Coronavirus update: 22 May 2020

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22 May 2020   

Message from Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council

Cllr Curran

As part of our gradual return to normality, Council meetings have started to take place virtually. We’ve seen the Planning and Licencing committees meet over the past week, and next month Cabinet will meet to discuss the Council’s response to coronavirus and its plans to support residents and businesses over the difficult months ahead.

Over the past two months we’ve tried to keep you informed as best we can, but because of lockdown I’ve not been able to get out and about to speak to people as I’d like. I know there are a lot of questions out there, both about what’s happening now and uncertainties about the future.

I really want to hear about your issues or concerns directly, which is why next Tuesday, at 7pm, I’m going to be hosting a live online Q&A. You can find out below how to get involved and ask your questions. It’d be great if you could join me.

Schools have been in the news a lot recently following the Government’s announcement that they can begin opening to more pupils from next month. The Council wants schools to re-open as soon as possible but only when it is safe for them to do so. Ensuring the safety of our hard-working teachers, parents and young people is our highest priority.

We have written to all headteachers in the borough offering our support and outlining our expectations. We will support all schools in their decision making regarding their re-opening and re-integration of staff and young people, when those decisions are supported by a robust risk assessment. These judgement calls are best made on case-by-case basis - some schools may be able to welcome back year groups quickly, while others may need more time. Schools will be writing to all parents sharing their plans for re-opening.

Have a great bank holiday, and remember to follow the social distancing guidance to keep yourself and others safe.

Cllr Curran signoff

Live Q&A with leader of Hounslow Council next Tuesday night 

Have your say

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, will be hosting a live Q&A on the Councils response to coronavirus and its impact on the borough. 

It will take place between 7pm to 8pm on Tuesday, May 26, via Microsoft Teams. You can join through this link.  

You can submit a question beforehand at– use subject: Leader Q&A - or ask it on the night. Viewers won’t be able to speak, but questions can be typed into the chat feed. 

Find out more here.

Have a safe Bank Holiday weekend  

We know that staying home and maintaining social distancing is tough, especially during the warmer weather. However, to help save lives and protect vulnerable people, please do continue to stay at home as much as possible. 

Whilst you can meet a friend in our parks, play tennis or use selected sports pitches, remember to keep a distance of two metres away from other people not in your household.  

The Council is playing its part in keeping parks and green spaces open, and you can do your bit by following these instructions: 

  • Remain at least two metres away from people not in your household
  • Only exercise with people from your household or with one other person
  • Keep dogs on a lead at all times 
  • Follow hygiene advice when you are outside, don’t touch your face, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
  • Playgrounds and public toilets are closed to reduce the spread, don’t try to use them

To find parks near where you live, use our parks finder

Your efforts will help save lives.

  • If you see people ignoring these rules you can inform our Enforcement Team here or call 020 8583 4141. Please also tell us of any gatherings you are aware of in public places or anyone you consider to be behaving irresponsibly.
  • And, remember, don’t touch your face when you’re out and wash your hands when arriving home 

Be considerate to others and, when staying home, think of your neighbours  - keep the noise down and no bonfires.  

follow the rules

Mobile test centre available in Isleworth this weekend 

coronavirus testing

The mobile coronavirus test centres will be available again this weekend 

When: Tomorrow and Sunday 24 May 10.30am-3.30pm  

WhereGrasshoppers’ Rugby Club, Syon Lane, Osterley, Isleworth, TW7 5PN.  

There is a mixture of walk-in and drive-through appointments available.  

Tests should be taken within five days of developing symptoms as this is when the test is most accurate.  

Testing for key workers and their families:   

Symptomatic people who are key workers, those who cannot work from home and, people over 65, and members of their households are able to get tested for coronavirus and can book an appointment via the self-referral portal.  

Testing for members of the public: 

The Government has now extended its testing programme to include any members of the public aged five and over. Please register via the NHS website

Once you register and book your appointment via the self-referral portal or NHS website you will receive a 16-digit code text message. At the testing site, you will need to show your 16-digit code text message to staff members as confirmation for the test.

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

Spring bank holiday waste and recycling collections

spring bank holiday collection

There will be no waste, recycling or garden waste collections on Monday 25 May due to the spring bank holiday. Household collections will take place the following day, Tuesday 26 May and all collections during the week will be a day later, as below:



Usual collection day                                                             Revised collection day

Monday 25 May                                                                      Tuesday 26 May

Tuesday 26 May                                                                     Wednesday 27 May

Wednesday 27 May                                                                Thursday 28 May

Thursday 28 May                                                                    Friday 29 May

Friday 29 May                                                                         Saturday 30 May

Residents living in both flats and flats above shops will also have collection days move to the following day as outlined above.

The waste and recycling service schedule will revert to normal on Monday 1 June 2020.

For further information see here.

Reminder Space Waye is open for essential use only

Space Waye

Hounslow Council are reminding residents that Space Waye Reuse and Recycling Centre is for strictly essential use only. It is not a return to normal operations as important social distancing measures have been introduced to keep visitors and staff safe. Full Space Waye guidance can be viewed here.

