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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Government has confirmed new temporary and precautionary Covid measures after cases of the Omicron variant were found in the UK.

The restrictions come into effect on Tuesday 30 November.

The new restrictions are as follows: 

  1. Anyone arriving in the UK will be asked to take a PCR test for Covid-19 by the second day and must self-isolate until they provide a negative test.
  2. All contacts of people who do test positive with the suspected variant will have to self-isolate for 10 days. The Government confirmed that this applies to children.
  3. The rules on face coverings are changing. They will become compulsory on public transport and in shops from next week, but not including hospitality. Teachers and pupils in Year 7 and above are now being "strongly advised" to wear masks in communal areas outside classrooms in England.

Vaccination information

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.

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone aged 16 or over.

For more information visit our vaccinations page.

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away – get tested

As the government continues to ease the previous COVID-19 restrictions, we would like to remind you that 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.

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.

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, 2MB)

COVID-19 Situation Report

Weekly situation report containing the latest updates and Director of Public Health recommendations.

COVID-19 Situation Report Summary 23 November 2021 (PDF, 1MB)

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.

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