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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The roadmap out of lockdown - next steps from 8 March 

The Prime Minister has set out four-step roadmap to slowly ease the country out of lockdown restrictions and provide a route back to a more normal way of life. 

This roadmap is set out on several conditions, including on the basis that the vaccine continues to successfully roll out, infection rates don’t rise and evidence shows vaccines are reducing the number of hospitalisations and deaths.

So, what is expected to change? 

From 8 March:

  • The Stay at Home requirement will remain, but people can leave home for recreation outdoors such as a coffee or picnic with their household or support bubble, or with one person outside their household
  • All children and students will return to face-to-face education in schools and college
  • Wraparound childcare and other supervised children’s activities can resume where they enable parents to work, seek work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group
  • Care home residents will be allowed one regular visitor provided they are tested and wear PPE
  • Some university students on practical courses will be able to return to face-to-face learning

As part of step one of the road-map, there will be further limited changes from 29 March, when most schools will break up for Easter.

For more information on all the steps set out, visit the government website

We all have a part to play to keep each other safe so in the meantime please continue to follow current government guidance, which is to stay at home except where necessary.

For now, you should only leave your house for the following reasons: 

  • to shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • to go to work if you cannot work from home, or provide voluntary or charitable services, only if you can’t do so from home
  • to exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person - this should be limited to once per day, and you shouldn’t travel outside your local area
  • to meet your support bubble or childcare bubble, where necessary
  • for medical assistance or to avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).
  • for education or childcare – only for those eligible (frontline/key workers)

Current restrictions also include the following:

  • all primary schools, secondary schools and colleges have moved to remote learning, except for the children of key workers and children with a social worker
  • early years settings such as nurseries, alternative provision and special schools remain open
  • all non-essential shops remain closed
  • essential shops and garden centres remain open
  • bars, pubs, cafes, and restaurants must stay closed, except for delivery and takeaway
  • the clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to leave home, except to go outdoors for exercise or attend health appointments
  • places of worship also remain open, but you can only visit with your household
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the numbers of attendees
  • playgrounds remain open but indoor and outdoor sports facilities including sports courts, gyms, golf courses and swimming pools are closed.

Barking and Dagenham has one of the highest rates of coronavirus in the country, and it is still killing people in our community.

Around 1 in 3 people have no symptoms and will be spreading the virus without realising it. That is why we have lots of different ways you can get a test, whether you have symptoms or not.   

Lockdown 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.

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

It’s essential that we all follow these restrictions to help drive down the spread of COVID-19, save lives and protect our NHS. Please also remember the basics: Hands – Face – Space: wash your hands regularly, wear a mask if you have to go out, and keep two metres away from other people.

If you feel unwell, please get a test and isolate as soon as possible to stop the spread. You can either book or walk in, with no appointment to one of the test sites based in the borough.

Vaccination information

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

For more information visit our vaccinations page.

Report Covid anti-social behaviour

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 of the most recent 14 days.

COVID-19 Situation Report Summary 23 February 2021 (PDF, 841KB)

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, 1.9MB)
Updated 30 November 2020.

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