Ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend, residents across Kent and Medway are being reminded to avoid unnecessary travel to coastal areas, parks and other popular open spaces as part of potentially life-saving measures against the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Members of the Kent Resilience Forum including district councils, Kent County Council, Medway Council, emergency services and train operator Southeastern are reminding everyone to follow the Government’s advice by staying safe at home.
A spokesman for the district councils said: "We were pleased to see that last weekend, many residents used common sense and did heed national advice to stay close to home, avoiding crowded areas. Unfortunately, we need to ask them to do so again this long weekend so please don't travel to the coast or country parks to do your exercise and certainly don’t go to public places for picnics or social gatherings.
"Stay close to home, only go out with members of your own household once a day for exercise and please avoid creating a crowd. And if you’re looking to have a barbecue or bonfire while you’re at home, we urge you to follow safety advice there. It’s vital that we’re all #kenttogether."
KCC Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark added:
"Remember when out to stay two metres (six feet) away from other people – that’s either two very big steps or hold your arm out and then double that distance. It’s vital that we all continue with a sensible approach to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and avoid the strain on the NHS."
Kent Fire and Rescue Service is also advising residents to stay safe at home, particularly around the use of bonfires. KFRS Assistant Director for Resilience, Lee Rose, said: "We are monitoring what impact the current Covid-19 isolation situation is having on the type of incidents we are attending, and it’s clear there has been more bonfires across the county, and more people noticing them in recent weeks."
Anyone having a bonfire is urged to take care and follow fire service safety advice at https://www.kent.fire-uk.org/your-safety/home-safety/a-z-of-safety-what-are-the-risks/bonfires/
If you need urgent help, essential supplies or medication, please contact the 24 hour helpline – called Kent Together – which provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people. Please got to www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 41 92 92