Coronavirus Information

We will endeavor to post any useful information regarding the Coronavirus (Covid 19) on this page, as we receive it.

18th January 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme for Romney Marsh 

We have been working with the local Primary Care Trust, County Councillor, District Councillors and Romney Marsh Community Support Hub on the delivery of a vaccination programme for Romney Marsh.

The first step in this programme is the establishment of a vaccination centre at Lydd Airport, which will begin delivery of the vaccine to the over 80s on Wednesday 20th January. The current plan is to deliver the Pfizer vaccine starting at 9am on Wednesday 20th January. The sessions are initially planned to run on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week from 9 am to 6pm.

We are working with other local organisations to facilitate the establishment and smooth running of this facility.

The NHS will initially contact all over 80s in the area to arrange their vaccination appointments. We would urge residents NOT to turn up at Lydd Airport without an appointment, neither should they call their surgeries but wait for their allocated appointment.

The Right Worshipful Mayor of New Romney Cllr Paul Thomas said "This is a great first step to protect the most vulnerable members of our community. We have to be patient during the rollout and acknowledge that other vaccination facilities on Romney Marsh are also being considered. This has been a very difficult time for our local surgeries and they have done a great job."


14th January 2021 

Folkestone & Hythe COVID Business Grants - update

Following the commencement of another national lockdown, FHDC have updating us on the position regarding the availability of COVID Government business grants which local authorities are administering on their behalf.

Since the start of the previous national lockdown period on 4th November 2020, there have been a number of business grant schemes available for businesses in the district. However, they have tried to keep this as straightforward as possible, so have combined these into two broad schemes – the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LSRG) and the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). The recent national lockdown this January has brought an additional grant – the National Lockdown Grant, which is available to businesses eligible for an LSRG.

Local Restrictions Support Grant

The LSRG is available to businesses that are legally required to close during either the national lockdown periods and/or during Tier 3 or Tier 4 restrictions and are in business rated premises. This has therefore been applicable to different types of businesses during these different periods, with some qualifying for an LSRG in all periods and others only eligible during the national lockdowns. The Government has provided information on which types of business are legally required to close, therefore, where it has been possible, the FHDC Business Rates team has contacted eligible businesses and invited them to complete the application form on our corporate website.

If you have not been contacted and believe your business was eligible for an LSRG for any period since the 4th November 2020, please contact the business rates team on 01303 853 223

Once an LSRG application has been made for any period and this has been approved (and potentially already paid), further grants will be automatically paid for the period up to the middle of February 2021, when the Government is due to review the current National Lockdown).

Please note: even if your business was/is legally required to close and you are NOT a business rates payer, you will NOT be eligible for an LSRG and should apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant.

The LSRG scheme in Folkestone & Hythe is being administered by the Business Rates Team (; tel 01303 853223)

Additional Restrictions Grant

This is a discretionary local authority grant scheme which is available to businesses that have been impacted since 4th November 2020 due to the pandemic. If a business is eligible for an LSRG, then it would NOT normally also qualify for an ARG. However, this can be considered on a case by case basis and can be awarded under some circumstances.

The eligibility criteria for the ARG scheme include the need to demonstrate at least a 25% impact on expected income levels and that monthly fixed costs are incurred that equate to at least 30% of the eligible grant award (e.g. for businesses eligible for a £1,334 grant, monthly fixed costs need to be at least around £400).

Where a business has applied for an ARG for the November national lockdown period and this has been approved, then additional pro-rata grant payments have been paid for the period up to 29th December 2020. Additional automatic payments will then be paid on a prorate basis for the period from 30th Dec – 4th Jan and for the six weeks of national lockdown from 5th January 2021. These ARG awards for the January national lockdown period are equivalent to the LSRG and national lockdown grants paid to LSRG eligible businesses.

Businesses eligible for an LSRG during the November lockdown period, but not eligible during Tier 3 or Tier 4 restrictions, can apply for an ARG for these periods.

If you have not yet applied for an ARG for any period since 4th November 2020, you can still apply. The ARG scheme will remain open to new applications until 31 January 2021. However, we would urge you to apply as soon as possible. Please use this weblink to complete an application

The Additional Restrictions Grant scheme in Folkestone & Hythe is being administered by the Economic Development team (, 01303 853 287).

National Lockdown Grant

The government has introduced a new National Lockdown Grant for the current national lockdown that commenced 5th January 2021. These grants are available to businesses legally required to close and meet other eligibility criteria. This is payable in addition to an existing LSRG for eligible businesses for this period.

All eligible businesses that have already applied for an LSRG for the November 2020 national lockdown period, will automatically receive this additional grant. Please do not complete another form. Guidance for this scheme will not be received until the week commencing 11 January and payments will be processed following receipt of that.

If your business has not yet applied for an LSRG for the November 2020 national lockdown and is eligible for this grant, please complete an LSRG application using the following link.

Once LSRG applications are approved, this will be followed by further automatic LSRG grant payments for the subsequent tier 3, tier 4 and January 2021 national lockdown period.

Please note: acceptance of grant payments by any business means that they are confirming their eligibility for the grant scheme and, if they are no longer eligible - i.e. you have become insolvent and ceased trading, have opened your business premises to the public and/or exceeded state aid limits, the grant will need to be returned. The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud – and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.


13th January 2021



The New Romney area remains a high area of infection in Kent, and we must all play our part in trying to stop it spreading.

Last week in New Romney, there were 66 confirmed cases which equates to 894.1 cases per 100,00 people - well above the national average (source: It is still vitally important that we all follow the Lockdown rules , to try to halt the spread, and also to protect our hospitals from getting overwhelmed. Stay at home if you can, but if you do have to go out, practice social distancing, handwashing and wearing your mask.

