Coronavirus update: 23 June 2020

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23 June 2020   

Coping with the heat

coping wth the heat

According to the Met Office a heatwave is on its way with temperatures as high as 30 degrees Celsius expected by mid-week. The hot weather is likely to then last until the weekend.  

High temperatures can be harmful to your health. The heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm. Many of those who are at risk of harm from heat are also at greater risk of severe illness due to coronavirus and may need to spend more time at home than they would usually. Others may need to stay at home because they are self-isolating or recovering from the infection.  

Public Health England (PHE) has published a useful document which explains how to stay safe in hot weather, including how to keep your home cool. It tells you who is at greatest risk of ill health from the heat, how to recognise when you or someone’s health may be affected, and what to do if you or someone else becomes unwell as a result of the heat.  

You can read the PHE document on staying well and coping with the heat here.   

Please also don't leave pets in vehicles when the sun is up. 

Prime Minister announces easing of lockdown restrictions


Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today set out further changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs.

From Saturday 4 July, the pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to coronavirus secure guidelines.

From the same date, he has set out that two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and that people can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites.

Following a review, the Prime Minister has also set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.

You can find out more about this announcement on the Government's website.

Plans to ease guidance for those shielding 


Last month the Government advised that anyone ‘shielding’ could spend time outdoors. Following this, and alongside current scientific and medical advice, the it is planning to further relax shielding guidance in stages.

From 6 July, the guidance will change so anyone shielding can meet in groups of up to six people from outside their household – outdoors with social distancing. If you live alone (or are a lone adult with dependent children under 18), you will be able to form a support bubble with another household.

From 1 August, there will no longer be a requirement to shield, and the advice will be that you can visit shops and places of worship, but you should continue maintaining rigorous social distancing. 

The Government will be writing to all individuals on the Shielded Patient List with updated information on shielding advice and the ongoing support that will be available to them. 

You can find out more about these changes and the support available on our website 

Read the full announcement on the Government’s website.  

Guidance for employers, apprentices, training providers and businesses to show they are coronavirus secure

Covid secure

The new guidance from Government to help businesses in the UK work safely, includes a downloadable notice. Find out more about the guidance on this page. Employers can display this in their workplaces to show their employees, customers and other visitors to their workplace, that they have followed this guidance. 

Click here to download more assets for use on print and digital channels.

Survey on coronavirus impact and the Council's response 

Have your say

The Council has launched a survey to learn about the impacts of coronavirus on the borough. We would like to know how you and the people you live with have been affected, hear your thoughts about the future and the type of support you may need. Please also share your opinions on how the Council has responded and what we could do better.  

This survey is completely anonymous and you don’t have to answer every question. Your views are really important in helping us understand the issues and will inform and influence what we do.  

Waste and recycling collections to start earlier during warm weather 

Waste collection and recycling

Recycle 360 has announced that waste and recycling collections will start from 6am on 24, 25 and 26 June. This is a health and safety precaution to prevent crews being exposed to higher midday temperatures while undertaking manual tasks. 

Household collections are normally from 7am Monday to Friday, however we request residents to please present collections by 6am on days when weather is due to be 30 degrees or over. 

For further information on waste and recycling collections, please visit our website.  

Congestion charge changes  

Congestion charges

If you use a vehicle to travel into the London congestion charging zone there are changes that have come into effect this week 

The changes include increasing the Congestion Charge to £15 per day, removing the £1 Auto Pay and Fleet discounts, and extending the hours of operation to between 7am and 10pm seven days a week (excluding Christmas Day).  

The temporary changes are designed to reduce traffic in central London and enable more journeys to be made safely by foot or bike, while keeping the bus network reliable for those making essential journeys. 

You can find out more about these changes on the TfL website.  

Community counselling  

community counselling

Are you finding it hard to cope emotionally and do you need to talk to someone? Community counselling is offering free emotional support by phone and online counselling to adults in the borough that are severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.This service is aimed at people who are unable to access counselling at the moment  

You can apply online at (please copy and paste the link into your browser) or you can text the team on  07787 339321 

Join the Skills Escalator programme to boost your skills

Skills programme

Are you a resident of Hounslow, in employment and claiming benefits? Have you recently lost your employment due to coronavirus? Do you wish to upskill and improve your employability? 

The WorkHounslow ‘Skills Escalator’ project can help you upskill in order to better your employment prospects or to gain employment.

You will receive the following:

  • Funding for training / courses
  • Support with CVs
  • Be added to a mailing list for job opportunities
  • Receive support with interview skills and completing application forms

To be eligible, you must:

  • Live in Hounslow Borough
  • Be in work or recently made unemployed due to coronavirus
  • In receipt of a means-tested welfare benefit and wish to upskill

For more information about the programme please email or  

Armed Forces Day 2020

Armed Forces Day

Salute Our Forces is a simple way for anyone to pay tribute on Armed Forces Day (Saturday 27 June) to the British Armed Forces.  

It's a way to say thank you for their hard work, dedication and efforts to keep us safe in the UK and across the globe.   

You can take part in Hounslow's tribute by submitting a photo of you saluting and sharing this on your social media along with #SaluteOurForces. Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook or Twitter and we will share the images on our social media channels. 

