Today (23 June) Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out further changes to lockdown measures in England.
This will enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs.
Following the announcement, Cllr Alan Jarrett Leader of Medway Council, said: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of the gradual easing of restrictions and look forward to Saturday, 4 July when many of Medway’s excellent hospitality, heritage and tourism venues, as well as other services, can be reopened in line with the latest government guidelines.
“We are delighted that we can reopen our doors to more of our facilities over the coming weeks for children and adults to enjoy, and I am also pleased that more Medway businesses have been given the go ahead to welcome customers back.
“The safety of the public and our staff is our top priority and, whilst continuing to deliver vital services to residents, council staff have been busy planning in anticipation of lockdown measures being lifted. We are now able to finalise plans to be able to safely reopen more of our services and facilities, including our heritage attractions, libraries, play parks and outdoor gyms. As soon as there are confirmed details of when our facilities are ready to be safely reopened to the public, we will let residents know.
“We will also continue to provide Medway businesses with the advice and support they need to welcome customers back through the doors. I hope residents will continue to support our local business community through these challenging times, including the high street shops which reopened last week.
“As more of us start to go out and are able to enjoy more of what Medway has to offer, I would encourage residents to continue doing their bit to help stop the virus from spreading – follow social distancing advice and continue to wash your hands regularly. Thank you for your patience as we finalise plans to reopen our facilities and for your continued support to our staff and Medway’s businesses.”