Coronavirus updates for community, parks, libraries and leisure

Coronavirus updates for community parks, libraries and leisure

Information and advice on parks, library services, leisure centres and democratic services


Parks across the borough remain open to enable exercise but will close if people do not practice social distancing​.

Newham City Farm is closed.

Park public toilets are closed.

West Ham Park is open. This park is managed by the City of London. Please see their twitter feed for updates. 


Stratford, Forest Gate, Manor Park, East Ham, Beckton, Canning Town, Custom House, Plaistow and Green Street libraries are open Monday-Saturday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.

PCs and WiFi / Study space can be pre-booked by calling the library

Select and Collect and Ready Reads packs are still available – contact your local library to order

North Woolwich library remains closed whilst it undergoes refurbishment and is due to re-open in late winter.

From Monday 2 November

Stratford, Forest Gate, Manor Park, East Ham, Beckton, Canning Town, Custom House, Plaistow and Green Street libraries will be open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Stratford Library will be open on Sundays from 1pm-4pm

Pre-booked study space for 13 - 25year olds will be available on selected evenings per week at every library – contact your local library for more details.

All online services including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, eNewspapers, eMagazines and a range of online reference information is available 24/7.  You can apply to join the library online for instant access to these resources.

Business support for Start-Ups and Pre Start-Ups is still available via the SiLL Project Champion Rashed Belal [email protected]  and a range of workshops are available via Zoom.

If you find it difficult to visit the library then books can be delivered to your home with our Home Library Service.  Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Leisure centres, tennis courts and outdoor gyms

Some of our centres are partially re-opened following our closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The gym area at Atherton Leisure Centre, East Ham Leisure Centre and Manor Park Fitness Centre are now re-open.

The Main Pools at Atherton Leisure Centre and East Ham Leisure Centre is now open.

For all information on our re-opening and FAQs, please visit the active newham website.


Due to the Covid-19 crisis, Go For It Grants and Lets's Get the Party Started have all been suspended until further notice. Updates will appear on this page when the situation changes.

Aspers Good Causes Fund

Following Government recommendations and public health guidelines that all non-essential businesses should cease trading, Aspers Westfield Stratford City casino temporarily closed on Friday 20 March. As a result, there will be a delay in processing the applications until such time that the casino is back in operation.
Aspers Management would like to send their thanks for the time and effort that has gone in to each application for the 2020 programme and send their best wishes to each organisation member, along with their families, at this challenging time.

We’ll be back in touch as soon as the business reopens.