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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Two Covid-19 testing sites have opened in the borough to make it easier for our residents to get tested for coronavirus.

The testing sites are located at:

  • Mayesbrook Park Car Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham RM8 2JR (opposite Illchester Road)
  • Chadwell Heath Community Centre, High Road, Chadwell Heath RM6 6AS

and will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by making sure that residents with symptoms can easily get tested somewhere near their home. If they test positive, they can then self-isolate at home and help prevent the spread of the virus.

Currently, lab capacity is a national issue and this means that the number of tests that can be taken each day is limited. This means you should only book a test if you have symptoms (a temperature or a new, continuous cough, or loss of / change to your sense of taste or smell), so you’re not taking a test away from someone who really needs it.

If you have at least one of the symptoms it’s best to book a test by calling NHS 119 or visit the NHS coronavirus page.

You can walk in but our test sites have been extremely busy with slots gone by early morning, so booking is best - if you can’t get a slot straight away, please keep trying at different times as test slots get released in the morning and evening.

Please note you need to bring a smart phone with you so you can register when you arrive if you do walk in.

These are the first two of three testing sites coming to Barking and Dagenham. Details about the third testing site will be published in the next few weeks.

Find out more:

COVID-19 Testing sites FAQs


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

We understand that residents, local businesses and visitors to the borough may have concerns about coronavirus. We would like to reassure you that the government, council and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. The council also has support from many of its partners working in the borough.

We are monitoring the situation closely and working with Public Health England. We are taking all possible steps to keep you safe and ensure services continue to run smoothly.

Service closures and disruption

The vast majority of our services are being operated at the same level as normal, even though we have made significant changes to the way in which they are run. Most of our staff are working from home, but following national guidance, some of our staff are still working in the borough where their work cannot be done from home. These staff are doing their duties while following social distancing rules. 

Key changes that have been made to our services can be found on the link below. 

List of service closures and disruptions


Residents advice booklet

We recently sent a booklet to every household in the borough with advice on how to keep safe, Test and Trace, and how residents can report any businesses that aren’t playing by the rules. The booklet also provides details of mental health support that’s available and help that’s on hand if residents have money worries or need support finding a job.

COVID-19 Residents advice booklet (PDF, 2.2MB)

Volunteer or ask for help

Get practical help if you need it, or volunteer to help

Emergency food and supplies, picking up medication, or a friendly phone call. They can all be arranged through BD CAN, our new Citizens’ Alliance Network.

If you, or someone you know, need help please get in touch to let us know what help you need.

If you want to volunteer your time to help vulnerable people around your community, find out how to register your interest.

If you have been contacted by the NHS because you are at higher risk

If you have received a letter from the NHS, or are getting social care help (whether through the council or not), then you have a special number to contact to get practical help, food supplies or social support. Find out more about our Specialist support for extremely vulnerable people.

Test and Trace

Got a continuous cough or fever? Get tested!

Think you have coronavirus symptoms? If so, don’t hang around! Book yourself a test and find out if you have it to protect yourself and others around you.

All you need to do is call 119 or book a test online.

You can get a test:

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms
  • for yourself, if you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery

Find out more information:

NHS test to check if you have coronavirus now


Going back to school:
what parents need to know for September’s re-opening

Schools have been working hard to ensure they’re safe and parents are reminded that it is of great importance for children’s educational and social development that they return to school.

During lockdown and over the summer holidays, headteachers, the council’s Public Health Team, and governing bodies have been working hard to put in Covid-secure safety measures to guarantee staff and pupils are safe when they return. These include:

  • staggered break times and start/finish times for pupils
  • freely available hand sanitiser for all staff and pupils
  • enhanced cleaning of all surfaces throughout schools
  • one-way systems when walking through schools
  • strictly controlling who is allowed on site

If parents have any concerns about their child’s return, they’re advised to contact their child’s school. Schools will be working closely with the council’s Public Health Team and will be best able to give parents advice and information in line with the government’s coronavirus measures.


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)


Care homes

As part of the government’s response to COVID-19 every local authority has been asked to outline the support that has been provided and offered to Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered residential care settings. Information on our ongoing work in supporting our care homes can be found on the link below.

Coronavirus - Care home support


Support with jobs and money

We know that many people are facing financial hardship due to Covid-19. Find out what you could do to help you and your family with money and work, including advice for furlough, accessing skills and training courses and financial advice.

Support with jobs and money for you and your family



Emergency staff and frontline workers helping vulnerable people can now apply to park for free.

See changes to parking


Keeping safe from fire in your flat

Despite the difficult situation with coronavirus, we’re continuing to do everything we can to keep people who live in council buildings safe.

See guidance on keeping safe from fire


Parks and open spaces

For the latest information on changes to our park facilities and services, including opening times and social distancing, please check our updates page:

Latest changes to our park services and facilities


Advice for businesses

Please email businessforum@lbbd.gov.uk if you would like to be added to our Business Forum newsletter, which will include updates on the support available for businesses through the outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Support for businesses


Beware of scams

We've heard a number of coronavirus related scams are taking place around the country and in the borough. These range from online to over the phone and even face to face where people are acting as council officers.

Please double check everything you're doing with your personal details and money. If you're concerned about anything, please report to tradingstandards@lbbd.gov.uk

Please be aware, be alert, and think twice before parting with your money or personal details. If you’re approached unexpectedly, remember to: 

  • stop, take a moment to think before parting with your money or information that could keep you safe.
  • challenge, could it be fake? It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • avoid clicking on links or attachments in unexpected or suspicious texts or emails.
  • confirm requests are genuine by using a known number or email address to contact organisations directly
  • speak to your manager immediately if you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam while working.

If you have any questions or suspect foul play in the borough, get in touch with us.


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.

Easy Read

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

Easy Read coronavirus overview (PDF, 1.7MB)


See a business open that shouldn’t be?

Businesses that should be closed and how to report them.


Privacy notice for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Privacy notice

COVID-19 Situation Report

Weekly Situation Report of the most recent 14 days.

COVID-19 Situation Report 22 September 2020 (PDF, 1.4MB)

COVID-19 Situation Report Summary 22 September 2020 (PDF, 594KB)


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 21 August 2020.

COVID-19 Secure risk assessments for council services