National Lockdown

The big news since last week’s newsletter was the national lockdown announced by the Prime Minister on Saturday.

This means from today (Thursday 5 November), everyone must stay at home, and may leave only for a limited set of reasons.

  • These include:
  • For education
  • For work, if you cannot work from home
  • For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household
  • For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
  • To shop for food and essentials
  • To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.
  • View the lockdown restrictions in full.

View the lockdown restrictions in full.

For now, the COVID Alert Level system has been suspended until after the national lockdown ends.

Download the PHE national lockdown social media graphics and posters to share with your contacts.

Council services

During the national lockdown, our services will continue as normal, including waste and recycling and garden waste collections.

However, following Government advice, we have closed our Sevenoaks offices to the public.

Residents can still access our services by phone, post or online and arrange an appointment if there is a need to speak with one of our colleagues.

Call us on 01732 227000 or visit

Highlighting the impact of long Covid

The NHS is running a campaign to highlight the long-term effects of Coronavirus on younger adults.

The campaign includes a film featuring the stories of four people, one aged just 22, who are living with the long-term effects of the virus.

New data suggests ‘long COVID’ affects around 10% of 18 to 49 year olds who become unwell with COVID-19.

Latest local COVID-19 data

Up to 30 October 2020, the seven-day count of positive cases through laboratory testing in the Sevenoaks District was 122, up from 85 in the prior week.

This equates to rate of 101.0 per 100,000 population, up from the previous rate of 79.5.

The average rate for England is 225.8 cases per 100,000 population.

In total, the data tells us there are 175 active cases across our District, up from 117 from the last week, and that these relate predominantly to household clusters and cases in educational and care settings.

Lockdown help is only a click or a phone call away

The ‘Care for our Community – Sevenoaks District’ voluntary scheme, that supported residents in the first seven months of the pandemic, is getting ready to help out again as we enter a second lockdown.

Around 1,500 volunteers have signed up to the scheme helping those in need by collecting their shopping and prescriptions, having a friendly chat and more.

If you or someone you know needs help during lockdown, you can sign up at or by calling us on 01732 227000.

Go social for the very latest news

We update our social media feeds on a daily basis with the very latest on COVID-19.

We would encourage you to follow our accounts on Facebook and Twitter and share any posts with your contacts that you think may be useful.

Our Facebook handle is Sevenoaks District Council Official and our Twitter handle is @sdc_newsdesk.

And, if there’s anything you think we should share with our followers, don’t forget to include our social media handles in your posts

Concerns about Coronavirus compliance?

As ever, if you have concerns about people or businesses not following the COVID rules, drop us a line and we’ll see if we or one of our partners can help.

Call us on 01732 227000 or email