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Following the announcement by the Prime Minster on the 4th of January 2021, the country has entered a national lockdown.

The surge in Covid-19 cases and concerns that the health services could be overwhelmed has prompted this change.

Across the country people have been asked immediately to stay at home. People must now leave home only for work – and only if it is impossible to work from home – for essential food and medicine, seeking medical care, fleeing the threat of harm, and providing essential care.

The new measures will apply across the whole of England and no exception will be made for those who have been vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be rolled out. However, there’s still a lot of work to be done before it’s available to us all.

Schools, colleges and universities are all closed with immediate effect and will switch to remote learning.

All non-essential retail is to remain closed. Many of our High Street shops offer on-line shopping. Please do support them if you can. A summary of what local businesses are offering can be accessed by following this link: Business Register

Essential retail, including supermarkets, pharmacies and builders’ merchants can remain open. As can dentists and opticians.

Exercise with one other person from a different household is permitted but the advice is to stay local and limit activity to once a day. Sporting venues (i.e. gyms, pools) are to close. Playgrounds can remain open – see below for playground rules.

For full details of the national lockdown guidance, please visit the government website

A summary has also been prepared by Kent County Council:

KCC COVID-19 Update

The Parish Council will continue to receive calls on our normal telephone number 01580 713112, via the COVID Helpline number 0300 770 2262 and email

PLAYGROUND RULES – As previously mentioned, playgrounds also remain open, but, please continue to observe the playground rules:

  *  Follow the Government rules on social distancing and stay 1m+ apart from others, and 2m if possible.

  *   Please wait until it’s your turn to play and don’t overcrowd the playground.

  *   Limit your time to allow others to play.

  *   Only one household at a time on the multi-play units please.

  *   Please provide your own hand sanitizer, and use it before and after using the play equipment. We advise to wipe the equipment at touch points before use if possible.  Please dispose wipes/gloves in the bins provided.

  *   Washing your hands is one of easiest ways to protect yourself and others from the virus.  Avoid touching your face before your hands are washed.  As soon as you can, wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.

  *   Please do not consume food or drink in the playground.

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