Long queues have been witnessed all week, with vehicles queuing for between 2-3 hours to gain entry to the site, which is operating at a reduced capacity of two vehicles on site at any given time due to the social distancing measures.

Staff managing queues have had to restrict vehicles from joining queues at busy times – this is when the volume of waiting vehicles begins to impact other trading estate visitors.

As per Government guidance Household Waste and Recycling Centres are for essential use only, so please only visit if storing waste at home could cause injury or illness and take advantage of regular collections and Bulky and Garden Waste services to manage waste in meantime.

Dan Mason Drive in Dukes Meadow closed

street closure

Dan Mason Drive in Dukes Meadows has been closed at a location where the road is narrow and visibility is poor, to prioritise the safety of those travelling by bike and on foot to this popular park, and to ensure there is enough space for these users to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The road is closed at the railway bridge and the closure will be in place for a minimum of six months. All premises in the park can be still be accessed by vehicle if required, either via Riverside Drive or Dan Mason Drive.

Read more here. 

Back to school-safer travel  


We want to helping London’s teaching professionals, parents and guardians, children and young people travel safely back to school, as more of them begin to more expand their opening.

To enable social distancing of two metres, public transport will have severely reduced capacity, even when 100 per cent of services are operating fully. This means public transport should be avoided wherever possible, to free up the limited space available to those who have no alternative way to travel, and that those who can should walk or cycle instead.     

We are advising the following safer travel guidance for parents and students:  

  • Walk, cycle or scoot to school wherever possible 
  • Use local Streetspace improvements, which include widened footpaths and cycle lanes, to help maintain social distancing when travelling  
  • Avoid busy stations and interchanges, if using public transport. Please plan ahead and allow more time for your journey as travelling at the busiest times may take longer than it would normally, as queuing is likely. To help with this, please check where you will find advice and information of how the network will operate differently 

If using public transport, or taxi and private hire services, please use a facial covering, carry a hand sanitiser and wash your hands before and after you travel. Follow the advice on maintaining social distancing and act on the instructions of staff, who are there to help prevent crowding on the transport network.

How to make a face covering at home  

face covering

The Government has advised that people should aim to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, such as public transport, where social distancing is not always possible.  

Dr Ellie Cannon explains in this video why this is important and how a face covering can help reduce the risk of transmission. 

You can read further information, advice and safety guidance on face coverings here. 

Have your say-NHS and Hounslow Healthwatch survey 

Healthwatch Hounslow

NHS Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group and Healthwatch Hounslow would like to know how the coronavirus has been affecting you and those close to you. 

They are encouraging you take out 10-15 minutes to complete this short survey and share it with your friends, family and neighbours in the borough.  

The results of the survey will be analysed, and it is anticipated the findings will help them to understand how residents have been coping in Hounslow and what they can do to support you.  

The short survey asks questions about accessing health care, using technology, how you are feeling and your experiences of trying to stay informed about coronavirus.  

There are also some demographic questions (for example age, ethnicity, where you live in the borough). This is required to understand what is happening in different parts of Hounslow and the experiences of our different communities.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Healthwatch Hounslow on 020 3603 2438 or email You can also visit their website by clicking here.   

Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr  


We would like to wish Ramadan Mubarak to everyone observing the Islamic holy month  and thank you all for following the social distancing measures in place during this challenging time. 

Though Eid is traditionally marked with congregational prayers in mosques and parks followed by parties amongst families and friends, Eid in the time of the coronavirus will look markedly different. Places of worship have been closed for at least nine weeks, and  large gatherings prohibited. This will remain the case during Eid.  

Please continue to stay safe, pray at home, connect with friends and families virtually and help prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

The Muslim Council of Britain has produced some useful guidance on how to celebrate Eid under the current restrictions. You can find out more here.    

Mental health and wellbeing for parents and children-the power of kindness 


As we continue exploring the theme of kindness for Mental Health Awareness Week, it is important to acknowledge the pressure and stress that parents may be experiencing with having to juggle responsibilities and actively be involved in home schooling. 

Looking after our mental wellbeing is important at any time but during the current coronavirus situation, with the impact this has had on our normal routines, it’s more vital than ever. 

You need to take time out and be kind to yourself. Remember during these challenging times you are doing your best.   

As a parent, you play an important role in your child's mental health through the things you say and do, and the environment you create at home. 

It’s OK for children and young people to feel sad or angry. Encourage them to talk about how they feel and find ways to help them to cope with life’s challenges.  

Talking Mental Health is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health with younger children. YoungMinds offer tips on how to stay connected, stay calm and deal with stress at home for teenagers.

Join in with Mental Health Awareness week by sharing your story or pictures (with permission) of kindness using #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #LoveHounslow. 

Having trouble sleeping?

Every mind matters

To improve sleep and support adult mental wellbeing Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters website now includes new NHS-approved expert tips and advice on
improving your sleep

New research reveals that more than four in ten adults are experiencing trouble sleeping during the coronavirus outbreak, with younger adults more affected. 

