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16 December 2020

Kingston now in Tier 3: Very high alert

From today, Kingston - along with the rest of London - has moved into Tier 3. 

In order to Keep Kingston Safe, protect our communities and help keep our schools, shops and local health services open, it is critical that we follow the new Tier 3 restrictions.

  • You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble. This includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in parks, public gardens or sports facilities. This is called the ‘rule of 6’.
  • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed. They are only permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.

The full list of restrictions is available on the GOV.UK website.

Cllr Mark Durrant visits our new
COVID-19 test centre in New Malden

Councillor Mark Durrant provides an update from the new Cocks Crescent test site, and walks us through the quick and simple process of getting tested. 

The new test site is a walk-through facility, so you must arrive on foot, or by bicycle. If you have to drive, you can park in the Blagdon Road Car Park or Malden Leisure Centre and walk to the test site from there. 

Find out more on our website.

Keep safe this Christmas 

Rates of COVID-19 are increasing across the country, and we have seen a particularly sharp rise in Kingston in recent weeks.

It is vital that we all exercise extreme caution in the way we celebrate Christmas this year to protect our loved ones - particularly our elderly, vulnerable or at-risk relatives.

Relaxed rules are in place for five days across the festive period, from 23-27 December. During this time:

  • Up to 3 households will be allowed to meet up to form a ‘Christmas bubble’

  • Those three households will be allowed to meet in private homes 

  • You will not be allowed to meet with your Christmas bubble in hospitality venues, such as pubs or restaurants 

  • You can not change or extend the households in your Christmas bubble. 

It is a tough decision, but we must all use our best personal judgement to decide whether to meet up over Christmas, giving particular consideration to gatherings with vulnerable relatives.

In the lead up to Christmas it is essential that we continue to follow the key prevention guidance below (Hands, Face, Space) and keep social contact low.

Also, please remember if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 - a new cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell - you must self-isolate: stay at home and book a free test as soon as possible.

Hands, Face, Space:
Follow these 3 simple rules to keep each other safe

COVID-19 restrictions grants for Kingston businesses

Kingston Council is providing a range of support grants to eligible businesses across the borough, with funding available for:

  • Businesses required to close during the national lockdown period or the current Tier 3 restrictions, which can apply for up to £1,500 for each 14 day period of closure. If your main business is closed but you have adapted to provide a click-and-collect or take away service, you can still apply for this grant.

  • Hospitality and leisure businesses and their supply chain businesses that pay business rates and are not required to close, but are severely impacted by the Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions can apply for up to £1,050 for each 14 day period affected.

  • Grants of £1,000 are also available for pubs that earn less than half of their profit from food sales.

If you've previously applied for a Tier 2 impact grant you don't need to apply again for the Tier 3 impact grant - you will receive your payment automatically. Please read the full guidance carefully before applying.

Further grants covering more businesses will be announced soon and will be available in early January.

Where to find the latest information and guidance

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