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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The roadmap out of lockdown - next steps from 12 April

The Prime Minister has set out a 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.

We’ve now reached step two in the roadmap, which means further changes are in place from Monday 12 April, including the following:

  • Non-essential retail, personal care businesses (such as hairdressers and nail salons) can reopen, as well as public buildings (such as libraries and community centres - currently with a reduced service). For more info head here.
  • Most outdoor attractions (including zoos and theme parks) can also reopen - although wider social contact rules will apply in these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households
  • Indoor leisure facilities (such as gyms and swimming pools) can reopen - but only for use by people on their own or with their household
  • Hospitality venues can serve people outdoors only. There’ll be no need for customers to order a meal with alcohol, and no curfew - although customers must order, eat and drink while seated.
  • Please remember, the rule of six or mixing of two households outdoors only still remains in place.

Although the ‘stay at home’ rule has now ended, there are still some restrictions. We all have a part to play to keep each other safe so please continue to follow current government guidance to keep each other safe.

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

Covid-19 hasn't gone away and it’s 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. 

From Friday 9 April, we should all be getting tested twice a week using the quick lateral flow tests which provide results within an hour. You can either do this test at home or in person. Find out more on our testing webpage.

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.

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.

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 13 April 2021 (PDF, 767KB)

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 12 March 2021.

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