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Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from Kingston Council

With new guidance from the Government now impacting all of us in our everyday lives, Kingston Council is putting measures in place to make sure we’re keeping critical services running.

A message from Councillor Caroline Kerr, the new Leader of Kingston Council

“We all know that these are frightening times, the new rules to slow down the spread of the virus affect everyone - every household, every family and every business in the borough. The centre of Kingston this afternoon was as quiet as I can ever remember and that’s a tribute to our residents who are following the Government's instructions.

We at the council also have a role to play. We have been reducing our services to concentrate on those that are absolutely essential and also to support our wonderful NHS colleagues.

We have also set up a volunteer hub on our website, lots of people have been told that they have to self-isolate for 12 solid weeks and if you want to help somebody old or vulnerable who's in that situation please do sign up to our volunteering network.

We know that the worst is yet to come. As the new leader of the council I am committed to making sure that we are preparing for the challenge ahead.

In the meanwhile, all any of us can do is follow the Government’s instructions.

It isn’t easy, but stay home because it will save lives.”

Service closures

In order to help limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and ensure that staff are deployed to support critical areas, a number of council services will have revised opening times or will be closed for the foreseeable future

The Household Reuse and Recycling Centre at Villiers Road is closed until further notice. Bulky items, garden waste, DIY waste etc. should be stored safely until restrictions on non-essential travel are lifted and the site is able to re-open.

Local Land Charge search applications and Personal Searches have now been suspended and residents are advised to check online or call sexual health clinics before visiting. 

For full details on closures in the borough please visit: www.kingston.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Emergency food appeal

There are up to 30,000 people in Kingston who may need food support in the coming weeks. A coordinated council and charity response is now taking place to meet the needs of vulnerable groups during this uncertain time.

All individuals, food suppliers, restaurants, hotels and pubs can help by making a donation.

Food needed includes: perishable and frozen goods, rice, pasta, potatoes, long life milk and tinned food.

To make a food donation please email: [email protected]

To donate money please visit: tinyurl.com/wk4egpf.

Kingston Stronger Together

The council has teamed up with Kingston Voluntary Action and Volunteering Kingston to launch a new volunteering hub for the borough - Kingston Stronger Together.

Over 600 people have already signed up to help support the local community. Residents can register on our website: www.kingston.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Information and support for Kingston businesses

The council will have an important role in distributing the support set out by the Government. We will ensure this happens as soon as full details are provided to us. There is no action required from businesses to access grants and rate reliefs at this point, until they are contacted by the council.

Upcoming digital events

Kingston libraries now have an exciting programme of live streaming events including the popular Rhyme Time, anxiety workshops and e-book reviews. Visit their Facebook page for further details.

Our Biodiversity Officer, Elliot Newton will also be broadcasting live at midday this Saturday (28 March) on the Earth Live Lessons Youtube channel where he will be discussing urban nature.