Three-tier lockdown system.

The government’s new rules have created a three tier system with increasing restrictions depending on the designated alert level.

The “medium” alert level – which will cover most of the country – will consist of the current national measures, which came into force on 25 September.

The “high” alert level will reflect many current local interventions, but there will now be consistency across the country.

The “very high” alert level will apply where transmission rates are causing the greatest concern, based on an assessment of all the available data and the local situation.

Medway is currently medium risk

This means that there is no change to the current restrictions that we’re following. We must continue to follow the guidelines to keep ourselves, our friends and family and each other safe.

  • continue to follow the rule of 6 when seeing friends and family indoors or outside (it is illegal to see larger groups)
  • pubs, bars and restaurants must continue to close by 10pm
  • continue social distancing from anyone not in your household
  • wear face coverings in shops, shopping centres, public transport and when visiting council buildings
  • wash your hands regularly throughout the day (a thorough wash = 20 seconds)
  • if you have a coronavirus symptom (a new cough, high temperature or a loss of taste and smell), stay at home and book a test online or by phoning 119


Coronavirus has not gone away. By working together we can prevent more cases and keep Medway safe.

Our staff continue to go above and beyond to provide the best service and care possible to meet people’s needs even in these challenging times.