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Prime Ministers Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) 31st July 2020

 

NHS Test and Trace launches campaign to encourage everyone with symptoms to get a free test

 

Self isolate

DDC Coronavirus Update (31 July)

As lock-down measures continue to be eased, DDC is working with partners to support local communities and get the district back to business.

For the latest information on Council services, please see www.dover.gov.uk. For the latest government advice, please see www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives

Self-isolation extended to 10 days

The government has announced a change to the rules for self-isolation for people with symptoms of coronavirus however mild. 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 you also must self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, you must restart your 10-day isolation from the day you develop symptoms.

After 10 days, if you still have a temperature you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. 

If you live with others, all other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken. If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period. 

If you have symptoms, try and stay as far away from other members of your household as possible. It is especially important to stay away from anyone who is clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable with whom you share a household.

Shielding guidance 

The Government's shielding guidance is paused from today (31 July) and this could bring big changes to daily life for the many people in the district told to stay indoors to protect themselves from the virus.

The new advice from government means that free food parcels offered to shielded people will stop from 1 August.

If you or anyone you know are worried about these changes:

  • Priority slots for online shopping are still available at all participating supermarkets. If you are able to register for these deliveries do this as soon as you can.
  • If you cannot shop online, contact family and friends and neighbourhood schemes to tell them that you may still need help to get food or to collect prescriptions.
  • If you still need support then you can access this through the Kent Together helpline at www.kent.gov.uk/kenttogether or on 03000 41 92 92

You may still be at risk of severe illness if you catch Coronavirus, so stay at home as much as you can and continue to take precautions when you do go out. You can do this by washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and keeping 2 meters away from people outside of your household or bubble wherever possible.

Help to safely re-open your business premises

From 1 August employers can make decisions about bringing staff back to offices with appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures in the workplace.

If you run a business and are looking for support and advice about safely re-opening your office or business premises, contact our Back to Business Hub on 01304 821199 (option 8) or email backtobusiness@dover.gov.uk  Our teams are ready to assist you interpret the latest guidance and to support you to get back to business. 

Higher risk settings to remain closed

The Prime Minister has today announced that plans to re-open a number of higher risk settings have been postponed until 15 August at the earliest.  This includes:

  • Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed. Indoor performances will not resume.
  • Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place.
  • Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies can continue to take place, in line with COVID-Secure guidelines.

Face coverings in more indoor settings

The Prime Minister also announced an extension of the requirement to wear a face covering in more indoor settings, including museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship. This will become enforceable in law from 8 August. It is already mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets, and on public transport.

Leisure Centres re-opening

Your Leisure, the operator of Tides Leisure Centre in Deal is gearing up to reopen from Monday 3 August with COVID-safe restrictions.  The operator of the Dover District Leisure Centre, Places Leisure, has announced plans for a phased re-opening from 17 August.

Enjoy Summer Safely - Stay Alert

With temperatures rising, it's important that we all continue to follow the Government advice on staying safe outdoors.

  • Avoid crowded places
  • Keep your distance from people outside your household or support bubble
  • Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household or support bubble
  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible.

Keep up-to-date

As well as Facebook and Twitter, DDC is also on LinkedIn. During the coronavirus pandemic, we're keeping all our social media channels updated with the latest news and advice, so please keep following!

 

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Coronavirus Update (24 July)

As new measures continue to be introduced to support recovery, DDC continues to work with partners to support local communities and get the district back to business, and the Leader of the Council has praised the outstanding community response across the area.

For the latest information on Council services, please see www.dover.gov.uk. For the latest government advice, please see www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives.

Face coverings

From today, face coverings must be worn in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs.

Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from today in England, for more details, please see the GOV.UK website.

Updated guidance on face coverings - including how to make your own - can be found here.

Communities working together

The Leader of Dover District Council has praised the outstanding community effort across the district in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Co-ordinated by DDC’s Community Hub, 15 partner organisations along with town and parish councils came together to provide a seven-days a week service to support the most vulnerable members of the community during the lockdown. This included a whole range of support, from hot meals to collecting shopping and prescriptions, and befriending services for those isolating at home alone. Over 24,000 contacts were made through the Community Hub and partner organisations between March and July.

Dover District Council has also provided £117,000 in financial support to the local community and voluntary sector throughout the pandemic.

Fifty-two local groups have benefited from DDC’s Covid-19 Community Fund.  Launched with a £50,000 contribution from Dover District Council, the Fund also attracted over £27,000 in donations from corporate supporters and members of the public.

Discretionary Grants Scheme

Phase two of the Discretionary Grants Scheme is open for applications. Please apply by midday 27 July.

This new additional grant scheme is aimed at small businesses and charities that were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Fund. DDC maintains discretion concerning the awarding of this fund but will administer the scheme within the guidance issued by national Government.

