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Dover District Council 

Coronavirus Update (16 October)

As cases of coronavirus continue to rise nationally, we're continuing to monitor the situation locally to bring you the latest national information and guidance from the Government, NHS, and Public Health England. We'll also keep you up-to-date with information from Kent County Council and the Kent Resilience Forum. For the latest information on Council services, please see www.dover.gov.uk

Remember: Hands, face, space

Remember these three simple rules:

  • HANDS – keep washing your hands regularly
  • FACE – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • SPACE – stay at least 2 metres apart, or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions.

Local COVID alert level: Medium

The local COVID alert level in the Dover district is at Medium. This means:

  • you must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies)
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
  • certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • schools and universities remain open
  • places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of 6 is followed

You must:

You should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules
  • work from home where you can effectively do so
  • when travelling, plan ahead or avoid busy times and routes. Walk or cycle if you can

Find out more about the measures that apply in medium alert level areas to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

COVID Champions

Kent County Council, Medway Council, and NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group are encouraging residents to sign up to become COVID-19 Community Champions. The scheme is encouraging people to get involved with sharing the latest advice and coronavirus guidance with their communities. For more information, please see the KCC website.

NHS COVID-19 app

The free NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of NHS Test and Trac. It is available for download from Google Play and the Apple App Store. The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy.

QR code posters

Businesses and venues across a range of sectors are reminded they should be displaying NHS QR code posters. For more information, please see the NHS website – or for information on creating a poster, please click here.

Keep up-to-date

During the coronavirus pandemic, we're keeping all our social media channels updated with the latest news and advice, so please keep following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Hand, face, space

Government continues to remind everyone:

  • HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.





Coronavirus Update (09 October)

As lockdown measures across the UK continue to adjust, DDC continues to work with partners to help and support local communities. For the latest information on Council services, please see www.dover.gov.uk

For the latest information on national guidelines, please see www.gov.uk/coronavirus - remember to wash your hands, cover your face, make space.

Message from Leader of the Council

Cllr Trevor Bartlett, the Leader of Dover District Council has issued an open letter to the district saying that these are uncertain times for all of us as the rising number of COVID cases once again dominates the news. Whilst the number of cases in the district is lower than the England average, and nowhere near the levels in the north of England, we have seen a rise over the last week. The national trend is clearly upward. We cannot afford to be complacent in the face of a deadly pandemic. We must all remain vigilant and follow the rules if we are to keep the virus under control in the district.

Cllr Bartlett adds that by working together and following the rules, with each of us taking personal responsibility and looking out for each other, we can keep COVID at bay in the district. For more information, please see the DDC website.

Release the pressure

With World Mental Health Day tomorrow (10 Oct), health leaders across Kent are reminding residents of the mental wellbeing support available as COVID-19 continues to cause restrictions and impact people’s lives.

Further information is available at www.kent.gov.uk/wellbeing for people experiencing a range of mental health issues. There is also a specific site to help families with children or young people who might be experiencing difficulties at www.kent.gov.uk/wellbeingfamilies

COVID Champions

Kent County Council, Medway Council, and NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group are encouraging residents to sign up to become COVID-19 Community Champions. The scheme is encouraging people to get involved with sharing the latest advice and coronavirus guidance with their communities. For more information, please see the KCC website.

Job Retention Bonus

Further information has been published by Government on how businesses can claim the Job Retention Bonus. The bonus will work alongside the newly announced Job Support Scheme. For more information, please see the GOV.UK website.

NHS COVID-19 app

The free NHS COVID-19 app has been launched as an important part of the NHS Test and Trace service. It is available for download from Google Play and the Apple App Store. The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy. For more information, please see the GOV.UK website.

QR code posters

Businesses and venues across the district across a range of sectors are reminded they should be displaying NHS QR code posters. For more information, please see the NHS website – or for information on creating a poster, please click here.

Hands, face, space

Government continues to remind everyone:

  • HANDS – keep washing your hands regularly
  • FACE – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • SPACE – stay at least 2 metres apart, or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions.

Keep up-to-date

During the coronavirus pandemic, we're keeping all our social media channels updated with the latest news and advice, so please keep following! 



 Deal High Street - Road Closure to help social distancing

Deal High Street is closed to traffic between Stanhope Road and Union Road between 10am and 2pm, on Saturdays, from 15 August to 17 October 2020.

This is to enable visitors to the High Street to maintain social distancing at the busiest time of the week.

All the measures taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the High Street have been made possible thanks to the funds obtained by Dover District Council from the Government’s Recovering High Streets Safely Fund.

Traffic will still be able to flow between West Street and Beach Street along Stanhope Road, High Street and King Street, although drivers are being asked to be aware that there may be pedestrians in the road along the High Street and to be patient.

Your Questions Answered

Will Emergency Vehicles have access?

Yes

 

Will mobility scooters be allowed in the area of the High Street closed to traffic?

 Yes

 

What will happen to the bus?

The bus scheduled service - currently a single bus at 12:20pm  is being re-routed.

 

Will the market move into the High Street?

No. The market will remain in Union Road Car Park

 

Will the High Street closure area be expanded?

There are no plans at this time to extend the High Street closure area. We will survey shops, residents, drivers and shoppers to understand the impact of this ten week closure.

 

What if I’m parked in a High Street parking bay before the road closure?

The High Street parking bays will be suspended at 9.30am and drivers will be requested to remove their vehicles before the road closure comes into force at 10am. Notices are in place.

 

I’m a Blue Badge holder, will I have vehicle access to the closed section of the High Street and can I park in that part of High Street?

Not between 10am and 2pm on a Saturday.

 

My business is in the closed section of the High Street, can I get deliveries on a Saturday?

Yes you can, before 10am and after 2pm

 

My business is in the closed section of the High Street, can my customers collect items on a Saturday?

Yes they can, before 10am and after 2pm

 

How much is this costing Deal Town Council, Dover District Council and Kent County Council?

All the expenses incurred by the Councils through this scheme are part of the COVID-19 social distancing measures and are reclaimable from the Government’s Recovering the High Street Safely Fund

 

I live in the closed section of the High Street, can I drive to or from my home on a Saturday?

Yes you can, before 10am and after 2pm

 

What will happen in the car parks, will they be open?

Yes, the car parks are open and completely unaffected by this road closure.

 

Will there be anyone monitoring the road closure?

Yes, there will be Information Officers in the High Street on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm