Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from Kingston Council

An update on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation from Kingston Council.

Businesses and the local economy

Kingston Council Leader, Caroline Kerr today reinforced the council's commitment to helping local businesses through COVID-19 (Coronavirus), whilst announcing that more than 1300 business grants, totalling over £19M have been paid so far.

Watch the video.

Kingston libraries

Surbiton and Tolworth libraries remain closed for the foreseeable future, please see the latest information:

  • Any library cards due to expire before 30 June have been extended to 30 June
  • All borrowed items due for return from 19 March have been renewed until 30 June
  • Any fines incurred between 19 March - 30 June will be automatically waived
  • All items that had been reserved will be kept until 30 June
  • All new members joining online will be able to access our online resources

Quit for Covid

The latest research tells us that smokers with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are 14 times more likely to develop serious illness. Our local stop smoking service, Kick-It, is available to help you quit today by providing six 1:1 telephone sessions with a stop smoking advisor. Join now by visiting their Quit Now webpage, or phoning 020 3434 2500, Monday to Friday, 9am-5.30pm.

Championing food donations

The GoodGym and Kingston Council are working with local communities through Facebook and Whatsapp groups, to ask people to leave food donations at a designated location. They have asked local residents to come forward as Street Champs, to create an easy drop off point for their street or area, so that the goodgym or the council can collect the donations and take them to the foodbank in Hook Rise South.

There are already 50+ Street Champs across the borough and the number is growing. The 1st Malden scout group are also assisting and have mobilised their members.

Councillor Lorraine Dunstone was one of the first Cllrs to support this novel idea:

“I was so pleased about how much neighbours wanted to give, before I knew it I had 7 bags of food and toiletries. The fact they could drop it in the box whilst they were out taking their hour of exercise made it convenient for them. I then asked if anyone else wanted to do it on a neighbourhood wide Facebook group and another 18 residents came forward, all keen to help.”

Funding available for education, childcare and children’s social care organisations

The Department for Education has published guidance that sets out the financial support that is available for different types of education, early years and children’s social care providers in England.

Guidance for Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students

On 20 April The Home Office published guidance that sets out temporary policy concessions for Tier 4 sponsors, Tier 4 students and short-term study students in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.

If you would like to get involved please contact [email protected], 078510 44 316.