Published: Sunday, 10th May 2020

The Downing Street briefing on 10 May announced an outline route map for the gradual lifting of restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced this evening (10 May) an outline route map for the gradual lifting of restrictions over the coming months with some gentle changes coming into effect this week. 

We welcome the clarification on the way forward and the continued cautious approach to ensure that we all play our part in minimising the opportunity for the further spread of COVID-19 but of course will await further details in due course.

We have been working on plans for our affected services in anticipation of lockdown restrictions being eased. Our priority remains to protect and support the people of Medway during this pandemic and we will be finalising our plans over the coming weeks, in light of the latest government recommendations. We know that local people will understand that we need to ensure that any public buildings and services have the right social distancing measures and other facilities in place to keep them safe when they visit.  

In the meantime, we will continue to work hard to support our residents and provide essential services, such as social care for our most vulnerable members of the community and weekly waste collections. We were pleased to announce last week that two of our household waste and recycling centres will be open again from this Friday (15 May) but please remember that you can only visit the sites if you have booked a slot online. 

We will let you know as soon as we have any updates on changes to our services. Please do continue to follow us on social media or visit our coronavirus webpage – they will all be regularly updated. 

Please remember to follow government, Public Health England and NHS advice – stay alert, observe social distancing guidelines and continue to wash your hands to reduce the chances of spreading any virus. 

I will bring you more information in due course and would like to thank all the people of Medway for the fantastic community spirit you’ve all shown during this time and the wonderful messages you’ve been sending. They mean so much to all our staff who’ve been working hard to keep you safe. 

Many thanks,
Cllr Alan Jarrett, Leader of Medway Council

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