From 10 December, face coverings will be a legal requirement in most public indoor venues, including theatres and cinemas. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising.
From 13 December, those who can, will be advised to work from home.
From 15 December, the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather – including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees. People will be able to demonstrate proof of two vaccine doses via the app. Having considered the evidence since the emergence of Omicron, proof of a negative lateral flow test or exemptions will also be accepted.
The self-isolation advice for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart. The first LFD test should not be taken before the sixth day.
More information can be found on GOV.UK
How to report covid rule breaking and non-compliance
In England, face coverings must now be worn in shops and shopping centres, in transport hubs and on public transport - In other indoor settings where a face covering is not legally required, you should still continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet. If you would like to report a shop within the borough for not following the coronavirus safety rules, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 containing the latest updates and Director of Public Health recommendations.
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 July 2021.