Coronavirus update: 13 May 2020

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13 May 2020   

Changes to coronavirus lockdown rules

The Government’s initial changes to the lockdown rules began today. Its overarching guidance is:

  • 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
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms (a high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough)

People are also being urged to avoid public transport if possible, and walk or cycle where they can.

Below is a summary of what’s changed. There is a detailed Q&A on the Government’s website.

today's lockdown policy changes

The Council and its partner organisations will support and enforce the new measures as best we can.

As restrictions are gradually lifted, and circumstances become more complex, please remain patient with our staff and those of our partners.

Our priority remains keeping people safe and protecting the borough’s most vulnerable residents – we have 22,000 people classed by the NHS as needing to be ‘shielded’. Our local decisions will be based on these principles.

follow the rules save lives


Shielded residents must remain at home

The guidance has not changed for people identified as needing to be ‘shielded’. You should stay at home at all times.

Shielded people are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and should have received a letter telling them they’re in this group or been told by their GP.

The Government guidance is:

  • Do not leave your house.
  • Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces, for example, family homes, weddings and religious services.
  • Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus – a include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.

The Government is currently advising people to shield until the end of June and is regularly monitoring this position. More information is available on its website.

If you, or someone you know, is isolated and needs support, please contact the Hounslow Community Hub - 020 7084 9697 or


Mobile testing unit at Grasshoppers’ Rugby Club-Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May 

coronavirus testing

As more people are returning to work this week, you should get tested if you are symptomatic. A Coronavirus mobile testing unit will again be in place on Friday 15  May and Saturday 16 May at Grasshoppers’ Rugby Club, Syon Lane, OsterleyIsleworth, TW7 5PN.  There are a mixture of  walk-in  and drive-through appointments available at this site 

Eligible people for testing are: 

Our priority is testing patients to inform their clinical diagnosis 

  • all essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms (ideally within first 5 days of symptoms) 
  • anyone over 65 with symptoms (ideally within first 5 days of symptoms) 
  • anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers) (ideally within first 5 days of symptoms) 
  • anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above (ideally within first 5 days of symptoms) 

Additionally, we are testing: 

  • social care workers in care homes (with or without symptoms) 
  • NHS workers without symptoms according to NHS England guidelines 

Book an appointment 

You can book your appointment here. 

Anyone who shows up without an appointment will not be tested. The testing centre will be operating between 10.30am-3.30pm. 

Please note that if an appointment is not available at the Grasshoppers’ site then the same testing criteria apply for bookings at the Twickenham testing site too, and they operate 7 days a week. They do however only offer drive-in appointments. 

If you have any difficulty or any questions about testing, please email 

New guidance for safer travel 

new travel guidance

The Government have released new guidance for anyone that needs to use the transport network. The advice sets out that if people who cannot work from home and have to travel for work, they should first consider alternatives to public transport such as walking and/or cycling. Those driving their own cars have been asked to avoid busy areas and times. 

For those who have to use public transport, the guidance for passengers on how to travel safely recommends: 

  • keeping 2 metres apart from others wherever possible 
  • wearing a face covering if you can 
  • using contactless payment where possible 
  • avoiding rush hour travel where feasible
  • washing or sanitising your hands as soon as possible before and after travel 
  • following advice from staff and being considerate to others 

All transport operators have been issued guidance on ensuring stations and services are regularly cleaned, making clear to passengers how to stay 2 metres apart where possible in stations, airports and ports, and to ensure routes for passengers are clearly communicated to avoid crowding. 

Job retention scheme extended 

job retention scheme

It was announced yesterday that the Government will be extending the job retention scheme for another four months until the end of October and furloughed workers will continue to receive 80 per cent of their current salary, up to £2,500.  

Additionally, from August the scheme will provide more flexibility, allowing furloughed workers to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards employees’ salaries to substitute the Government’s current contribution. You can find out more about the extension of the job retention scheme here.     

Guidance for parents and carers on the preparations for wider opening of nurseries and schools  


Since Monday 23 March, nurseries, schools and colleges have remained open to a priority group of children and young people, children of critical workers and vulnerable children.  

The Government has now set out plans to begin preparing for the phased return of children and young people to nurseries, schools and colleges, from next month.

 You can read the guidance for parents and carers here.  

Routine immunisations 

routine vaccination

Whilst preventing the spread of coronavirus is a public health priority, so is keeping up with routine immunisations to avoid outbreaks of other vaccine preventable diseases. You will usually be contacted by your GP surgery if you are or your child is due a routine vaccine, but you can also contact them if you know a vaccination is due.   

It is important to go to your appointments unless you, your child or someone you live with has symptoms or coronavirus.

Hounslow GP surgeries are still providing routine immunisations in a safe environment, if you have concerns about attending you should call your surgery to discuss. 

Fostering for Hounslow  

foster care fortnight

During these uncertain times, we are still actively looking for people from all backgrounds to join our community of foster carers to offer a stable home for children in care. If you have a spare bedroom, why not transform a life and foster for Hounslow?  

You can find out more about fostering for Hounslow, join our Zoom meeting tomorrow at 3pm. Please email: for the joining instructions.    

Read more

Face coverings    

face covering

Iusing public transport, or taxi and private hire services, Government and Transport for London advice now is to use a facial covering and wash your hands before and after you travel. 

Although face coverings are unlikely to prevent you from getting the virus, they could help prevent you from giving it to others. 

