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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

National lockdown restrictions from Thursday 5 November

The government recently announced that the whole country will be in lockdown again until at least 2 December.

The new restrictions mean that from Thursday, we all need to stay at home as much as we can to protect ourselves and each other. They also mean:

  • you should only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or work - and you must work from home if you can
  • you must not meet socially indoors (including in a garden) with family or friends unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble
  • you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person. If you do this, you must stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with
  • you should avoid travel unless it’s essential
  • only essential shops will be open
  • schools, colleges and universities will be open

The lockdown restrictions mean some of our services will be impacted, or delivered in a different way. We have tried to minimise this as much as possible. More information can be found on our service closures and disruption page.

COVID-19 is still taking lives. It’s essential that we all follow the lockdown rules to help drive down the spread of COVID-19, save lives and protect our NHS. And please remember to keep washing your hands, wear a mask if you do need to go out unless you have an exemption, and keep a safe distance from others.

We know that 2020 has been a really tough year for everyone, and we’ve all made huge sacrifices over the last few months. Please keep following the rules - together we will get through this.

More information about the lockdown restrictions can be found on the government website.


Sign language videos with information about coronavirus are available on our sight and hearing loss page.

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Information and advice

For further government advice and information on coronavirus, please visit the GOV.UK website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Visit the NHS for information about the virus and advice on what to do.

Coronavirus information and latest advice

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.

Information for council tenants

Please see a letter from the government (May 2020) to social housing residents to explain the support they’ll provide for you and your family:

COVID-19 Letter to social housing residents (PDF, 288KB)

Easy Read

Coronavirus guidance designed by the NHS for customers who have learning difficulties:

Easy Read coronavirus overview (PDF, 2MB)

See a business open that shouldn’t be?

Businesses that should be closed and how to report them.

COVID-19 Situation Report

Weekly Situation Report of the most recent 14 days.

COVID-19 Situation Report Summary 24 November 2020 (PDF, 884KB)

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, 1.4MB)
Updated 14 October 2020.

COVID-19 Secure risk assessments for council services

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