As the Coronavirus outbreak continues, we urge you to strictly follow the Government's advice and take further steps to protect yourself and the wider population from Coronavirus, including:
- Staying at home unless you need to get essential supplies such as food and medicines. If you are vulnerable or self-isolating and need help to get supplies, please contact us to request help from a volunteer
- Work from home if you are able to do so, unless your work is essential
- Only travel if absolutely necessary - while public transport won’t stop, this should only be used for essential travel, for example by key workers to travel to and from work.
If you are extremely vulnerable to severe illness from Coronavirus because of a specific underlying health condition, you should have been contacted by the NHS by 29 March. You are strongly advised to stay at home for a period of at least 12 weeks from Monday 23 March. If you receive a letter it is vitally important that you act on it for your own protection, don’t attend any gatherings of friends or families and don’t go out for shopping, leisure or travel. A new Local Support System will make sure those individuals self-isolating at home and who are without a support network of friends and family will receive basic groceries. Community pharmacies will support those who need help getting their medicines delivered. Detailed guidance on the medical conditions which cause people to be extremely vulnerable is available in the Government advice on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as vulnerable from Coronavirus.
It’s business as usual for our services, but we've closed our offices to the public until further notice.
Financial advice for residents
Advice and information if you are worried about your finances, including paying your rent, mortgage or bills.
Care for our community - Sevenoaks
Those of us who are less at risk can play our part in protecting other people by following the Government’s advice on social distancing and volunteering to give extra support to vulnerable people who are staying at home. If you want to help others in your community during the Coronavirus outbreak, you can register as a volunteer and help people in self-isolation with their shopping and other small tasks.
If you are self isolating and don't have any local support from family, friend or neighbours we can help. If you need help from people in your community during the Coronavirus outbreak, you can register with us.
Guidance for business
To delay the spread of coronavirus, the Government has instructed some businesses and venues including all pubs, bars, restaurants, leisure centres and entertainment venues to close. The closures will help limit the spread of Coronavirus by helping to stop non-essential contact and unnecessary travel. This will not affect supermarkets or retailers that supply fuel, medicines and other vital goods, which will continue to be open as normal.
For information on Coronavirus, what to do if you think you have the virus, travel and how to reduce its spread, visit the NHS website.
Local information on Coronavirus is available on the Kent County Council website.
You can help prevent the virus spreading by more regularly washing your hands for 20 seconds, using soap and water:
- When you get to work or arrive home
- After you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
- Before you eat or handle food
Use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available. You should also cough or sneeze into tissues before binning them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren’t clean.