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2 November 2020

We know this is a difficult and uncertain time for everybody. Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Saturday, 31 October, of new restrictions due to start on Thursday, 5 November, this newsletter is here to help you understand the new rules, and outline support that might be available to you.

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A message from the Leader of Kingston Council, Cllr Caroline Kerr

Kingston Council Leader on new national COVID 19 restrictions and protecting Kingston's NHS 1
New national restrictions due to be introduced by the Government on Thursday 5 November to curb rising coronavirus rates across England. Councillor Caroline Kerr explains why they are important for our borough.

COVID-19: New rules

From Thursday 5 November, you must stay at home. You should only leave home for a limited set of reasons:
  • For education
  • For work, if you cannot work from home
  • For exercise and recreation outdoors - with your household or support bubble, or on your own with one person from another household
  • For all medical reasons, appointments, and to escape injury or harm
  • To shop for food and essentials 
  • To provide care for vulnerable people or to volunteer
Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed. Click and collect services can continue and essential shops, including supermarkets, will remain open. Pubs, bars, restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services. 

If you were previously asked to shield by the government, you should continue to follow the latest guidance and stay at home except for the above reasons.

By staying at home and following the guidelines, you are helping to protect your friends, family and community by preventing the spread of coronavirus. 
Read more about the new restrictions
Furlough Scheme extended
 
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, known as the Furlough Scheme, has been extended by a month. Employees will receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2500 per month.

Read more about the measures.
Support for businesses and the self-employed
Businesses and the self-employed can check what financial support schemes they are eligible for on the government's website. Businesses forced to close by the new measures will be eligible to recieve grants of up to £3000. The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme has also been extended.

Got symptoms? Book a test

There are tests available in Kingston.

If you feel any coronavirus symptoms, however slight, you must self-isolate for 10 days and book a test as soon as possible. Anybody in your household or support bubble must also self-isolate for 14 days.

Self isolating if you have symptoms is vital - it's the only way to stop the spread of the virus, protect lives and protect Kingston Hospital and our local NHS services so they can continue to offer care to all who need it. 

Book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Download the NHS Covid-19 App
The NHS app allows you to report symptoms, and can alert individuals that may have coronavirus.

The app will help the NHS respond more quickly to stop COVID spreading further and save lives. 

Download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store

Kingston Stronger Together can support you with some of the challenges you may face whilst self-isolating, including:

  • Help to get food and shopping
  • Support with getting prescriptions to your home
  • Having someone to talk to
  • Latest information about local services available
If you need support and have no one else to call on,
complete the support form at bitly.com/KingstonHelp 
or call us on 020 8547 5000

For tips and advice on looking after your physical and mental wellbeing,
visit www.connectedkingston.co.uk

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