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Information on Coronavirus COVID-19

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A national lockdown is currently in place, meaning you must stay at home except for the reasons set out. The full guidance document can be read on the central government website, but the main exceptions are as follows:

  • Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • Attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.

You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops or places of worship where these remain open, and on public transport, unless you are exempt. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.

Information in other languages

Information about coronavirus is available in many different languages here: Doctors Of The World

An easy to read guide to coronavirus is available here:

The charity SignHealth is committed to making sure coronavirus information is available in British Sign Language.

Protect yourself and others

As with any virus, such as the common cold or flu, the best way to protect yourself and those around you is to practise good hygiene. Make sure that you:

  • always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue
  • wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs

COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme extended

Further to the UK Government announcement of an extension to the Job Retention Scheme in support of new national restrictions that come into force on Thursday 5 November, more information with regards to the scheme can be found here.

Support the NHS

Help the NHS

Could you take a short-term role in the NHS to help us fight COVID-19? The NHS is looking for:

  • People who have worked clinically in the NHS or healthcare sector before
  • People with specific experience in ITU, anaesthetics or ODP who can help us care for our sickest patients.

Whether you want to return to the NHS, or change roles for a short-time, the NHS will train you and support you in this short-term role.

Our response

We've set up a local dedicated COVID-19 helpline and email for residents. Email or call 01303 761116 to:

  • Find out about help and assistance available locally and get signposted to national support     
  • Feed back helpful information or concerns about your community or individuals
  • The helpline is open 9am - 5pm seven days a week. 

COVID-19 rates in Folkestone & Hythe

Kent County Council is publishing the latest case numbers for all of Kent's districts, including Folkestone & Hythe, on its website throughout the lockdown period:

Please note that reports about people not adhering to social distancing guidelines should be made online to Kent Police. Possible frauds or scams should also be reported to the police.

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