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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Last Updated: 24 March 2020, 11:16AM

The Visitor Information Centre (VIC) at The Custom House is now closed until further notice.

The Ramsgate Town Council offices are closed for the foreseeable future. Staff will be working from home so if members of the public wish to contact the Council they should do so by phone, email or via the website. The Council will try to work as normal as possible.

The Council requests that Allotment tenants follow government guidelines and the rules below:
  • Only the named plot holder can be on site.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser after using the lock/gate to enter and exit the site.
  • Wash hands regularly.
  • Do not wash your hands in water troughs.
  • Tea lodges and toilets are out of bounds.
  • Do not share tools.
  • Observe social distancing, at least 2 meters apart.
  • If you have livestock please take a photo now. Based on whats happening in other countries you may have to print off a government form to leave your house if the current situation changes.

Please adhere to the above rules and follow the government guidelines. If you have been contacted by the NHS to self isolate for 12 weeks, please do this. If you show any symptoms or anyone in your household please self isolate for 14 days.

For anything that is immediate or urgent on the allotment sites, please phone 07539 413843.

Ramsgate Town Council have made the decision to cancel all meetings for the foreseeable future. The Council will inform the public as and when the meetings are rescheduled.

Please do not approach the Technicians in the street or elsewhere as we will need their services in the coming week.

The Council will continue to be active and working in the community, but like everyone else, how many staff and when they will be available will depend on circumstances beyond our control.

We have been in contact with our Councils to coordinate our activities and we await their response.

A number of individuals and organisations have offered their assistance and we may take them up on their kind offers as and when it becomes necessary, but thank them wholeheartedly in the meantime.

We urge the people of Ramsgate to take all necessary precautions and to follow government guidelines as and when they develop in the coming weeks.

There are things we can all do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading:
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel, if soap and water are not available
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

At this stage the guidance you should follow is being issued by health providers. This is regularly updated on the NHS website, which is the recommended source of information for the public. We would encourage you to familiarise yourself with this advice. We will continue to share NHS guidance on our social media channels.

The latest NHS advice is to:

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

Do not go directly to your GP, pharmacy, hospital or other healthcare setting.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Information on coronavirus can be found on the NHS website.

Avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

We should all do what we can to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.

It is particularly important for people who:
  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • only travel on public transport if you need to
  • work from home if you can
  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • avoid events with large groups of people
  • use phone, online services or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Do not:
  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • have visitors to your home, including friends and family

Public Health England (PHE) has published advice for the following groups:
Public Health England are regularly updating their website on what you need to know about Coronavirus (COVID-19).