The roadmap out of lockdown - the next step
The government set out a four-step roadmap to ease the country out of lockdown, lift coronavirus restrictions and provide a route back to a more normal life.
The roadmap is reliant on several conditions being met, including the continued successful roll-out of the vaccine, infection rates not rising, and evidence that vaccines are reducing the number of hospitalisations and deaths.
Since 17 May, we have been at step three in the government’s roadmap.
However, the proposed move to the next step (originally scheduled to take place no earlier than 21 June) has now been delayed by the government by four weeks, although this will be reviewed after two weeks.
It is now expected that the country will move to step four on 19 July.
What we can and can’t we do at the moment (step three)
As a result of the Prime Minister’s announcement on 14 June, we remain in step three and most Coronavirus restrictions that we have been adhering to since 17 May remain in force. These include:
- You can only meet others in a group of up to six people or a group of any size from two households
- You can only meet others outside in a group of up to 30 people
- Work from home if possible and travel safely
However, some restrictions will change on 21 June:
- The limit on the number of guests at weddings or civil partnerships, and at commemorative events such as wakes, stone settings or ash scatterings will be lifted, although other social distancing measures will be in place.
- Some pilot events will be held using bigger crowds to measure the impact this has on coronavirus.
- Care home occupants will be able to nominate someone who can visit, even if the resident in the home is self-isolating.
- Children will be able to go on overnight trips in the country e.g. with schools or as part of clubs such as Scouts or Guides.
It’s essential 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.
For more information on the steps set out in the roadmap, visit the government website.
Covid-19 hasn't gone away - get your free vaccine
With the number of people being vaccinated now in the millions, it’s easy to think that this is nearly all over, but the truth is we remain in a constant battle against the virus – as the latest four-week pause to the roadmap demonstrates.
The best way you can protect yourself against COVID-19 is by having the vaccine.
Thousands of residents have already had their free coronavirus jab. If you haven’t had yours yet, find out if you’re eligible and book yours now by visiting the NHS website.
Are you being tested twice a week?
Did you know even if you don’t have symptoms, you should be tested twice a week?
One in 3 people can have coronavirus without even knowing, so it’s important we all take the quick lateral flow tests, which give you your results within an hour.
You can either do them at home or in person at one of our walk-in centres in the borough. Find out more on our testing webpage.
If you feel unwell, please get a test and isolate as soon as possible to stop the spread.
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.
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
For more information visit our vaccinations page.
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.
Visit the NHS for information about the virus and advice on what to do.
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.
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 8 June 2021 (PDF, 776KB)
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.