Coronavirus information and advice for residents

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Newham

The Government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.

That is why you should follow social distancing guidelines.

The government has published staying safe outside your home guidance on what the new rules will mean. This page sets out key FAQ to help you prepare for these changes.

This guidance applies in England – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.

Controlling the virus

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

You should:

  • Stay 2 meters away from anyone outside your household
  • Wear a face covering on public transport and in shops, supermarkets, banks, post offices etc. Guidance on face covering can be found on the gov.uk website and the TfL website.
  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

You should not:

  • gather in groups of more than six people with people you do not live with
  • socialise indoors in groups of more than two households (including dining out or going to the pub)
  • stay away from your own home overnight with member of more than one other household

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.

This guidance is for the general public who are fit and well. For those who have been shielding:

  • You should follow good hand hygiene and wash your hands frequently
  • You can go outside as much as you like
  • You should keep social interactions to a minimum
  • You can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops while keeping 2 meters distance from others where possible
  • You can return to work as long as the workplace if COVID secure, but should work from home wherever possible

You can find out more on the Government’s guidance on shielding page. 

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
  • Persistent cough
  • 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 and get tested.

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

Changes to restrictions

The Government is easing restrictions in phases, as laid out in their roadmap. Steps of included in the recent stages are laid out below.

From 1 June:

  • Spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
  • You should go to work if you cannot work from home and your business has not been required to close by law
  • More shops are beginning to reopen, with a plan for more to do so later in the month
  • Visit car showrooms an-d outdoor markets
  • You can be tested as part of the test and trace programme, which will enable us to return to normal life as soon as possible, by helping to control transmission risks
  • In line with the arrangements made by your school, send your child to school or nursery if they are in early years, reception, year 1 or year 6, if you could not before

From 24 July:

  • In order to help contain the spread of the virus as we open up more premises, face coverings are now required in shops and supermarkets – in addition to public transport where they were already required. People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in other enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet

From 25 July:

  • Sports facilities and venues, including such as indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, indoor swimming pools and indoor water parks, can open

From 1 August:

  • Employers have more discretion, in consultation with their employees, on how to ensure people can work safely – working from home is one way to do this, but workplaces can also be made safe by following COVID-19 Secure guidelines
  • The clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow advice on shielding, though should still take particular care to follow the social distancing guidelines when meeting people
  • All remaining close contact services – such as facial treatment and make up application – can restart, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines

Expected changes in the next few months include:

From 1 September:

  • Schools, nurseries and colleges will open for all children and young people on a full-time basis
  • Universities are working to reopen as fully as possible

From 1 October, if prevalence remains around or below current levels:

  • We will bring back audiences in stadiums, and allow conferences and other business events to recommence in a COVID-19 Secure way

In November, our ambition is to scale back remaining social distancing measures, but this is contingent on a number of factors, including consideration of the specific challenges as we move into winter.