Published: Friday, 17th July 2020

The Leader of Medway Council has issued a statement following the Prime Minister’s announcement that local authorities will be given new powers during the Covid-19 (coronavirus pandemic).

Boris Johnson announced today, 17 July, that from tomorrow (18 July) local authorities will be able to close specific premises, shut public outdoor spaces and cancel events to enable them to act more quickly in response to local coronavirus outbreaks.

Stopping the spread of the virus in Medway

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We have a Kent and Medway Outbreak Control Plan which sets out how we will work with partner agencies, including Public Health England and other Government Agencies, to respond to and deal with local outbreaks. Our plan contains specific actions that we will use to address any issues that may arise within Medway, including our response to tackle outbreaks in specific places such as schools, care homes, hospitals, prisons or other establishments for example certain types of workplaces. We welcome the additional powers announced by government. These will support our ability to rapidly contain any local outbreaks or clusters and stop the spread of the virus in Medway.

“I am however pleased that Medway residents are continuing to follow government advice. We do not currently have any requirement to introduce a lockdown in Medway. We will not hesitate, however, should the need arise to take further steps to protect our community.

“Thank you to Medway residents who continue to follow government advice to stop the spread of the virus and protect others.”

Read the government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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