Published: Friday, 24th April 2020

Frontline staff from across Kent are leading this weekend’s stay-at-home appeal to residents during the ongoing lockdown, as part of potentially life-saving measures against the spread of COVID-19.

This short video of key workers from across the county is aiming to flood social media channels today as emergency services, local councils, health partners and essential service providers from across the Kent Resilience Forum are again uniting to remind everyone to follow the Government’s advice by staying safe at home and only going out for essentials trips.

Those taking part in the #MedwayTogether and #KentTogether campaign includes a member of Medway Council's sports team and a recycling officer, a Kent Police officer, an NHS nurse, a doctor, a KCC community warden, district and borough council workers, search and rescue and coastguard volunteers, water and power company employees, and many staff who are contributing to keeping vital services running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Committed to supporting residents through this difficult time

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “Public sector colleagues are working even harder during the pandemic to help protect and support residents. Thank you to all key workers and Medway Council staff for your valiant and determined efforts during these challenging times.

“In Medway, council staff remain committed to delivering services for our residents. Our emergency support community project is a fantastic example of council staff delivering a vital lifeline to those most in need; thanks to the support of partner agencies, we’ve been able to provide more than 76,000 meals to Medway residents most in need of extra support. We continue to support businesses and have dealt with 1,500 applications for business grants and paid out nearly £19million to local businesses. We are also continuing to offer more services online through our website and social media channels, including live sports sessions, family story times and health advice. I am also pleased that you’re benefiting from our online library services, with more than 13,000 books and magazines borrowed in recent weeks.

“We are committed to supporting our residents through this difficult time and ask that you stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.”

Agencies working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support residents and protect our NHS

Director of Public Health at Medway Council, James Williams, said: “Agencies across Kent and Medway are working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to help support residents and protect our NHS. Medway Council staff have joined colleagues from emergency services and other public sector organisations to thank and remind residents to stay at home to do their bit to avoid putting a strain on the NHS. Social distancing measures help reduce the spread of this virus and consequently see fewer people needing hospital treatment – by staying at home you really are making a difference to someone’s life.”

Help stop the spread of coronavirus, only leave your home:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

When out, stay two metres (six feet) away from other people.

Find out more about Medway Council's affected services or visit Medway Council’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

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