In his latest message to residents Cllr Alan Jarrett discusses the next phase of the government’s roadmap.
I hope you all had a peaceful Easter and were able to see your family and friends, in groups of six outside, over the bank holiday weekend.
I was delighted, as I’m sure you all were, with the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday (5 April) that non-essential shops, gyms, outdoor hospitality businesses, hairdressers and other close contact services can reopen from Monday, 12 April. When non-essential shops re-open I would encourage residents to enjoy their shopping safely and continue to support Medway’s local businesses.
I know our Medway Sport team has been busily preparing for the reopening of our gyms and swimming pools and they have put a number of measures in place to ensure residents can work out safely. They are also offering outdoor fitness classes. To find out more, and to book your workout, visit our website.
We are currently finalising plans for the reopening of our other affected services, when it is safe to do so, in line with government guidance, and we will update you further in due course.
I was also pleased that the Prime Minister announced that all children will be able to attend any indoor children’s activity, including sport. Medway’s children and young people have adapted extremely well during these challenging times and it is great news that their lives are beginning to get back to normal.
However, as the Prime Minister stated in his announcement, we cannot be complacent, and we must all continue to follow the government guidelines to protect our loved ones from this deadly disease.
With more of us going out and about in the coming months it’s incredibly important that we continue to regularly take a symptom-free coronavirus test to protect ourselves, and our families. We are continuing to offer symptom-free testing to everyone who lives or works in Medway, to find out more about symptom-free testing, and how you can get tested, visit our website.
Stay safe and continue to follow the government guidelines - hands, face, space, fresh air.
Cllr Alan Jarrett
Leader of Medway Council