Face coverings are particularly important where two metre social distancing is hard to maintain. 

Public Health England has published advice on how to wear and make a cloth face covering.  

Keep on top of your mental health and wellbeing    


Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. It's especially important now more than ever, to take care of your mental health during this pandemic. 

During this time you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. It is important to remember that it is OK to feel this way, the situation is only temporary. It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it. 

Here are some helpful websites on looking after your mental wellbeing: 

Thank you NHS-Harnage House rainbow tree 

rainbow tree

Anywhere Care kindly donated colouring pencil sets for all the residents in sheltered housing in the borough. Thank you to Anywhere Care for their kindness and generosity.   

The residents at Harnage House used these colouring pencil sets and their creative skills to say thank you to the NHS by creating a beautiful rainbow tree with solar powered fairy lights in the garden. It has brightened up the green space and helped to lift the spirits of the most vulnerable residents, during these very uncertain times.  

Opposite is a photograph of the beautiful thank you rainbow tree decorated by the residents of Harnage House  

Free Webinars by the Hounslow Business Task Force 

hounslow chamber

Hounslow Chamber and the Hounslow Business Taskforce are hosting their next free webinar tomorrow at 10amin conjunction with Chiswickbuzz, on their continuing commitment to support businesses across the borough and wider community during these challenging times.  

Their expert panel will be ready to give you relevant advice to help you though these difficult times. They are pleased to announce that Andrew Hatch from TFL will be part of the panel for the next webinar.  

Please sign up here for tomorrow’s free webinar. 

Upcoming webinars: 

28 May 

If you have missed any of their previous webinars, you can watch them here 

Guidance on how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic

work safety

The Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. These 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Read more here 

 Also read about Health & Safety Risk Assessments here 

Helping entrepreneurs better understand the funding landscape 

Eagle Labs

Are you considering how to fund the future growth of your business? Have you been considering crowdfunding or applying for a government grant but unsure how best to approach it? Join the Barclays Eagle Labs Funding Readiness Programme to get tailored support to help you achieve funding success.  

The funding readiness programme is designed to demystify the funding options available to early-stage entrepreneurs and arm you with the skills and knowledge to fund business growth. You will receive a mix of online webinars, educational content, and dedicated 1:1 support from grant and crowdfunding experts, the program is focused on Grant funding and Crowdfunding in the upcoming season. Read more here 

video message from Green Dragon Primary School  

green dragon primary school video

Green Dragon Primary School collected all the positive and uplifting messages from their students and created a fun video featuring their staff and school song. It is an inspiring message to stay hopeful, stay safe and keep going. You can watch the video here.  

The Arts Society Chiswick lecture starts tomorrow   

chiswick art society

The Arts Society Chiswick has gone virtual. Usually their talks are once a month at POSK in Hammersmith. They are now hosting their lecture series online. Although they are open to members only- you can join the society at any time.   

Tomorrow's talk, which starts at 8.15pm is on: The Subtle Science and Exact Art of Colour in English Garden Design - Why Gardens can rank as Fine Art by Timothy Walker.

You can find out more about the lecture and joining the society here.   

Move More 

move more

From today,Wednesday 13 May, you can go outside more than once a day for exercise. This can be with one person from outside your household, though you must still only exercise in groups of no more than two people and maintain social distancing, unless exercising with your household. While you’re out, always keep at least two metres or more away from anyone outside of your household.

  • Please check our website in advance to see if the facilities you want to use have reopened. If you're exercising outside please ensure you are following the guidance and act responsibly, minimise time outside and wash your hands when you return home.  
  • There are lots of online resources that have been made available for free to help you to keep active in your home, or in your garden if you have one, visit The Move More page on the One You Hounslow website for support and activities for all age groups and abilities.  

Online resources for health, education and wellbeing 

New for adults, young people, children and families;  

Walk4Life can help you to plan or vary your local walks. Please always follow the latest official advice, it's important that you stick stringently to the guidance. 

Let’s Ride Local  provides ideas and inspiration to help keep everyone motivated and safe whilst cycling in your local area. 

ThisIsPE is endorsed by the Department for Education to support teachers, parents and carers to teach physical education.  

Les Mills have some great workouts available online, six billion people already work out at home so take a look for free. 

This Mum Moves is designed for antenatal and postnatal women, a series of online workouts to help pregnant women and new mums be physically active at home. 

Better on demand provides access to workouts for free on the Better UK app, available from the Apple or Google Play stores. Enter BETTERFREE as the Club Access Code, club ref: Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub.

Joe Wicks  also known as the Body Coach or, the nation’s PE teacher, is now offering virtual classes for seniors on his YouTube channel.

Make Movement your Mission designed by Later Life Training, includes a series of short online regular movement sessions done either in a chair or standing holding onto a support.

Mind’s guide information for young people who are worried about coronavirus and want to know how to cope with changes to their lives.

Sport Impact works with schools across Hounslow to give pupils the best opportunities in PE, Sport and Health, as well as encouraging Leadership and Volunteering. The team has created some Stay at Home Challenges to support learning whilst in the home.

OurParks coaches Ange and Premika are encouraging exercise at home and workout sessions via their facebook or YouTube channel. Why not try Saturday 10am Live HIIT Workout.

Brentford  FC Community Sports Trust  have some great free fitness sessions for Hounslow residents including Pilates, Yoga and chair based exercise for over 60s, all part of their #BeeeatHome campaign.

Visit for more support and information.

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