SBC Councillors Report July 2021

Published: 20 July 2021

The Government has now removed almost all public health regulations introduced to stop the spread of the Covid virus. However, we are acutely aware that infection rates are rising rapidly. The latest figure for Swale, at the time of writing, is 285 cases per 100,000 population. Although the local figure is just below the national average, new cases are predicted to reach 100,000 per day and more. The effect on the number of people requiring hospital treatment and the numbers who will suffer ‘long Covid’ remain to be seen.

Although there now no enforcement powers, many businesses will continue to ask people take sensible precautions. We urge everyone to follow these requests as they are in place to protect staff and customers.

The best strategy for protecting yourself and your loved ones remains not contracting Covid in the first place and taking reasonable precautions to avoid spreading the virus. The precautions we can take remain getting vaccinated, social distancing, wearing masks, frequent hand washing and testing yourself before going anywhere you will be in close contact with many people, especially indoors.

Vaccinations are a tool in the toolbox, but some sections of the population, especially the young, remain unvaccinated. Vaccination is no guarantee that you will not catch Covid and be infectious to other people. We all need to stay cautious, not just for ourselves but for each other, and remember whether vaccinated or not, many people remain extremely vulnerable to this virus.

Over the last eighteen months we have learnt to be cautious and look out for each other. One benefit of the lockdown is that many of us are now in contact with more of our neighbours and the sense of community has been enhanced. Keeping that community spirit going and remaining alert to the risks is the best way to ensure we don’t endure another lockdown.

Alastair Gould (AlastairGould@swale.gov.uk)

Tim Valentine (TimValentine@swale.gov.uk) 07752 191807

Swale Borough Councillors for Boughton & Courtenay.