Do your bit, and get tested, if you leave the house for work or essential activities, even if you are symptom free so that you don't unknowingly spread it in the community. as soon as we have information on local vaccination centres we will share it with you.



Covid map for New Romney 

6th January 2021


The New Romney area remains one of the higher areas of infection in Kent, and we must all play our part in trying to stop it spreading. Last week in New Romney, there were 60 confirmed cases which equates to 812.8 cases per 100,00 people - well above the national average (source: It is disappointing that the precautions that we have all been taking has not been enough to bring the level of cases down, and so it's vitally important that we all follow the Lockdown rules , to try to halt the spread, and also to protect our hospitals from getting overwhelmed. Remember


 6th Jan 2021 Covid map for New Romney

5th January 2021

We are now in the National Tier 5 lockdown. This means that you must stay at home unless for the reasons set out at

4th January 2021


Symptom-free testing sites to open across Kent

Rapid-result coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for people who don’t have symptoms is being rolled out across Kent this week.

The testing will find people who don’t currently have symptoms, who may be unknowingly spreading the virus in the community and the sites are part of a rolling programme to help reduce the rates of transmission in Kent.

In addition to sites already running at Sheppey and Ramsgate, people can now book for tests from today (4 January), using the link at the following venues:

  • Northfleet Youth Club, Hall Road, Gravesend DA11 8AJ

  • Swanley Youth Club, St Mary's Road BR8 7BU

  • Dover Discovery Centre, York Street CT16 1PH

  • Folkestone Library. 2 Grace Hill, Folkestone CT20 1HD

  • Unit 1 Eurogate Business Park, Thomson Rd, Ashford TN24 8XW

  • Kent Show Ground, Detling ME14 3JF

  • Kemsley Community Centre, Ridham Avenue, Kemsley ME10 2SF

  • The Centre, Birchington, Alpha Road, Birchington CT7 9EG

  • Sidney Cooper Gallery, 22-23 St Peter's Street, Canterbury CT1 2BQ

  • Larkfied Library, Martin Square, Larkfield, ME20 6QW

  • Fairfield Leisure Centre, Lowfield Street, Dartford DA1 1JB

  • Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU

All symptom free testing sites will be open daily from 9am to 7pm Monday, starting on Thursday 7th January.

Key workers and their families have already been receiving invites to book as a priority to support the NHS and other frontline services.

From now (Monday 4th January), all members of the public who live or work in those areas are also able to book a test.

Once all 14 sites are open, there will be capacity for over 13,000 tests across Kent per day. Since opening on 17 December, there have been over 8,800 tests carried out at the sites in Sheppey and Ramsgate, helping to identify positive cases in the community and reduce the spread of the virus.

KCC Leader Roger Gough said: “I previously outlined four crucial actions that will help us get out of tier four restrictions – following the guidelines; symptom-free testing; contact tracing and enforcement. Rapid testing, combined with additional resources in contact tracing, means we will be able make significant strides in identifying and containing the virus across the county.

“The symptom-free testing sites are being set up using funding from central government to support local councils in tier 4 to help reduce rates of COVID-19 and we have also received support from the military. The opening of 14 sites has been a huge partnership effort between Kent County Council, central Government and the 12 district and borough councils. Another 10 sites are being planned for rollout in the coming weeks so we continue to do everything we can to help Kent out of this situation.”

Lieutenant Colonel James Cackett, Commanding Officer of the 320-strong Kent Resilience Unit* said: “The Kent Resilience Unit, which includes many soldiers from 36 Engineer Regiment based in Maidstone, is looking forward to delivering community testing to the people of Kent and supporting our partners in Kent County Council, protecting our communities from coronavirus this winter.”

Kent County Council Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark said: “It has been a logistically complex and challenging programme to rollout but symptom-free testing sites will help people to come forward and book themselves regular tests so we can find those who may be unknowingly transmitting the virus either at home or at work.

“Remember, up to 1 in 3 people may have COVID-19 without any symptoms at all and with this new strain that is more transmissible, we need to identify those people and encourage them to isolate so we break the chain of transmission.

“The message to everyone across Kent is to keep following the tier 4 restrictions and limit your social interactions. It's important to self-isolate, not only after receiving a positive test result but also while you wait for the results.”

To book a test, use this link:

Residents attending this testing will undergo a lateral flow swab test and will receive their result within a couple of hours of attending the test by text or email. If they are positive, they will be told to self-isolate, follow the national guidance and they will be instructed to have a PCR test to confirm their positive result. If they are negative, they must still continue to observe social distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public and regularly wash hands.

These sites are in addition to the regional and local testing sites for people who have symptoms.

If you have symptoms you should NOT attend one of our symptom-free testing sites but instead book a PCR test

* The Kent Resilience Unit comprises of multiple Army units including personnel from 36 Engineer Regiment based in Maidstone.


22nd December 2020

Romney Marsh Community Support Hub opening and closure times for the festive period.

 The hub will be open and closed on the following dates:

When open call the Hub on 01797 208 590

Thursday 24th December 2020   OPEN            9am until 1pm

Friday 25th December 2020       CLOSED

Saturday 26th December 2020   CLOSED

Sunday 27th December 2020     CLOSED

Monday 28th December 2020    OPEN            9am until 1pm

Tuesday 29th December 2020    OPEN            9am until 1pm

Wed       30th December 2020    OPEN            9am until 1pm

Thurs     31st December 2020    OPEN            9am until 1pm

Friday    1st January 2021          CLOSED

If you need assistance when the Hub is closed please contact the Kent Together helpline  by calling 03000 41 92 92 (24 hr service) or visit


 21st December 2020

We are now in Tier 4. 

