Latest news, advice and guidance
We are sending regular updates about what the council is doing and how to stay safe during these challenging times. Keep up-to-date by signing up to receive these to your inbox, and read previous updates.
20th May 2020
Anyone over 5 years old with symptoms now eligible for COVID-19 testing
The government has announced this week that anyone over 5 years old displaying symptoms of COVID-19 can now be tested. New information about symptoms of the virus has also been released. Symptoms now include a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia. Anosmia is the loss of, or a change in your normal sense of smell or taste.
If you get any of these symptoms, you and your household should follow government guidelines on self-isolation. If you want to be tested, you should book a test as soon as possible.
You can visit the NHS website to book a test appointment. Essential workers can also apply for a test on the GOV.UK website. There are local drive through testing centres in Chessington and at Gatwick Airport.
In addition, a Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) will be returning to Kingston this weekend, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May. This is part of the government’s national testing programme. Testing slots at MTUs will be released on the national self referral links above in the days leading up to their arrival in the area.
You should only visit the MTU if you have a confirmed test appointment. Those with confirmed appointments should drive to the MTU wherever possible. It will be located at the Cattlemarket car park in Kingston town centre.
18 May 2020
A message from the Leader of Kingston Council - The NHS is here for you
15 May 2020
COVID-19 update from Leader of Kingston Council, Cllr Caroline Kerr
13 May 2020
Government issues new lockdown rules
The Government has issued new lockdown guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The new rules come into effect today, Wednesday 13 May. The lockdown is not over and everyone should continue to:
- stay at home as much as possible
- do not leave home if you have symptoms of COVID-19
- work from home if you can
- follow social distancing guidelines and keep 2 metres apart from others if you go out
- limit contact with people not in your household
- avoid public transport wherever possible
- wash your hands regularly
Updated rules on spending time outdoors
New Government guidance on spending time outdoors means you can now leave your home more than once a day and spend more time outdoors, as long as you stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household.
Parks and outdoor spaces across the borough are open, but playgrounds and outdoor gyms remain closed in line with Government rules.
Updated rules on meeting people
You are now allowed to meet up with one person who is not in your household outside, as long as you keep 2 metres apart from them.
Dos and don’ts
The Government has produced a list of FAQs to help explain what you can and cannot do.
People who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to follow the Government guidelines on shielding.
Meanwhile, Kingston Council staff have said a huge thank you to the borough's residents for their resilience, patience and cooperation during this time. You can watch the video below.
4 May 2020
Thank you for sending us your questions about community safety. Watch Council Leader, Councillor Caroline Kerr put them to Kingston Borough Commander Sally Benatar in our Q and A session.
Issues covered include domestic abuse, social distancing and doorstep theft.
17 April 2020
Kingston Stronger Together - Appeal for food donations
Residents' work and commitment in pulling together during this time has been truly wonderful to see, but foodbanks now need donations. Please help if you can.
Advice for the public
Why fighting the coronavirus depends on you:
NHS mental health advice
The NHS’s Every Mind Matters campaign has now released expert advice on how best to look after mental wellbeing while staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak. The advice contains practical steps a person can take and includes videos, tutorials and links to other useful resources.
Please regularly check the links below for the latest NHS and government advice and make sure that you follow the guidance to protect yourself and others:
Other useful advice:
Advice and information about symptoms
Regularly check national advice and guidance from the NHS and the Government - these are changing daily so make sure you have the latest information:
If you are self-isolating, you can find more help, advice and support on our staying healthy and connected page and from our partners across Kingston at Connected Kingston. Services across the borough are adapting to support residents with their physical and mental health at this time. This site will continue to be updated so do check back.
Letters are being sent telling 1.5 million people in England most at risk of coronavirus to stay at home. They will receive letters or text messages strongly advising them not to go out for 12 weeks to protect themselves.
Visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus for more.
Using parks and green spaces
If you are visiting one of our open spaces for your daily exercise, you must follow the Government guidelines:
- Do not visit a park if you have any symptoms – fever, coughs, shortness of breath.
- If you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air.
- Stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.
- You should only go outside alone or with members of your own household. Gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this.
- Do not use parks for picnics, bonfires or sunbathing.
- Keep moving and spread out when you are in parks or green spaces
- Observe social distancing, staying at least 2 metres apart from other people
- If the park is crowded do not enter if you cannot safely observe social distancing.
- Use all areas of the park that remain open so you can maintain an appropriate distance from others.
Further guidance from the Mayor of London.
Advice for professionals
- Planning and support for Adult Social Care providers
- Businesses and employers
- Health professionals and other organisations
Please check the above links regularly as advice is updated and new guidance added.