Follow the rules to keep Medway safe | Coronavirus (COVID-19) national lockdown | Medway Council

Follow the rules to keep Medway safe

Following the latest government guidance, a national lockdown for England started on Tuesday 5 January 2021 to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Cases are rising rapidly due to a new variant of the virus which is highly infectious. We can protect each other in Medway if we all follow the national advice: we must stay at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus and protect our local NHS.

Check the government website for full details on the rules that we all need to follow in Medway.

Protect Medway. We know how tough the last several months have been and we will get back to the things we love soon. But to do that, we all need to play our part now to save lives and keep our loved ones safe. We will get through this together by following the government rules during this lockdown.

Continue to follow the health advice

Please continue to follow Hands > Face > Space:

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

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

Stay at home

You should only leave the home for the following:

  • to get food: essential food shops and supermarkets will be open
  • to get exercise: you can go out for a walk, run or cycle once a day but you must stay in your local town
  • for a medical reason (such as getting a coronavirus test or a flu jab) or if you need medical assistance (such as an injury or if you’re at risk of domestic abuse)
  • to travel to work, but only if you cannot work from home. Childcare and support bubbles will continue

Stay well with us

We have a range of services and activities available over the lockdown period to help you stay well at home, including online exercise classes, cookery sessions, ebooks, arts and crafts, self-guided walking routes and more.

Check out all our services and activities to help you stay well at home.

Stay local: don’t travel far

You should stay in our local town as much as possible. Under the government guidelines, you can meet with one person only from another household for exercise. This should not be a social meet, such as a picnic.

You must social distance from anyone not in your household. Always keep 2 metres apart. Infection rates in Medway are very high due to the new strain of the virus. You must limit social contact with other people whenever you’re outside. You cannot meet with other households indoors.

Service updates

Some of our council services are affected under the latest government guidelines.

Read our latest update.

Check all services updates.

Latest infection rate

The latest weekly infection rate for Medway will be published every 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. 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 Community Champion

We all need to continue playing our part to control the spread of the virus and prevent further restrictions.

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

Find out more about the benefits of the role.

Register by email: