Covid-19 Council services and updates

Coronavirus service disruptions and updates

We are working hard to ensure that vital services are maintained and that our most vulnerable residents are protected. However due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, and the resulting pressure on staff, we have no option but to restrict and amend the provision of some services.​

Service updates

Status correct at 07 March 2022.

The below is the current status of some of our most popular/highly used services and we will update this on a regular basis. Things are changing rapidly and we thank you for your patience.

To make this as clear as possible, we have rated these Red, Amber or Green, like traffic lights:

  • Green – Service is operating normally
  • Amber – Some reduction in service, or service is being delivered differently eg over the telephone instead of face to face
  • Red – Service is closed

Registrars Service

For more information please see our births, deaths and marriages coronavirus page. 

GREEN Appointments can be booked online on our register a birth page. There are longer waiting times for birth registration appointments due to the number of unregistered births during the pandemic lockdowns. The 42 day rule to register a birth is not applicable at this time.
GREEN We will be notified of all deaths needing to be registered and will contact the next of kin to arrange an appointment.  From 25.3.2022 we will return to face to face death registration appointments as registrations can no longer be made over the phone.  More information on death registrations.

Recycling, waste and bins

For more information please see our recycling, waste and bins Coronavirus page.

GREEN Collections of household bins are operating normally. Visit My Neighbourhood to check your next collection day.

The garden waste service remains temporarily suspended

AMBER Deliveries of commercial waste bags are still taking place but there may be some delays.

Please read the key information on our Jenkins Lane re-use and recycling centre page before your visit.


AMBER Only emergency repairs are being conducted at present. More information

Libraries and leisure facilities


Newham Libraries are now open. More information 


Atherton Leisure Centre, East Ham Leisure Centre and Manor Park Fitness Centre are now open. Newham Leisure Centre is also open. More information is available on the activeNewham website.

Parking permits and parking enforcement

For more information please see our parking and streets Coronavirus page.


Full parking enforcement has now resumed.


Please note: our East Ham Customer Service Centre is currently unable to process any face-to-face parking applications due to Covid-19.


GREEN Trading has resumed from 12 April.


AMBER Some events are taking place online. Please visit our events page for more information. 

Adult learning

AMBER Open for enrolment now. More information on the NewhamAdult Learning service website



Please note: Every individual school and college will have Covid-19 rules and procedures specific to them. Please get in touch with your school and follow their guidelines. More information 


GREEN Projects operating as normal.

Health visiting

AMBER Reduction in face-to-face visits.  Appointments carried out by phone where possible.

Parks and Play areas, public toilets and outdoor gyms

GREEN Play areas still open to enable exercise but you still need do to practice social distancing​.
GREEN Public toilets open.

Tennis courts, multi-use game areas, outdoor gyms, basketball courts and cricket nets are now open.