To see what this means for you see the details on our News page. 

 18th December 2020

Once again, cases of Covid-19 are rising in the New Romney area, and we must all play our part in trying to stop it spreading. Last week in New Romney, there were 29 confirmed cases which equates to 392.8 cases per 100,00 people - well above the national average (source:
). It's vitally important that we all follow the Tier 3 rules
, to try to halt the spread, and also to protect our hospitals from getting overwhelmed. Remember


Together we can work to beat the pandemic! 



15th December 2020

Tier 3 Business Restrictions - LSRG and ARG grants

Many businesses that have received a Local Restrictions Support Grant for the national lockdown  period (from 4th Nov to 2nd Dec) will no longer be eligible for this grant during the Tier 3 restrictions period because they are not legally required to close.  Those that are eligible for LRSG payments during Tier 3 will be contacted directly by the Business Rates Team on and around the 16 December and payments will be automatically made.

If your business is NOT legally required to close during Tier 3 restrictions, you may be eligible for a Folkestone & Hythe Additional Restrictions Grant for this period. The closing date for this scheme is 8 January 2021. If your business is not required to close during the Tier 3 period, but income has nevertheless been impacted by at least 25% and you have fixed business costs, I would urge you to make an application for an Additional Restrictions Grant as soon as possible. Please see the link below.

Please note – if you have already submitted an ARG application and have been notified of being unsuccessful due to being eligible for an LSRG grant in the national lockdown period, you will need to resubmit an ARG application for the Tier 3 period.


15th December 2020

Beware of Covid-19 vaccination scams

With the start of the roll out of vaccines for Covid 19, we are aware that this will present opportunities for fraudsters to commit fraud by contacting people by telephone, text, email and cold calling to offer the vaccine in return for a fee. If you do receive any contact of this nature it is a scam. People who receive the vaccine will not be required to pay for this or supply personal data/banking details or PIN numbers.

Beware of possible phone calls to book non-existent vaccine appointments, where you are asked to confirm a booking by pressing a number on their phone which results in you being billed by their provider, with a high value call.
As always, remember never click on any links requesting personal data/banking details.
Please report suspicious instances to Action Fraud. If you feel you may have fallen victim to this type of scam already, then please contact your Bank and report to Police by calling 101.
Remember our ABC message and Never Assume or Believe and always Confirm by calling the appropriate organisation on a trusted number using a different telephone that you were called on.

18th November 2020

Help for local businesses during lockdown.

Folkestone & Hythe Local Restrictions Support Grants (LSRSGs)– grants are available to businesses located in business rated premises that are legally required to close during the lockdown period.  Eligible businesses should receive a letter or email from the Business Rates team in the next few days. Please click on the following link to find more information about this scheme and the application process.

Folkestone & Hythe Additional Restrictions Grant (ARGs) – grants are available to businesses that have been significantly affected by the current national lockdown period and have incurred fixed business costs. Please click on the following link for more information on the eligibility criteria for the scheme and the application process



10th November 2020
Hub support for vulnerable residents continues. 

Three community hubs set up across the Folkestone & Hythe district to support vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic remain operational and ready to help those in need. 


The hubs - funded by Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) - were set up in March to support residents through the first lockdown. With the help of volunteers, they will ensure community help is delivered to those who need it most this time around too.


The hubs are operated by key partners across the district:

◼? Three Hills Sports Centre in Folkestone

◼? Age UK Hythe and Lyminge in Hythe

◼? Romney Marsh Day Centre on Romney Marsh

They identify community need, respond with advice, signpost to services and task friendly volunteers. These hubs provide vital support to local people - including those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) - who are self-isolating.

 The District Council has set up a dedicated community hub page at Here you can sign up to be a community hub volunteer and also request assistance from the community hub you are without a local support network.

Your local hubs cannot be visited but can be contacted on:

◼? Hythe Community Support Hub - run by Age UK Hythe and Lyminge

Contact them on: or 01303 269602

Open Monday - Friday: 9am - 3.45pm (meals on wheels service is provided at weekends)

◼? Folkestone Community Support Hub - run by Three Hills Sports Centre

Contact them on: or 01303 316186

Open Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm

◼? Romney Marsh Community Support Hub - run by Romney Marsh Day Centre

Contact them on: or 01797 208590

Open Monday - Friday: 9am - 1pm

The District Council has set up a helpline 01303 761116 (open from 9am to 5pm every day) and an email for COVID-19 queries.

Residents and businesses can find out about help and assistance available to them both locally and get signposted to national support. Residents can also feedback helpful information or concerns about their community or individuals.

For the latest on COVID-19 related matters locally please visit

To reach F&HDC about non-COVID-19 issues go online at or call 01303 853000 as usual. The council's Civic Centre is closed to visitors.




From today, coronavirus national restrictions are in force in England.

Click below for all you need to know.



KCC Leader says children will not go hungry during half term.

The Leader of KCC says Kent’s most vulnerable families and children should not suffer hardship or hunger throughout this half term week, or at any time in their lives.

He says that help for anyone struggling to provide for their children is available, and that the need to ensure children from low-income families are fed through the school holidays has never been greater.

The authority supports thousands of children across Kent and further help is available through the Emergency Assistance Grant for those who need extra support.

Through the Kent Together Helpline, set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak and working in partnership with District and Borough Councils, thousands of vulnerable people in Kent have already been supported and protected from hardship and isolation during the crisis.

