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4 November 2020

COVID-19: New rules in place from midnight

From Thursday 5 November we must all stay at home, you can only leave for a limited number of reasons:

  • For education
  • For work, if you cannot work from home  

  • For exercise and recreation outdoors

  • For all medical reasons, appointments, and to escape harm or injury

  • To shop for food and essentials

  • To provide care for vulnerable people or to volunteer

Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will close. Click and collect services can continue, and essential shops - including supermarkets - will remain open. 

Read more about the new restrictions.

Impact on local services

In Kingston, leisure centres will close and most libraries will also close, but Hook, New Malden and Surbiton will remain open for click and collect services and essential PC use. Parks and playgrounds across the borough will remain open.

We are continuing to work through government guidance and the below page will be updated as we have more information.

Find our more about how council services will be impacted

The NHS is here for you:
A message from Sarah Joseph, Matron at Kingston Hospital

The trauma and orthopaedics Matron calls on all of us to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect Kingston Hospital by following the new rules.

Bonfire night - please stay safe and compliant

There are no public firework displays in the borough this year due to COVID-19, and new lockdown measures coming into force from tomorrow.

If you are having your own bonfire or firework display, or enjoying the celebrations while observing the correct COVID-19 guidelines, you must still do so responsibly and with utmost care.

See the Fire Brigade’s top tips for enjoying fireworks in the safest way.

Please also remember that a large number of our pets are not fans of fireworks, so do take extra care if you have plans. Read the RSPCA’s tips on keeping pets safe.

Remembrance Sunday 2020

Due to current COVID-19 safety guidelines it's not possible to hold the usual public commemoration services or parades that take place across the borough.

Residents are invited to join a Commemoration Service livestream via Youtube on Sunday 8 November at 10.55 a.m.
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Kingston Works! Employability & wellbeing course

Kingston Adult Education is launching a new course next week offering residents a chance to boost their employability skills, refresh their literacy and numeracy skills and take the next step in their careers.

Find out more and sign up

Colouring in a cleaner, greener Kingston

Two Art Direction students from Kingston University, Izzi Toovey and Josephine Miller, have been working with Kingston Council's Arts Service and the Communications & Engagement team to create posters to support the council's Cleaner, Greener Campaign. 

This project started as a lockdown activity for children in the borough illustrating how we can all play a role in helping create a better environment.

Their fantastic artwork has been digitalised and is being showcased on Instagram and across Kingston Town Centre.

Make sure you check it out on your next walk! 

A big thank you to everyone that got involved. 

Keep Kingston Safe Test and Trace team

Ensuring everyone who tests positive for COVID-19 self isolates and shares the details of their recent close contacts is vital to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Kingston.

Kingston Council’s new local contact tracing team will start work at the end of this week, supplementing the work of NHS Test and Trace. 
Read more

Can we help you to get more active at home?

Do you have a physical or mental health condition which is limiting your activity levels? Kingston Public Health's 'Healthy at Home and Beyond' offer is FREE and now online.

Our Get Active exercise specialists run 12 week, 1-1 exercise referral programmes tailored to your needs. Call 020 8547 6815 for more information.

Domestic abuse support available

At home shouldn’t mean at risk. If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, lockdown rules don't apply. The Police service & the Kingston Domestic Violence Hub remain open and available, find support information online.

Contact the Kingston Domestic Violence Hub on 0208 547 6046.

Always call 999 if you are in immediate danger.

Drop-in to have your say on playground renovation plans

We are delighted to be transforming three more playgrounds in the borough through our ambitious Community Parks Programme.

Find out more about our proposals and ask any questions you may have by joining one of our first ever ‘virtual’ drop-in sessions next week.

Kingston Town - Athelstan Recreation Ground
Tuesday 10 November - 4-6pm

Chessington - RAF Chessington Playground
Wednesday 11 November - 4-6pm

Chessington - Sir Francis Barker Recreation Ground
Thursday 12 November - 4-6pm

Our Greenspaces Development Manager will be providing a brief overview of the plans at 4, 4.30, 5 and 5.30pm, but you are welcome to join at any time.

Register here to attend a Google Meet drop-in session.

To view the plans or to share your views by completing our online survey instead please visit:

New Kingston Council website

In the next few weeks you'll see a few new changes to the Kingston Council website, making it easier for you to get things done, and getting you to the information you need faster. 

Take a look at the new version of our website and share your feedback at

Supporting our young people

This week is National Youth Work Week, celebrating the great work that youth workers do to support young people.

Due to the new lockdown restrictions, youth centres will be closed, but they are offering a programme of online activities from 5 November.

Notice of proposed disposal: Shiraz Mirza Community Hall

The Council has received a notice of proposed disposal of Shiraz Mirza Community Hall. During the interim moratorium period, a community interest group may give written notice to the local authority that it wants to be treated as a potential bidder in relation to the land.
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Where to find the latest information and guidance

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