Find out more about COVID-19 and the help available for residents and businesses here

Information on Coronavirus COVID-19

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Stay Alert. Control the Virus. Save Lives.

The UK Government have announced new lockdown restrictions to come into force at 00:01 on Thursday 5 November.

Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available can be found here.

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. Further information about national guidance and support can be found at gov.uk/coronavirus

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: mencap.org.uk

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 Covid-19@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk 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: kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/coronavirus/cases-in-kent

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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