Frontline staff speak up in #KentTogether 'stay at home, save lives' video
Kent’s frontline workers’ appeal to Stay Home Stay Safe Saves Lives this weekend
Frontline staff from across Kent and Medway are leading this weekend’s stay-at-home appeal to residents during the ongoing lockdown, as part of potentially life-saving measures against the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
A short video of key workers from across the county is aiming to flood social media channels today as emergency services, local councils, health partners and essential service providers from across the Kent Resilience Forum are again uniting to remind everyone to follow the Government’s advice by staying safe at home and only going out for essentials trips.
Those taking part in the #KentTogether campaign include a Kent Police officer, an NHS nurse, a doctor, a Kent County Council (KCC) community warden, local council workers, search and rescue and coastguard volunteers, water and power company employees, and many staff who are contributing to keeping vital services running during the Covid-19 lockdown.
KCC Leader Roger Gough said: “This fantastic video gives a snapshot of all of the amazing partnership work happening across the county and we are so proud of our frontline staff – not just those featured in the video – who are working to deliver a range of crucial services to the most vulnerable members of the community during this incredibly challenging period.
“We might be in lockdown but our staff are still in action to make sure people are getting the services and support they need but in a safe way and we continue to urge residents to play their part and help us to help them by following social distancing and stay-at-home messages again this weekend.”
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You must only leave your home:
to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary
When out to stay two metres (six feet) away from other people.
Kent residents are also reminded that a 24 hour helpline has been set up to support vulnerable people who need urgent help, supplies or medication.
The helpline – called Kent Together – provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.
If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 41 92 92.
You can find links to the latest Covid-19 guidance and information about local support available for vulnerable communities, visit the Kent Prepared Covid-19 community support page
Note to editors:
The Kent Resilience Forum (KFR) is a partnership of organisations and agencies who work together to improve the resilience of Kent and Medway, and to ensure a coordinated response to emergencies that could have a significant impact on communities. For more information please visit www.kentprepared.gov.uk