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What can I do to keep Kingston safe?

This page provides you with all the information you need to ensure you are helping to curb the spread of coronavirus, and continue to keep Kingston safe. It also outlines all the latest on the Government’s approach to Covid-19. 

You can find more information and support on the main COVID-19 page.

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Visit the Government website for the latest national updates and guidance on living safely with Covid.

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In line with the government’s ‘Living with Covid’ plan, all previously remaining Covid-19 restrictions have now been lifted with effect from 1st April 2022. In addition, free universal Covid testing in England has now also come to an end.

Though all previously remaining requirements have been removed, we continue to encourage certain recommendations around safe behaviours, and strongly endorse individual personal responsibility so that we can all live more safely with Covid.

Full details of the government’s plan can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Whilst it is positive that we are moving to the stage where it is possible to live with Covid, these changes undoubtedly present some new challenges for us all in Kingston. Though legal requirements are being lifted, we will continue to look to our residents, businesses and partners for support through safe behaviours and personal responsibility to ensure that the great progress we’ve made across the borough during times of restrictions is not undone as we adjust to a more normal way of life once again.

Vaccination remains key to living safely in our borough while the Covid virus is still in circulation. We’re proud of the high levels of vaccination we’ve achieved across the borough since the rollout began, and of all our residents who have rolled up their sleeves to protect themselves and their community. With the lifting of the remaining legal requirements and case numbers remaining very high, vaccination’s role really has never been more central, and our collective ongoing efforts to make vaccines as accessible as possible are a reflection of this.

For more information visit gov.uk/coronavirus

How can I keep myself and others safe?

Coronavirus rates remain high in Kingston and across the country, and it is important that we all continue to play our part to stop the spread.

  • It is still safer to stay outside when meeting up. 

  • Advice on regular hand washing also remains relevant, as does allow good ventilation when meeting indoors. 

  • Getting the vaccine is more important than ever! Find out about the latest walk-in vaccination events in the local area.

  • Keep up with twice-weekly lateral flow testing if you have no coronavirus symptoms.

  • If you have any symptoms of coronavirus - a cough, high temperature or loss or change in taste or smell - we recommend you stay home until you are feeling well www.nhs.uk/coronavirus 

Long COVID

Many people recovering from COVID-19 are still coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both their body and mind and are still trying to shake off the effects of the virus. The symptoms are wide-ranging and fluctuating, and can include breathlessness, chronic fatigue, “brain fog”, anxiety and stress. The NHS in South West London has create a web page to share self-help resources and links to local services that are available to people who are experiencing long COVID (which you may also hear referred to as post COVID).

You can also share your experiences of long COVID with Healthwatch via the links at the bottom of the web page, to help improve the support and services that are available. 

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Last Modified: 28/04/2022 13:20:33