“We and our partners have been working to provide emergency assistance to families most at risk,” said Roger Gough.

“I want to reassure anyone that needs financial assistance that this support is there and has always been there. And now, during this half term break, I want to ensure that those who need help and support are really able to get it.

“Whilst the last few months have presented many challenges, the Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on the strength of partnerships and community spirit, and this has helped us all in supporting those who are most vulnerable in our communities.

“I strongly encourage anyone who needs help, whether during this half-term or indeed at any time, to contact us for help.”

If your child is eligible for free school meals and you are in need of financial assistance this half term you can get in touch by visiting

You can also call the helpline on 03000 41 92 92



Support for those isolating and loosing income.

Folkestone and Hythe District Council has just launched its Test and Trace Payment Scheme online application. This is a Government scheme to support people on low incomes who are unable to work from home if they are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and will lose income as a result.

Each successful applicant will receive a £500 payment.

The scheme will run from 28 September 2020 to 31 January 2021.

Eligibility for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment is restricted to people who:

· have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive;

· are employed or self-employed;

· are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and

· are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

The council has also introduced a discretionary scheme designed to support residents that do not meet all of the criteria for the standard scheme.

Further details can be found online:



Become a COVID-19 Community Champion

A Covid-19 Community Champions Programme has been launched across Kent and Medway. Anyone can become a champion, and there is no set time commitment for those that do sign up. Ideally they are looking to recruit residents who are trusted in their communities and have the opportunity to relay the key COVID messages, as they become relevant. Current messages include symptom awareness and advise on how we can all stop the spread. But as time progresses it will extend to other relevant calls to action, like encouraging people to download the NHS app which has just been released. Further details are set out in the FAQ's


FHDC Back in Business Issue 2 

Folkestone and Hythe District Council have released their second issue of their Back in Business newsletter which details information on current guidelines on COVID-19 safety.

If your business is within a sector that needs to display a QR code poster in support of the NHS test and trace app and you haven’t yet downloaded a code for your business, a link is included within the newsletter. Please note this is a mandatory requirement for specific businesses that comes into effect from tomorrow 24th September 2020.

If you are unsure whether your business is included on the list to display a QR code, more information can be found on the government website



 Changes to shielding guidance for vulnerable people.

 Government guidance on shielding has now been paused. This means big changes to the daily life for many people in Kent previously told to stay indoors to protect themselves from the virus. 

You can now take a walk, see family and go shopping remembering to stay safe and wear facemasks when in shops. 

The government has advised that you can go out to more places and see more people:


  • you can go to work as long as the workplace is COVID-secure - but carry on working from home if you can
  • children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can go back to school (when the rest of their class goes back)
  • you can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise -   keeping 2 meters away wherever possible.
See the government website for up to date guidance and support.

End of free food parcels for shielded people

 The new advice from government also means that free food parcels offered to shielded people will stop from August 1st. 

The Kent Resilience Forum has issued the following advise for anyone who is worried about these changes; 


  • priority slots for online shopping are still available at all participating supermarkets. If you are able to register for these deliveries do this as soon as you can
  • if you cannot shop online contact family, friends and neighbourhood schemes to tell them that you still may need help to get food or to collect prescriptions. 
  • If you still need support you can access this through the Kent Together helpline at or on 03000 41 92 92.

Stay Safe

You may still be at risk of severe illness if you catch Coronavirus, so stay at home as much as you can and continue to take precautions when you do go out.

You can do this by washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and keeping 2 meters away from people outside of your household -or bubble -wherever possible.

Play your part to protect Kent and Medway 

It has never been more important than now for everyone in Kent and Medway to take the necessary step to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The Protect Medway and Kent campaign sets out how we can all help local authorities, health and social care teams to deal with potential outbreaks. 





For latest information regarding several new frauds, in Kent, that may be targeting you and your family during the Coronavirus pandemic please see the information on our News page of this website.   


 Further to our announcement yesterday we are pleased to let you know that the playground on The Greens, Littlestone is now OPEN! Our staff have worked hard to make it a safe place to be. 

Firstly, we would like to say a massive thank you to the majority of people who have respected the closures. We completely understand how frustrating the wait has been but public safety will always be our number one priority. 
The play equipment will be cleaned regularly. We have also had to remove some facilities, and limit numbers on others, to ensure social distancing can be followed more easily.
We've put up signage to advise you. You can do your bit to reduce the risk of further COVID-19 peaks.
Please adhere to the guidelines - they are simple to follow and will ensure that everyone can have fun while staying safe. 
The Outdoor Gym area on The Greens will open on Saturday 11.07.20 in the morning.




COVID-19 Risk Assessments have now been completed. Click to view:

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Report Town Hall - June 2020 

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Report Fairfield Road Recreation Ground - June 2020

Covid-19 Risk assessment Report The Greens Outdoor Gym - June 2020 

Covid 19 Risk Assessment Report The Greens Play Area - June 2020 




We are pleased to announce  that the recreation area in Fairfield Road is now OPEN! Our staff have worked hard to make it a safe place to be. 

Firstly, we would like to say a massive thank you to the majority of people who have respected the closures. We completely understand how frustrating the wait has been but public safety will always be our number one priority. 

The play equipment will be cleaned regularly. We have also had to remove some facilities, and limit numbers on others, to ensure social distancing can be followed more easily.

We've put up signage to advise you. You can do your bit to reduce the risk of further COVID-19 peaks.

Please adhere to the guidelines - they are simple to follow and will ensure that everyone can have fun while staying safe. 

We are hoping that the recreation area on The Greens will also be open very soon - keep checking our Facebook page, and website for latest updates.



