guidance and updates about changes to local services:

Kent County Council website or Medway Council website

Find your local borough or district council website here.

Getting help and volunteering

Support for voluntary groups and individuals is being offered by district and borough councils across Kent communities by visiting our community support page

Information about Coronavirus related scams

 

Information and guidance about coronavirus related scams can be found on Kent County Council's Public protection dedicated web page, This is updated regularly as new scams emerge.

 

Keep up to date with the latest advice by following their social media channels:

Public Protection Information for residents:

 

Public Protection Business advice and guidance:

Updates on public transport

 

Face coverings on public transport

 

Face coverings must be worn on public transport.

 

Stay up to date with any changes to public transport services

Trains: visit the Southeastern website, check on Facebook @southeasternofficial or Twitter @SE_railway.

 

Buses: for local bus services information visit the Arriva, Stagecoach South East or Nu-Venture website.

Covid-19 coronavirus information

For the latest health advice visit the: 

 

NHS coronvirus webpage

For the latest government updates and guidance about  coronavirus go to:

 

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

UK Government free WhatsApp information service

Receive the latest official advice and information via WhatsApp.

 

Follow this link to find out how to get started

Wellbeing

advice

These links take you to support and advice on looking after your health and wellbeing while staying at home:

Kent County Council wellbeing and mental health hub

 

NHS Every Mind Matters

NHS Live Well strength and flex exercise plan

Easy read information

 

Easy read posters and audio versions of COVID-19 information from the

 

Keep Safe UK website.

 

Topics include lockdown rules, testing, vaccinations and support options.

Updates in British Sign language (BSL)

Get the latest updates on coronavirus in British Sign Language (BSL) on the

Sign Health website.