Gillingham Town Council has issued a statement asking all residents to follow government regulations as the new lockdown starts.
The lockdown, which was announced on Monday by prime minister Boris Johnson, has now formally came into operation, though MPs will vote on it later today.
The town’s council has also provided details of where people can find help or further guidance in how to cope with the lockdown or understand the regulations.
These details are:
Residents who are shielding or self-isolating and have no family or friends to help them should contact ‘Gillingham Community Kindness’ (managed by the Gillingham Medical Practice) on 01747 859202. They will allocate a volunteer to provide support.
The phone is manned during normal working hours Mon-Fri, although messages can be left at any time and will be responded to as soon as possible.
Anyone who would like to register as a volunteer should contact Liz Rose, Social Prescriber – 07960 043980 or [email protected]
There is a wealth of information on the Dorset Council website which you may find useful. This site is updated regularly:
Government guidance will be followed in relation to play areas, outdoor gyms, the skate park etc and will be closed if necessary.
If an area is closed, please respect this and do not attempt to access the area or use the equipment.
If an area is open, it is important to continue to follow the COVID secure guidance.
Residents with enforcement concerns should contact the Police on 101 – the Town Council has no authority to deal with lockdown breaches.
The town’s mayor, Barry Von Clemens, said: ‘As we enter another lockdown it has been amazing to see our fabulous community come forward to help each other get through this.
‘I would ask people to keep to hand the contact details of groups and to pass them on to anyone who may need help. Also please follow the government guidelines these are in place to get us through this and nearer to the end of this nightmare.
‘It may be hard for a few more months to come but remember the joy we will feel when we once again know our friends and loved ones are safe.’