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We can meet again! Respect, protect enjoy this weekend (COVID Update – 4 June 2021)

We can meet again but we still need to follow the guidance to respect, protect and enjoy the new freedoms as restrictions are eased.  For the latest information, please see the GOV.UK website – and remember hands, face, space, fresh air.

Lockdown latest

From 17 May, you can meet indoors in a group of up to 6 people or 2 households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday.

For full information on what you can and cannot do, please see the latest guidance on the GOV.UK website.

The next step of the Government’s roadmap is scheduled for 21 June.

International Travel

The government this week announced further changes to international travel restrictions.  You should check if you are due to travel soon.

Symptom-free testing

Symptom-free home testing kits are now widely available at hundreds of pharmacies and workplaces across Kent and can also be ordered online and delivered to your door.

It is vitally important that people continue take a test twice a week, even if they have been vaccinated, just to check whether or not they are unwittingly carrying the virus. One in three people with COVID-19 shows no symptoms and regular testing will ensure we put a stop to the spread of the virus.

Opening times for the symptom-free testing site at Sandwich Guildhall:

  • Monday – CLOSED
  • Tuesday – 9am-2pm
  • Wednesday – 2pm-7pm
  • Thursday – 9am-2pm
  • Friday – 9am – 7pm
  • Saturday – CLOSED
  • Sunday – 9am – 7pm.

To find out more details and book a symptom-free test, please go to the KCC website. For more information on where to get lateral flow tests, please click here.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you should NOT visit a symptom-free testing site and continue to self-isolate. You can book a test for people with symptoms by visiting the GOV.UK website or by calling 119.

Vaccinations update

The latest data shows that the NHS has vaccinated 91% of the top nine priority groups with at least one dose; and now 69% of all adults aged over 18 have been vaccinated across Kent and Medway.

More than 710,000 people are now protected with both doses of the vaccine. In the top four most vulnerable groups 95% of people have had both doses.

The Covid-19 vaccine is being offered at local vaccination centres run by GPs, at large vaccination centres, in some pharmacies and some hospitals. For the latest local details, please see the CCG website.

The vaccine is currently being given to people who:

  • Are aged 30 or over
  • Will turn 30 before 1 July 2021
  • Are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • Are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • Have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • Have a learning disability
  • Are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus.

If you are not eligible yet, please wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.  For more details on vaccinations, please see the NHS website.

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