We appreciate the effect that Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown has had on many of our Veterans, and various organisations have come together to offer local support. For more information click HERE


Kent Police have issued the following message to the public, in anticipation of the re-opening of bars, pubs and restaurants on 4th July... 


Public urged to be responsible as pubs reopen in Kent

 Kent Police is urging the public to take a sensible and responsible approach when bars, pubs and restaurants reopen on the 4 July. 

It is understandable that people will want to visit their local pub or bar to catch up with friends and family after such a long period of lockdown. However, it is important to remember that Coronavirus is still a serious risk to health and certain restrictions remain in place to keep the public safe. 

Officers want people to have a good time and enjoy themselves, but they must drink responsibly, follow the guidance set out and maintain a safe environment for everyone. 

Although restrictions are being lifted people need to follow the Government’s guidance to mitigate the transmission of the virus, including social distancing, increased hygiene measures and following the instructions of staff.


As venues open their doors again some people will see this as an opportunity to drink to excess and become vulnerable to harm or indeed cause harm to others. This will not be tolerated, officers are committed to protecting the public, tackling antisocial behaviour and reducing incidents of crime and violence. 

Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix said: ‘Of course we want people to have fun, but they must remain responsible, sensible and mindful of restrictions still in place. 

‘Over recent weeks we have been working with local pubs, bars and restaurants to ensure we are all well prepared to maximise safety and cut crime. 

‘Across the county we will be taking any incidents of anti-social and criminal behaviour very seriously and perpetrators will be dealt with swiftly. 

‘I want to remind everyone who is planning to visit a pub, bar or restaurant on Saturday to know their limit, don’t put yourself or others at risk, plan your day and consider how you will get home safely.’



Preparations for re-opening of New Romney Town Council outdoor play and leisure facilities to the public.

To see what preparations are taking place, and the arrangements for opening the play and leisure facilities, please click HERE 


 No place for unlicensed music events in Kent


With festivals, nightclubs and concerts still either closed or banned due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Kent Police is warning people not to break the law by holding their own unlicensed music events this summer. For further information click HERE 




For information on preparations for re-opening the New Romney Town Hall to the public please click HERE  



 Reopening our High Streets safely - Business Toolkit


To support the re-opening of our High Streets Folkestone and Hythe District Council have developed a business toolkit. 

This Toolkit provides important information on how businesses can open safely. This details local measures the council has taken and signposts relevant government guidelines. This also includes other useful information, for example the risk assessment form the Health and Safety Executive are advising all businesses to complete if they have not yet done so. F&HDC recognise how important it is to our economy to demonstrate our high streets are a safe place for shoppers and they want to help build their confidence to return to our high streets. They have taken the opportunity to include a series of posters in the toolkit for local businesses to download, print and display. These include a series of messages to encourage people to stick to social distancing guidance and welcome them back to our high streets.

Click HERE to view the Toolkit. 



For current information on how the coronavirus is affecting Kent County Council services, across the county, including schools and other educational settings please click HERE


 What you need to know about NHS Test and Trace

For information about how Test and Trace works, and potential scammers of this system, please click HERE.



Folkestone and Hythe COVID Discretionary Business Grant Scheme 

We have received the following communication to local Business Owners from Folkestone and Hythe District Council: 

Further to the launch of our Discretionary Small Business Grant Scheme, we have now widened the scheme to include those that have already received a grant from the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and more types of businesses are now eligible for funding. Those eligible to apply for a grant now include:

• Businesses in shared workspaces (such as in business centres and business incubators) that would have received a Small Business Grant or Retail Hospitality & Leisure Grant if they were individual business rate payers.
• Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates.
• Holiday lets where the owner is a resident of the Folkestone and Hythe district. Where an owner has more than one property a maximum of one grant is payable per resident.
• Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment and have a business address in the district.
• Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.
• Creative businesses* based in residential or business premises with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000.
• Retail, Leisure and Hospitality businesses that are ineligible for the SBG and RHLGF grant schemes because they were not included in the business rates register on 11 March 2020 and garages and MOT repair workshops are included in this sector. This includes businesses in this sector which are home-based, that pay council tax rather than business rates.
The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 22 June 2020.
Further details about the scheme, including the supporting evidence required alongside an application, can be found at





A message from Kent County Council ...
We continue to face a huge challenge from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact on our lives and work. We are committed to ensuring we continue to deliver services - though we recognise that, in these challenging times, some of these will be affected as we follow government advice.

There's lots of information on our website including:



A mental health and wellbeing online platform for young people has been extended for all young people across Kent.
As part of the Headstart Kent Programme, the Kooth digital mental health support service has already given one in five young people, aged 10 to16, easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors.
The service is free and can be accessed at It’s a place to get advice, information and support 24/7. You can chat to a friendly qualified counsellor Monday to Friday between 12pm and 10pm and Saturday and Sunday between 6pm and 10pm. To view further information see our Kent Wellbeing poster.

New Romney Counselling Service are still operating, and available for your needs..
They are offering Telephone and Zoom Counselling for anyone suffering from any form of distress, who would like a listening ear. Call 01797 367809 for further details.
They are also running a Crowdfunding page, aiming to raise £5,000 so that they can keep up with the demand for their service, during this pandemic.…/backers…

Vulnerable people in Kent who need URGENT help, supplies or medication are also reminded of the helpline – called Kent Together – which provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in URGENT need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.
If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24-hour service. #KentTogether

Are you feeling anxious and full of uncertainty?
This anxiety is natural, and we are all feeling it. Fortunately, there are things that we can do to protect our mental health and to support the wellbeing of our friends and family. Kent County Council have launched a new Mental Wellbeing Support Info Hub. At you can find information, advice and signposting to other great sites which can help, whatever your situation and need. #kenttogether.

