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Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from Kingston Council

We are working hard to make sure we are focusing resources on vital services that support our most vulnerable residents who need our help the most.

To ensure we have the capacity to provide vital services, we will need to close others for a period of time. Starting from tomorrow, some services will be closed for the foreseeable future. This includes all leisure centres, youth centres, Kingston Adult Education, Kingston Music Service, Kingston Museum and the History Centre. Activities run out of children's centres will stop but the buildings will remain open to provide essential services and there may well be changes to library opening hours and services.

We are working with Kingston Voluntary Action and other partners to support our residents to volunteer to help their community and to reach as many people as possible across the borough whilst still keeping everyone safe. As soon as we have more details on how to get involved we will share them.

It’s vital that we’re all following the latest health advice from the NHS - stay at home if you have a high temperature and a new, continuous cough. Self-isolate for 7 days if you have symptoms, and any other individuals in the household should now self-isolate for 14 days too. There are also clear guidelines for people over 70, pregnant women, those with weakened immune systems and people with underlying health issues not to travel and to limit social interaction. All of us should avoid unnecessary travel and follow social distancing guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This is a situation that’s changing all the time. Keep updated by checking the government website.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Liz Green said:

“These are unprecedented times and we need to all work together to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and look after the most vulnerable. We are making well-informed decisions to focus on maintaining critical services to protect the public.

“I would like to thank my councillor colleagues, council staff and our partners for their ongoing commitment as we work together under difficult circumstances.

“We know we have amazing people in our community who will be offering their support which is welcomed but would remind everyone to please be vigilant and alert within the local community to the possibility of those who may take advantage of this situation. Please look out for each other and yourselves.”

Our dedicated webpage will be updated regularly with local information and the latest advice as we receive updates and new guidance from central government: www.kingston.gov.uk/coronavirus.