Four crucial actions

Thank you to everyone in Kent who is playing their part in the fight against the virus.

It is imperative that we all work together to ensure the safety of our community and the lifting of restrictions at the earliest possible opportunity.

To reduce the spread of coronavirus and reduce the restrictions in Kent, I have set out four crucial actions that Kent County Council will be focusing our efforts on:

Roger Gough, Leader of Kent County Council

Reminding and supporting residents to stick to rules and guidance

Everyone needs to play their part, by following the government guidelines.

Protect Kent and Medway

Controlling the spread of virus depends on the choices each of us make. We all need to keep doing what we can and play our part to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

We are working, together with partners across Kent, to help amplify messages coming from central government on the rules and guidelines introduced to stop the spread of the virus.

Under the banner of “Protect Kent and Medway” we’ve been campaigning locally to reach communities across Kent to explain:

  • the actions we all need to take
  • why they are important
  • what happens if we stop sticking to the rules.

Kent Together

We know, of course, that it hasn’t been easy. The impact of the restrictions needed to control the spread of the virus has been challenging for many.

The Kent Together helpline and online hub was set up to connect those needing a bit of extra help during the pandemic with the support they need.

You can tell us about your views and experiences of complying with COVID-19 restrictions by completing our anonymous online survey.

Developing and co-ordinating testing capacity

Identifying the people who have the virus and encouraging them to self-isolate is a big part of controlling the virus.

We're encouraging anyone without symptoms to get tested every 2 weeks at one of our symptom-free test sites. Using this sort of testing, we can let people know they have the virus, so they don’t unknowingly spread it to their loved ones, friends and colleagues. Find out more about symptom-free testing.

If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, you need to stay at home and get tested. Find out more about testing for people with symptoms.

Extending and reinforcing tracing efforts

Together with our partners, we are supporting this important part of the fight against the virus through our own local tracing partnership. Contacting people in Kent who have tested positive for COVID-19, and who couldn’t be reached by the national NHS Test and Trace service, is another important way we are acting to help reduce the risk of transmission. Find out more about our Local Tracing Partnership.

People in close contact with someone who is infected with the virus are at higher risk of becoming infected themselves, and of infecting others. Identifying people who could have been exposed to the virus through an infected person means they can take extra precautions to protect themselves and others. Nationally, this is known as NHS Test and Trace.

Explaining and enforcing rules for businesses

If you run a business, you also need to follow the government advice for businesses to keep your staff and customers safe. For everyone’s safety, Trading Standards are taking enforcement action where necessary if businesses aren't complying.

If you're unsure, you can get support and advice from a range of different organisations such as Kent County Council Trading Standards and the Kent and Medway Growth Hub. Visit our support and advice for businesses page for more information.