The roadmap out of lockdown – step four
As of 19 July, England moved into step four of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
This final phase brings an end to most of the legal restrictions that we have been living with during the pandemic, such as social distancing, mandatory wearing of face coverings, and a limit on the number of people that can meet up.
However, with cases continuing to rise and the risk of new variants of the virus, we should all continue to take precautions to protect ourselves and our friends and family.
The best way to do this is to get vaccinated. Having both doses of the vaccine will mean you are less likely to need hospital treatment if you do catch Covid-19. You can book a free vaccination online through the NHS website or walk-in without an appointment at one of many vaccination centres in Barking and Dagenham.
What has changed?
Although most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, we must all continue to be cautious and take steps to limit the spread of the virus.
While masking wearing may no longer be legally mandatory, Transport for London has reminded passengers that they must continue to wear face coverings while using any of London’s transport and some supermarkets have already said they will encourage shoppers to continue using them.
The move to step four means nightclubs can reopen and hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars no longer have to provide a table service.
And with an end to social distancing rules, entertainment venues such as theatres will be back open, and music concerts, and sporting events will also be able to take place again with no legal restrictions on capacity imposed on venues.
There will also no longer be any legal limit on the number of attendees at weddings or funerals.
For more information on the final step in the roadmap, visit the GOV.UK website.
COVID-19 hasn’t gone away – get tested
Although most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted with the move to step four, it is still possible to catch and spread coronavirus – even if you’ve been vaccinated.
This is why it is important we all take steps to keep ourselves and others safe.
By now, you should be taking two tests a week, even if you don’t have symptoms.
You can have coronavirus without even knowing about it, so it’s important to take regular quick lateral flow tests, which give you your results within a matter of minutes.
The tests can be done at home or in person at one of our walk-in centres in the borough. Find out more on our testing webpage.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, you should get tested and isolate as soon as possible to stop the spread.
Please remember that you must also continue to self-isolate if you’re told to do so by NHS Test and Trace to keep others safe.
Government restrictions mean some of our services will be impacted, or delivered in a different way. Keep up to date via our service closures and disruption page.
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone aged 16 or over.
For more information visit our vaccinations page.
Information booklet for residents (June 2021)
Take a look at our information booklet which gives you important COVID health advice, and information about the support we can give you during this tough time. We also tell you about the things we can do in the borough as we slowly get back to normal, including our Summer of Festivals events programme.
Information booklet for residents (PDF, 885KB)
Guidance on our public buildings
Whilst not mandatory like some supermarkets, we are recommending the use of face coverings and continued hand sanitising in all of our public buildings and events.
We are also asking our staff to wear masks, social distance, hand sanitise and participate in weekly lateral flow testing.
The Register Office, Woodlands House
Whilst the law has changed and restrictions have been lifted, all visitors to the Register Office at Woodlands House who have appointments or are attending a ceremony (guests 11 years and above) are asked to wear a face covering where possible and for the duration of the time spent inside the building.
If you are exempt from wearing a face covering, please bring your exemption letter from the NHS or wear your lanyard.
All visitors will be asked to have their temperature taken and to sanitise their hands on entering.
This is for the protection of both staff and visitors and we thank you for your co-operation
Sign language videos with information about coronavirus are available on our sight and hearing loss page.
More information on our services
Information and advice
For further government advice and information on coronavirus, please visit the GOV.UK website.
Visit the NHS for information about the virus and advice on what to do.
Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
If you have any concerns, please call NHS 111.
Coronavirus guidance designed by the NHS for customers who have learning difficulties:
Easy Read coronavirus overview (PDF, 2MB)
COVID-19 Situation Report
Weekly Situation Report of the most recent 14 days.
Local Outbreak Control Plan for COVID-19
Local authorities are required to develop outbreak control plans that set out local response to COVID-19 outbreaks in different settings, including community clusters.
The plan, developed for London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, is set within the framework for joint working between Public Health England’s London Coronavirus Response Centre (LCRC) and the Director of Public Health and his team. It identifies The Director of Public Health as the single point of contact for the council and sets out the roles of LCRC and the council in different settings (schools, care homes, places of worship, hostels, workplaces). Due to technical issues, the hyperlinks will be uploaded on to the plan shortly.
The plan was presented at the 28 July 2020 Health and Wellbeing Board. Our plan will be continually developing and evolving based on learning and new guidance.
Local Outbreak Control Plan for COVID-19 (PDF, 724KB)
Updated 16 June 2021.