Prime Ministers Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) 31st July 2020
Update (31 July)
lock-down measures continue to be eased, DDC is working with partners to
support local communities and get the district back to business.
latest information on Council services, please see www.dover.gov.uk.
For the latest government advice, please see www.gov.uk/coronavirus
alert, control the virus, save lives
extended to 10 days
government has announced a change to the rules for self-isolation for people with
symptoms of coronavirus however mild.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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
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
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
Higher risk settings to remain closed
Minister has today announced that plans to re-open a number of higher
risk settings have been postponed until 15 August at the earliest.
bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services
must remain closed. Indoor performances will not resume.
of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not
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
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.
Safely - Stay Alert
With temperatures rising, it's important that we all
continue to follow the Government
advice on staying safe outdoors.
your distance from people outside your household or support bubble
being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household or
your hands and face as clean as possible.
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!
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,
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
Updated guidance on face
coverings - including how to make your own - can be found here.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
For more information, please