We are compiling the latest advice about COVID-19. Use the links to find more information.
All of our information is taken from authorative UK sources.
Protect yourself and your family and reduce the spread of Coronavirus
Advice for everybody:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
Advice if you or someone you live with have Coronavirus symptoms
If you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Look after yourself while staying at home
See our Adult abuse page for information about help available if you are suffering abuse during lockdown
Can you help? Do you need help?
Ashford Borough Council have teamed up with Ashford Volunteer Centre to co-ordinate offers of help and those who need help. Volunteer registration forms and limks to community groups are on the ABC website.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published advice to tenants and landlords including possession and access for maintenance.
Testing and tracing for coronavirus
Information about testing for coronavirus and what to do if you’re contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.
Ask for a test to check if you have coronavirus
What your coronavirus test result means
NHS Test and Trace: if you’re contacted after testing positive for coronavirus
NHS Test and Trace: if you’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
Read the full list of businesses that must close, the exceptions and measures that must be taken to protect workers.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.
Sick Pay for Coronovirus
If you are staying at home because you or a member of your household has Coronovirus symptoms (self-isolating) you can get Statutory Sick Pay from the first day of self-isolation.
Your employer may give you improved sick pay but SSP is the minimum they must give you.
If you already receive benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credits
- Carer’s Allowance
Read the Citizens Advice page about changes
There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.
But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you.
If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.
NHS NSAIDs https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nsaids/
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, schools, colleges and childcare providers will be closed to the majority of pupils until further notice.
Schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders and other registered childcare settings have been asked remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where they can.
More information on School Closures
Free School Meals
Schools can provide food on site, arrange deliveries or purchase a voucher to be given to the family.
Contact your school to find out which option they are providing.
Many schools will be setting some work that children can do at home, but this may be limited leaving children with time to fill.
We list some sources of learning activities that can be used at home.