Support for the local Business Community
The Government has introduced key initiatives to run alongside existing schemes, to support business during this challenging time. These include:

  • Coronavirus business Bounce Back Loan scheme
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers
  • Coronavirus Small Business Grant & Retail Hospitality & Leisure Grant Scheme
  • Independent Retail & Hospitality Business Support Programme
  • Local Telephone Help Line for Folkestone & Hythe businesses
  • Folkestone & Hythe High Street Fund
To view further details and links, please see our business community leaflet.

'Anxiety is a natural reaction to COVID19. We’ve had our everyday lives transformed overnight and are unsure of what might come. All-present news about the pandemic can be overwhelming and contribute to feelings of restlessness or unreality. However when this pandemic has passed, just like previous ones, we will respond with the same sense of relief, a revived appreciation of one another, for the outdoors and life’s other simple pleasures. These will be just some of the benefits. In the interim time, it’s right to be gentle with ourselves and open up about what’s happening to us.' (Lauretta Kavanagh, Mental Health Programme Director for the NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group).


A new text service has been launched across Kent and Medway for people of all ages needing mental health support.
As part of the Release the Pressure campaign, the texts are free on all major mobile networks and the service is provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line.
By texting the word “Kent” or “Medway” to 85258, you will start a conversation with one of the many trained and experienced volunteers who can give support at any time, wherever you are. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Please share this around.

Southern Water have issued information on Extra Support for Customers during COVID 19. Please see Southern Water's Facebook page also, for ideas, regular updates and support.

South East Kent Police have advised us that one of the latest scams that they have been made aware of in the last few days is one regarding phone calls from an alleged Government Dept. offering facemasks and other PPE equipment. Obviously this is a scam as they will ask for your Bank details so please do not engage with these calls at all …….they are fake.

The Folkestone Haven. Are you an adult resident of Folkestone and Hythe District experiencing a mental health crisis? We're here. Call us for free on 0808 1963569. You can also email us at or message us via Facebook @HestiaFolkestoneHaven, and we will arrange for a Recovery Worker to get in touch. Call us any weekday evening 6pm - 11pm or at weekends and bank holidays 12pm - 11pm. We're here to listen to you and support you around your mental health and wellbeing. 

Whoever you are, social Isolation is not an excuse for domestic abuse. Leaflet on abuse help and support information.

For Police guidance on What Constitutes a Reasonable Excuse to Leave the Place Where You Live, during Covid 19 restrictions.

Press Release from the Chief Constable of Kent Police.

The HRMC online portal for furloughing workers was opened this morning and Folkestone and Hythe District Council have provided relevant links to the information required for registration and to the portal itself on their website. They have also provided other relevant information on recent government announcements for business and please see below the link for eligible businesses to register details to receive the business support grants that are being administered by Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers - this explains the information that employers need to provide when registering their furloughed workers on the HMRC online portal.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - The HRMC portal is now live and can be accessed via this link 

Financial support for innovative firms hit by coronavirus - the government has announced a £1.25 billion government support package to support these businesses.

Coronavirus Business Grant Scheme for businesses in Folkestone & Hythe District– for eligible businesses in Folkestone & Hythe District that have not yet provided details to receive this grant, please provide these using the electronic form.

For further details on all of the items mentioned above and more information that you might be interested in, please see website

Folkestone and Hythe District Council have advised that, in line with new national guidance they have reopened all their cemeteries and memorial grounds, and thank everyone for their understanding during the closures. If you do visit please #keepyourdistance and stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household. 

For information on the Increase to Working Tax Credits please see the central government website.

For clear guidance on how to deal with the current Coronavirus situation, please see this Government leaflet.

The Government have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These are free to use.

This is a children's book, written by a nurse, about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear. With everything that is going on at the moment; big changes to children’s routines and lots of stories on the news it can be a really scary time for children. This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner. It's free to download from the Nurse Dotty Books Website.

Do you need help with your shopping? Please see information from Romney Marsh Community Hub with how they can help: You can order pre-packed emergency shopping baskets by calling 01797 208590. Terms and Conditions: Minimum order £16. Suggested Donation for Delivery £5. Payment to be made over the phone by debit card. See our packs below:

1x Bread white or brown, 1x Milk 2lt, 1x Spread/butter (500gm), 1x Tea Bags (80pk), 1x Coffee (200gm Jar), 1x Sugar (Granulated 1KG Bag), 6x Eggs, 1x Cereal (500gm), 1x Cheddar Cheese (Grated 1kg), 1x Jam (340gm Jar Rasp or Straw) 

1x Baked Beans (415gm), 1x Tinned Tuna (185gm in Brine), 1x Tinned Ham (454gm), 1x Digestive Biscuits (300gm), 1x Biscuits for cheese (900gm), 1x Rice (Easy Cook Long Grain 500gm), 1x Pasta Shapes (500gm), 2x Soup (Chicken/Tomato), 6x Fruit Pots, 1x Tin Madarines, 1x Tin Peaches

1x Washing up liquid (900ml), 10x Disposable Cloths (All Purpose), 1x Toilet Cleaner (Essup 1ltr), 1x Surface Cleaner (Essup 750ml), 4x Toilet Rolls, 1x Tissues (box), 1x Hand Wash (500ml)

4) BAKING PACK Can be ordered with one of the other packs
1x Self Raising Flour (1kg Bag), 2x Margarine (250gm), 1x Castor Sugar (1kg Bag), 1 Mixed Dry Fruit (500gm), 6x Eggs. 