Sleep expert, Colin Espie has provided NHS-approved tips for improving sleep
during the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Find out more about how you can improve your sleep on the Every Mind Matters website

New antibody testing programme 

antibody testing programme

Antibody tests will be available to NHS and care staff, eligible patients and care residents in England to see if they have had coronavirus as part of a new national antibody testing programme announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock today.   

Tests will be prioritised for NHS and care staff, and clinicians will be able to request them for patients in both hospital and social care settings if they deem it appropriate.  

The new antibody testing programme will start next week. Find out more about the national antibody testing programme here.  

Cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A Levels in 2020


The Government has published a useful Q&A guidance document which aims to answer common questions in relation to the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels due to the coronavirus outbreak in 2020.

You can read the guidance here


Employment advice from Acas 


The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (or Acas) is a leading resource for employers seeking advice on protecting their staff. 

They cover anything from sick pay, dealing with incidents of coronavirus in the workplace, and employers’ obligations concerning workers who need to self-isolate or do not want to come into work. 

Find out more here. 

Safety at home or work 

work safety

The Government recently published new guidance for employers and employees on safety in the workplace and guidance regarding the use of face coverings.

It advises:

You throw away any used Personal Protective Equipment (PPE -gloves and face masks) in ‘black bag’ waste at home or whilst at work, or a litter bin if you’re outside. 

Don't put used PPE in a recycling bin; they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities. 

Do not purchase medical grade masks or respirators. These are prioritised for healthcare workers working in more high-risk environments. But make your own face coverings using the guidance and dispose of them in your black bag waste. 

Anyone self-isolating at home with confirmed or suspected coronavirus should continue to place their personal waste materials, including any PPE worn at home, in the ‘black bag’ waste bin. It should be double-bagged, securely tied, and stored for 72 hours before placing out for collection. 

Coronavirus statutory sick pay rebate scheme

sick leave

The Government will be launching a new online service on 26 May for small and medium-sized businesses to recover coronavirus related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have been made to current or former employees.

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme was announced this week part of a package of support measures for businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. 

Mind and the EFL join forces for Mental Health Awareness Week 


MIND is working with the English Football League to produce a series of videos with players and managers, talking all things mental health and football.

The videos will be hosted by former Chelsea, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic player, Sky Sports presenter, and mental health supporter, Scott Minto and by broadcaster, speaker and mental health advocate, Charlie Webster. 

You can watch the videos here.

UK Coaching free training 

UK Coaching

UK Coaching has teamed up with mental health charity Mind and Sport England to make its Mental Health for Sport and Physical Activity free online.

The course will be accessible via the organisation’s learning and development platform and will remain free of charge until 31 August 2020, visit  

Brunel Go for Growth Programme - Starting 3 June 

Brunel go for growth programme

Brunel Hive and Co-Innovate arelaunching a free 6-week business growth programme, delivered via Zoom, to help you and your business adapt and deal with these challenging times.  

The programme is firmly built on entrepreneurial learning styles, with insights from academics, business coaches and business leaders on how to adapt to the challenges and reinvigorate your business to serve the changed market needs.

The deadline to register for the programme is Wednesday 26 May. 

Entertainment and culture to enjoy at home

entertainment at home

Staying connected to the rest of the world is one way that can help you to stay mentally well. We can still make the most of our time at home this weekend.

Did you know you can still see the world from the comfort of your own home? Here are some resources for ‘seeing the world’ while staying at home:


  • Good Housekeeping – offer a range of free virtual tours to museums, zoos and theme parks worldwide and two of NASA’s Research Centres. 
  • GoodtoKnow – offer free virtual tours to a variety of castles, museums, zoos and other attractions worldwide. 
  • The Show Must Go On are showing full length performances of classic musicals and other shows every Friday at 7pm via their YouTube Channel. 

Thameside Theatre are providing creative content via their Facebook page and signposting to national theatre shows you can watch includingAndrew Lloyd Webber’s free performances. 

Online resources for health, education and wellbeing 

New for adults, young people, children and families;  

MINDs Guide to getting active in the home or garden, a fun A-Z guide to getting active at home, and you can even use household items as equipment. 

Anytime Fitness Hounslow wants to help support our community to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a free 4 week health boost program for you to download. Visit the website for more information.    

Let’s Go Outside And Learn are keen to introduce people to the natural environment. They are putting weekly activities on their website and facebook pages that everyone can use.

Betterpoints have put together a short checklist for walking with little challenges to make it fun. May is ‘National Walking Month’, so join in the fun – to get to work, to exercise the dog, or simply for the joy of walking.

#Daily Mile At Home is here to help children stay active with their parents/carers– that's 15 minutes of jogging or running, front door to front door, with some extra challenges along the way to keep everyone motivated.

MINDs guide for young people provides information for young people who are worried about coronavirus and want to know how to cope with changes to their livesVisit for more support and information. 

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.

Ordinance Survey Family Maps to Colour In are great for some stress-busting, free PDF to download to print at home. own 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 for young people is available with 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 have 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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