New Medway alert level

From Wednesday 2 December 2020 Medway will be placed into the very high alert level.

The infection rate in Medway is at a much higher rate than before we went into national restrictions on Thursday 5 November. This means the rules we were following in the previous alert level will be stricter. This to help protect our communities.

More residents are at risk of catching the virus. Now more than ever, we all need to follow the local rules to help stop the virus from spreading even further.

Infection rates will only come down if everyone does their bit. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends, and neighbours. Lives can and will be saved if everyone plays their part.

If we follow the rules now, we can get back to the things we all love, sooner rather than later.

What Very High alert means

The Very High alert rules include the following:

  • households cannot meet indoors
  • the rule of 6 applies to outdoors. You can meet up to 6 people from other households in a public setting, such as a park, but you must follow social distancing rules
  • you should continue to work from home if you can
  • hospitality industries remain closed for dining in - but takeaway options at selected premises will continue
  • non-essential shops can reopen
  • accommodation such as hotels and guest houses must remain closed
  • indoor attractions must also remain closed - including museums and galleries
  • you should stay at home at home as much as possible.

National lockdown restriction will continue in the meantime.

Check all the Very High alert level rules.

Council services

We will let you know the latest on council services.

Remember to follow the main health advice

Please continue to follow Hands > Face > Space:

  • wash your hands regularly throughout the day, a thorough wash for 20 seconds
  • wear face coverings in shops, shopping centres, public transport and when you visit council buildings
  • social distance from anyone not in your household when you’re outside or visiting one of the services available

If you have a coronavirus (COVID-19) symptom (a new cough, high temperature or a loss of taste and smell), you must stay at home and book a test online or by phoning 119. You only need to book a test if you have a coronavirus symptom.

Latest infection rate

The latest weekly infection rate for Medway will be published every Wednesday afternoon. Check the latest figures.

Play your part in Medway: download the app

We will get through this together. Download the NHS Test and Trace app to help in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19). The app is available to download for free on Google Play and the App Store. It will allow you to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test and check in to venues by scanning a QR code.

Download the app today

Protect each other. Protect Medway. Become a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Champion

We all need to continue playing our part to control the spread of the virus.

You can help your community stay up to date on the latest guidelines and promote local health and wellbeing services. We’re now recruiting for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Champions.

Find out more about the benefits of the role

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Protect each other and we will get through this together.

Read the latest on coronavirus and Medway services.

If you have symptoms, book a test straight away.