1x Bio or Non-Bio Laundry Powder (3kg)

These additional items can be ordered with any of the packs listed above: 2 ltrs milk, 6 eggs, loaf of bread 

A handy, relevant and informative advice leaflet, for Individuals on Coronavirus Scammers and Fraudsters, from Victim Support.
A handy, relevant and informative advice leaflet, for Community Groups, on Coronavirus Scammers and Fraudsters, from Victim Support.

Folkestone and Hythe District Council have today advised us that, following the issue of guidance from the ICCM (Institute of Cemeteries and Crematorium Management) they have taken the decision to close their cemeteries to the public with immediate effect. Processes will be put in place to allow access for funerals following the guidance issued. 

For the latest Media release from Kent County Council regarding their 'Kent Together Helpline' please see the Kent Together Press Release.

See the latest letter to all Kent residents from Kent County Council Trading Standards, regarding Scams Advice During Coronavirus Outbreak.

A Government sponsored Coronavirus fact sheet for children is now available.
Information for children to help them understand what Coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to help stop the virus spreading is available on the Campaign Resource Centre Website. This was developed by the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust. They have also made an animation to go with it. 

We have received the following information from the National Government Association:
A new GOV.UK WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Service has now been launched. The purpose of this product is to combat the spread of misinformation propagated through WhatsApp on an Official Government channel. To use the service, members of the public simply add +44 7860 064422 to their contacts and send a WhatsApp message saying “Hi”.

Follow this link for some useful Government guidance and resources on supporting children and young people's mental health and well-being.​

Running a Business in Kent? Don't forget that Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce can offer support and advice, especially at this difficult time. Their Business Support Hotline is 03333 602300

Now that the Chancellor has announced the new Income Support Scheme for the self-employed, it is highly likely that a new wave of scam emails, calls and text messages claiming to be from HMRC will start to circulate. They will no doubt be offering financial help in exchange for you bank details etc. and probably contain a link where an email or text is concerned. The messages will be scams – do not respond, delete immediately. HMRC do not contact people out of the blue asking for these details.

Please see the following letter from KCC regarding Free School Meals:

Dear parents,
We have been made aware that some parents in the County have been approached via text and/or e-mail in relation to Free School Meal arrangements in light of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). We understand parents have been asked to provide their bank details and personal information about children who are eligible, including names and dates of birth, with a promise that money will be sent to them directly.

This information is not accurate.

Further information will be available from government later in the week which will confirm it is the school who will be managing the voucher system in consultation with a government’s identified provider. Therefore, please do not respond to any messages you receive unless they come directly from the school. Can we also take this time to remind you to be aware of anyone who contacts you either directly or via social media offering services for your family in these difficult times. Unless you can trust them, you should not be sharing personal information related to you or your family as it may not be used in the manner you would have hoped.


At this time of crisis there is lots of help and support coming from the community and organisations around us. However, unfortunately there is a sharp increase in scams too, with new ones emerging every day.In times of crisis when fear of the unknown is heightened, people – particularly the vulnerable, become more susceptible to trickery. Unfortunately, there are plenty of malicious individuals out there who are willing to leverage the situation in order to make a quick buck. We will continue to endeavor to update you on these, as they are brought to our attention, from reputable sources. Forewarned is forarmed!

*Scam Alert*
The government are relying on emails and text messages as communication channels and we are already seeing scams circulating which have untrustworthy links in them. Many have seen text messages which look like they come from GOV.UK and suggest that some kind of financial support package is available. They require your bank details and provide a link for you to click on. These texts are scams and should be deleted immediately. Remember, if the link does not end in “” or “”, it is not legitimate.The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are taking down a lot of these malicious websites as soon as they become aware of them. If you are sent a suspicious email or text, please report it via the Netcraft website. Be vigilant, stay safe.

 Government guidance for access to green spaces:

The government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home. However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day. Please use the following guidance in order to stay safe:

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
  • if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
Please see the latest government guidance on social distancing. Please be aware that if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) or at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, then you must stay at home. See the latest guidance from Public Health England


Government advice on how to help safely.

Support for Folkestone & Hythe business community - latest update from Folkestone and Hythe District Council​

"We have been updating our website with further information and links following recent announcements from Folkestone & Hythe District Council and the Government over the last day or so. This includes:

  • Local Telephone Help Line - the council has also part-funded a dedicated business support telephone helpline which will be run through KICC. The helpline is now open today - Wednesday 25th March. The number is 0333 3602300 and will be open 8:30am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday
  • Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) updated 24th March, which includes information on what you need to know following the Prime Ministers announcement on 23rd March
  • Small Business Grant Fund & Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (Version 2) – updated guidance 25th March. Sets out updated details and eligibility criteria for the SBGF and RHLGF and informs local authorities about the operation and delivery of the 2 funding schemes.
  • Expanded retail business rate discount - guidance on the operation of expanded retail discount 2020 to 2021 coronavirus response
  • Nursery schools business rate holiday - nurseries in England do not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year.
  • Business VAT Deferral - support for businesses by deferring Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments for 3 months
  • Business extension period to file accounts during COVID-19 - businesses are being given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19
  • Nursery (childcare) business rate discount 2020 to 2021 – local authority guidance on coronavirus response
  • Summary of support for the self employed
  • Folkestone & Hythe High Street Fund – launched in Oct 2019, this District Council grant scheme supports improvements and encourages new and innovative ideas to help our high streets adapt and thrive in the future. The fund is still open for applications. However, applications will not be reviewed until September and the Economic Development team will not be able to offer support in developing project ideas during this time. All approved projects will continue to be processed.