For more information, please see our Press Release.

Eat Out to Help Out

Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now sign up to the government's Eat Out to Help Out initiative. For more information, please see government guidance.

The Eat Out to Help Out initiative opens on 3 August, when people can use the scheme at a participating establishment:

  • to get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)
  • every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August
  • as many times as you like. 

Mapping success

We're mapping businesses as they re-open to help residents – see our interactive map to search for local businesses near you. If you've recently re-opened your business let us know and we'll add your details.

Moving forward for Kent

KCC continues to promote its Moving forward for Kent campaign to help get the Kent economy back on its feet again, and support businesses and residents in Kent. For more information, please see https://www.kent.gov.uk/business/moving-forward-for-kent

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives

We continue to remind everyone to stay safe, to observe social distancing, and to follow all the latest government advice.

Keep up to date

As well as Facebook and Twitter, DDC is also on LinkedIn.  During the coronavirus pandemic, we're keeping all our social media channels updated with the latest news and advice, so please keep following!  Or see the DDC website at www.dover.gov.uk 

 

Kent Lockdown Legends

What is Lockdown Legends?

Lockdown Legends is a project to recognise the fantastic achievements of our young people in Kent. Whether it is to acknowledge their efforts at home, in the community, or through schoolwork, clubs or their own personal development we want to hear about it and celebrate it! Open to all young people across Kent aged 8-19 (25 with SEND)

What sort of things count?

There is no defined list but things such as shopping or volunteering for the community, helping at home, helping friends or relatives, being a great home learner, learning a new skill or developing a talent, writing songs or making things. The options are endless!

Who can Nominate a young person?

Nominations can come from anyone! Friends, parents, carers, teachers, professionals or the individual can self-nominate.

How will we recognise the achievements of the young person?

All nominees will receive a certificate, then each week/month, a selected few will feature in a you-tube video / photo montage that we will post on our You-Tube Channel and share on our youth social media pages.

Who will make the selections?

Our nominations team will consider all the entries each month and notify those that have been selected. As Lockdown measures are lifted, we hope to involve young people in the selection process and in the compiling of video interview footage for our channel.

What happens after Lockdown?

We hope that this project will evolve over time to celebrate the amazing achievements of our young people, perhaps with themes, e.g. Summer Legends, Rainbow Legends etc (any ideas you have let us know).

How do I nominate a Young Person?

Please complete a nomination form here or via our website at www.kent.gov.uk/lockdownlegends

Do we need consent?

Yes! Consent will need to be obtained from the parent / carer for any young person under the age of 16 that wants to take part. Young people over the age of 16 can complete the consent themselves. Please use the consent form here

Who do I contact for more information?

General Enquiries Lockdownlegends@kent.gov.uk

Kind Regards,

Erin Bell | Youth Hub Delivery Manager| Early Help and Preventative Services| The Dover Hub, Linwood, Park Avenue, Deal, Kent CT14 9UU| Tel: 03000 418019 | Hub: 03000 420008 | 07786 191348

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Reflecting on an Outstanding Community Effort

The Leader of Dover District Council has praised the outstanding community effort across the district in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Co-ordinated by the Dover District Council Community Hub, 15 partner organisations along with town and parish councils came together to provide a seven-days a week service to support the most vulnerable members of the community during the lockdown with everything from hot meals, to collecting shopping and prescriptions, and befriending services for those isolating at home alone.

Over 24,000 contacts were made through the Community Hub and partner organisations between March and July.

Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Leader of the Council, said: “The nation has been tested like never before, but it has been incredibly humbling to see the local response to those most in need.

“This has been a true partnership approach with Officers from the Council working alongside an army of local community and voluntary groups, and individual volunteers, to help those most in need. On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank everyone involved.

“As the lockdown is eased, the work of the Community Hub will form part of our mainstream activities to continue our support for those most in need. Our aim is to maintain the network and resilience we’ve built during the lockdown so that it can be activated again in the future if needed.”

Dover District Council has also provided £117,000 in financial support to the local community and voluntary sector throughout the pandemic.

Fifty-two local groups have benefited from DDC’s Covid-19 Community Fund. Launched with a £50,000 contribution from Dover District Council, the Fund also attracted over £27,000 in donations from corporate supporters and members of the public.

Dover District Council is now considering applications to its general Community Grants Fund, which includes £27,500 allocated by the Council, along with a £12,500 contribution from the Dover District Lotto.

 



Re-opening High Streets Safely Fund

Government has announced a new £50 million fund for councils to support their local high streets get safely back to business.The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures in a move to get people back to work and customers back to the shops. The allocation for Dover District is £105,542. 

For more information, please see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/50-million-boost-to-support-the-recovery-of-our-high-streets