Coronavirus information and advice for residents

Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Newham

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government has imposed a minimum four-week “circuit break” lockdown. A decision on next steps, and whether the lockdown can be lifted, will be taken in early December.

Lockdown rules

  • All pubs and restaurants must close, takeaways and deliveries can continue 
  • All non-essential shops, leisure centres, gyms and entertainment venues must close 
  • You must stay at home except for education; work that cannot be done from home; exercise; medical reasons; shopping for food and essentials, or to care for others
  • You must NOT mix with other households indoors or in private gardens, apart from for childcare  
  • Support bubbles for people who live alone and single parents with children can continue 
  • Children are allowed to move between homes if their parents are separated 
  • Individuals can meet one person from another household in an outside public space 
  • Workplaces should stay open if people cannot work from home 
  • Clinically vulnerable people should not go to work
  • Funerals are limited to 30 guests 
  • Weddings may not take place during the lockdown period
  • Places of worship will be open for individual worship only 

Controlling the virus

We can all help to keep Newham safe and control the virus by following the guidance.

You must:

  • Stay home if you, someone you live, or someone who have been in close contact with has Covid-19 symptoms

Note: It is now law to self-isolate. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19 and you are notified by NHS Test and Trace that you need to self-isolate.

  • Wear a face covering on public transport and when in indoor settings. Guidance on face covering can be found on the gov.uk website and the TfL website.

Note: You could be fined if you do not wear a face covering when you are required to.

Note: Your support bubble counts as one household. 

Find out more about what you can and can’t do on the Government’s FAQ page including information about support bubbles.

Shielding has been paused, guidance for those who were shielding is available on the Government’s website.

If you or someone you live with has Covid-19 symptoms

If you have the following Covid-19 symptoms you should self-isolate and get tested as soon as possible by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website.

  • Fever
  • A new persistent cough (coughing for 1 hour, 3 coughing episodes in 24 hours)
  • A change or loss of taste or smell

If you have symptoms, you must stay at home for 10 days (or until 48 hours after your fever ends, whichever is longer).

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the household got symptoms.

If someone in your support bubble shows symptoms you should self-isolate.

If you have been contacted by NHS Test & Trace and told to isolate because you have been in close contact with someone who has received a positive test, they will tell you how many days you need to isolate for.

Note: It is now law to self-isolate. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19 and you are notified by NHS Test and Trace that you need to self-isolate.

Find out more about self-isolation on the Government’s stay at home page.