Please see the website for more information and links for the above "

COVID-19 Please Note:
In line with Government directives, the following New Romney Town Council areas are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC:
Outdoor Gym at The Greens Littlestone
Children’s Playground at The Greens, Littlestone
Fairfield Road Recreation Ground, New Romney
All access gates have been padlocked and clear signage is in place, so please ensure that your children and teenagers DO NOT ENTER THESE AREAS
Families may take a single walk, run or cycle alone or as a family unit each day but MUST keep away from all others. They may NOT use outdoor playgrounds or outdoor gyms. Please heed Government instructions: Stay Home, Save Lives!

19 March 2020
Events due to have been held on land owned by New Romney Town Council up to and including 31 July 2020 have been cancelled.
These cancellations are a necessary measure in line with the government advice to try and limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The decision will be reviewed in June for events in August onwards.
Cllr Paul Thomas, Chairman of New Romney Town Council, said: “This decision is very regrettable but the welfare of local residents is our top priority. We are all in this together and we must do what we can to curb the spread of this virus.
“There may be events planned in New Romney on land not owned by the Town Council. If so, I would strongly urge organisers to consider the government advice about social distancing and give very careful thought as to whether their event should go ahead.”
Current government advice recommends social distancing and encourages those who can work from home to do so.
For more information about COVID-19 and local support please visit the District Council information page:
For more information, please email

 The four reasons you ARE allowed to leave the home: 
Shopping for food or medicine
Exercise for yourself or pets alone or with members of your household only
Medical appointments or as a carer visiting a vulnerable person. 
Travel to and from work for essential workers only. 

And what new restrictions mean:
All non-essential shops closed
No gatherings of more than 2 people except for households
Places of worship closed except for funerals
Police given emergency powers to arrest or fine anyone who doesn't comply

We have been advised by Folkestone and District Council that their Wednesday morning Surgery (One Stop Shop), in New Romney Town Hall, has been cancelled until further notice. Their Contact Centre will continue to open as usual and they have email and web chat facility. 01303 853569

Updated information regarding business support, from Folkestone and Hythe District Council.
"Further to the Governments announcements last Friday, we have further updated our website with information and links, and I have summarised key points below.

  • For UK workers of any employer placed on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the government will pay up to 80% of a worker’s wages, up to a total of £2,500 per worker each month. These will be backdated to 1st March, will be initially open for 3 months and may be extended if necessary.
  • VAT payments due between now and the end of June will be deferred. No VAT registered business will have to make a VAT payment normally due with their VAT return to HMRC in that period. Income tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self Assessment system will be deferred to January 2021
  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, launched at Budget, will now be interest free for twelve months.
  • A £10,000 grant payment for businesses in properties in receipt of rural rate relief or small business rates relief on 11th March, including those in receipt of tapered relief, will be eligible for.
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure properties qualifying for retail discount on 11th March will be entitled to either, £10,000 where the RV is £15,000 or less or £25,000 where the RV is greater than £15,000 and less than £51,000.
  • All grant payments will be made directly to businesses by the local authorities and no business needs to apply for these grants. The Government is aiming to make this funding available to local authorities for payment in early April.
For any further information and updates, please see "

In line with current Government guidelines the Town Hall is now CLOSED to the public until further notice. To contact New Romney Town Council please call 01797 363 248 Or email


Communication from Folkestone and Hythe District Council; regarding Coronavirus: Business Support Measures...

"The Government has made a series of announcements in the Budget last week and over the last few days on measures to support businesses during this difficult time. We are regularly updating information about these on our website, including:

  • Details on how to access the hardship funds and loans, as this emerges
  • Other information that might find useful, including sector specific announcements
  • Links to government and other business association websites.
Please click on the link below to a summary of the most recent announcements, including today’s announcement on the British Bank’s website that applications for the Government-backed loan scheme for businesses will be available from 23 March 2020.
In view of the particular difficulties facing the retail and hospitality sector, the council has introduced a new Folkestone & Hythe District Council Retail & Hospitality Business Support Programme for independent businesses across the district. Click below to find out more detail about this scheme and how it can be accessed support.

We understand the difficulties that business is facing at this difficult time. However, if you have any specific coronavirus-related issues that feel it is important to share, then we are keen to hear from you. The Council is constantly looking at ways to support our business community through this difficult period and we can also pass on any intelligence directly to the Government through our own channels. Please send any emails to


Scammers and criminals are already looking for opportunities to scam people as a result of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. Happily, there are many more stories of kindness and generosity but we want to make people aware of the scams as they emerge – which they seem to be on a daily basis.
We have been made aware, by Kent Police, of two scams that are being carried out in the area, relating to the Coronavirus, where unsolicited callers have tried to gain entry to people's homes. In one, the people are saying that they can test for the Covid 19 virus, and in another, they are offering to take people's temperature. If you get any unexpected callers to your door in such circumstances, please do not allow them entry, and do not allow them to take any money or details from you. The Health service will not cold call like this. Additionally, call Police on 101 to let them know your concerns. If the scammers will not leave , call 999. Please make family and friends, in particular the elderly aware of these two types of scams.
Additionally we have heard of an elderly person who has lost money when he gave his bank card to a person who had offered to do shopping for him. The advice is, as always, don’t ever give your bank or card details to anyone, even if you think you know them very well. You could either agree to pay in cash after they have delivered the shopping or pay them online if you have the facility to do so. Or maybe you could agree another method of payment - but never give your bank or card details. 


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