Coronavirus symptom study app

Covid symptom study

coronavirus symptom study app has been developed by health science company Zoe. Data collected on the app is shared with and analysed by King’s College London, the NHS and Zoe research teams.    

The app allows you to report each day on how you feel and asks questions. It will be helpful to identify how the virus spreads, local hotspots, and will contribute to research to understand and cure the virus.    

We are encouraging residents to download this free app to support this important work. The app is available on the Apple App store and Google Play. 

Tomorrow is National Writing Day 

National Writing Day

National Writing Day 2020 is tomorrow! This will be the fourth annual celebration of the power of writing creatively, inspiring people of all ages and abilities to try writing for fun and self-expression. 

There is still time to write a poem or short story. Take a photo of your writing or take a photo of yourself with your writing. Share your work via Hounslow Council’s TwitterFacebook or Instagram tomorrow using  #247challenge or email for your chance to feature in our newsletter. 

Data charges removed to support the victims of crime 

data charges and mobile phones

The UK’s major mobile phone companies have agreed that users’ data will not be used up if they are looking for help and support online. 

Under the scheme, victims of crime, sexual violence and domestic abuse can visit and seek help from websites even if they have used up all their mobile data.  

It applies to anyone who has a sim from EE, Vodafone, O2, Three, Sky Mobile, Virgin Media, Tesco Mobile and giffgaff.  

Make your own face covering 

face covering

Face coverings are now compulsory on all public transport and should be considered in busy shops and enclosed public spaces. Find out how to make your own face covering at home and remember the key is to cover both the mouth and nose. 

Enjoy a picnic in our parks and take your litter home  

Litter and national picnic week

It’s National Picnic Week! Why not visit our beautiful parks or open spaces and soak up some sunshine with your friends and family, but please remember to stick to the social distancing rules.    

If you decide to have a picnic this week, please make sure you take your litter home with you where it can be recycled or disposed of responsibly. This will help to keep our parks clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy.     

Litter not only ruins the environment but creates a genuine hazard for wild animals, who can become injured and entangled in dumped materials.    

Greenspace 360 staff do their best to keep our green spaces amongst the finest in London, but with parks often busier during warm weather spells – we really need visitors help.   

Please do your bit to keep the borough clean. Remember, if you see any flytipping, please report it.     

For more information please visit our website.    

Take a tour of Hounslow’s artists and makers through Virtual Studios this summer

Virtual studios

Artists can’t invite you into their studios right now, so instead they’re doing the next best thing—giving you an insight into their work, their process, and what motivates them on Instagram.

Between 27 June and 5 July 2020 artists will be using #virtualstudioswest to post video snapshots of painting, fashion, jewellery, photography, music, and dance! There will be how-to guides, time lapses, interviews, performances, and opportunities to meet the artist.

To take the Virtual Studios tour, follow #virtualstudioswest or @creativenetworkwest on Instagram from 27 June, or visit their website. 

Stay connected with Bell Square to hear about the latest art shows 

Bell Square

Bell Square isn't able to put on shows at the moment due to the Government's coronavirus guidelines. But as soon as it's safe for audiences, staff and artists look forward to welcoming you all back to top quality, free outdoor arts shows. Since Bell Square is an outdoor venue, they very much hope this will be sooner rather than later! In the meantime, do sign up to their social media channels @BellSquareLDN to keep in touch and see some great outdoor arts from around the world while they're closed, or sign up to their email newsletters here. 

Above is an image of a really exciting show by company Justice in Motion that they would have had a couple of weeks ago and hope to bring back in the future. It features international parkour athletes and physical theatre performers, creating a visually stunning show with a strong social message - exploring issues of modern salvery and forced labour within the construction industry. At Bell Square, they aim to tell the stories that affect us all, and this is a great example of how performance can tell really important stories in an engaging, exciting and accessible way. 

Online resources for health, education and wellbeing 

New for adults, young people, children and families;  

BBC Sounds  Need some music to accompany your morning run or home workout? Try out these new pace setter mixes. From dance hits to upbeat pop these tunes will keep you motivated. 

Autism Hounslow every Tuesday and Thursday there is an opportunity to try and learn Shintaido - a Japanese Martial Art - through online sessions designed specifically for autistic people to ease the mind, tone the body and meet people who understand because like you they love and care for an autistic child.  

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are running Football Development live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday, for age groups 3 to 6 and 7 to 11yrs.  

Osterley National Trust Park and Garden The garden and car park at Osterley have reopened, you’ll need to book your tickets by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Tickets are released every Friday.   

OurParks New Sessions Over 10 classes are currently available for free, online per day via Facebook Live and Youtube LiveNew lunchtime sessions have also been added so you can access a range of sessions at any time of the day.    

Active at Home for older adults the new booklet from Public Health England provides practical guidance to older adults on activities they can undertake at home in order to maintain their strength and balance.   

LYG Virtual Games is open to all children and young people from Hounslow until 4th July. There is still time to get involved- check out the leader board with the latest Borough standings which is updated every week. #ThisIsLYG.  

Hounslow Cycling sessions in conjunction with Bikeworksis for anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough. Free ‘Dr Bike’ bike servicing also available, click here for the schedule. 

NHS Fitness Studio  has some great new workout routines that you can do anytime, anywhere including, aerobics, belly dancing, pilates and yoga. 

Visit for more support and information.

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