Coronavirus update: 7 July 2020

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7 July 2020   

Enjoy summer safely

Enjoy summer safely

We can all play our part in reducing the risk of transmission of the coronavirus, keeping the R number down and enjoying our summer safely. 

Here are the top tips:

  • Keep your distance from people outside your household
  • Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household or support bubble
  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
  • Keep indoor places well ventilated
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Work from home if you can
  • If you have to travel (for example, to work or school), think about how and when you travel
  • Wear a face covering on public transport and in busy enclosed spaces like shops
  • Avoid shouting or singing close to people outside your household or support bubble
  • Reduce the number of people you spend time with in a work setting
  • Wash your clothes regularly
  • When at work or in business or public premises, follow the advice on site

You can find more information here.

Guidance for vulnerable residents


From this week, the guidance has changed 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 support offer has been extended: those shielding can still get a food box, care and/or medicine delivery until 31 July if they want them and have registered online by 17 July. 

The Government has written a letter, which will be sent out to all individuals on the Shielded Patient List with updated information on shielding advice and the ongoing support that will be available to them.    

This letter has been translated into various languages and made to be more accessible. You can find out more here.   

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

Read the full announcement on the Government’s website  

You can read the full guidance here 

Feltham and Heston libraries will open tomorrow 

Library services

Three libraries in the borough are set to reopen as part of Hounslow Council’s phased library reopening programme. Feltham and Heston libraries will reopen tomorrow (8 July) followed by Chiswick Library next Monday (13 July)  

We have put a range of health and safety measures in place to minimise risk for staff and members of the public. These include social distancing, frequent cleaning and limiting the number of people in the building at one time.  

The libraries will initially be operating with reduced hours, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm and visitors will be able to access a ‘browse, borrow and return’ service only. 

Library computers will not be available for the public to access immediately. However, this service is under review and will be offered at a later date as part of the phased reopening programme.  

While physical library buildings have been closed, Hounslow Libraries has continued to provide the Library at Home service; delivering books, DVDs and puzzles to vulnerable residents who are isolating in their own homes during the coronavirus pandemic.  

The School Library Service has also continued, enabling all schools across the borough to have access to a wide range of library books.  

You can visit our website for more information about library services and the reopening programme.    

TfL face covering exemption card 

TFL face covering exemption card

If you travel on public transport you must wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth for your entire journey, including in stations, unless you are exempt.

Exemptions include people who have trouble breathing, children under the age of eleven and anyone who finds it difficult to manage them correctly.

To support people who are exempt from wearing a face covering, Transport for London has introduced an exemption card that can be printed off and carried with you, or displayed on your phone, which you can show if you are asked why you aren’t wearing a face covering.

If you are exempt from wearing a face covering, you can download and print the face covering exemption card.

If you do not have a printer or a smartphone, you can contact TfL and they will print and post a card to you. Call 0343 222 1234 (charges may apply). 

Cabinet Question Time

Cabinet virtual meeting

We will be hosting a virtual Cabinet Question Time next Thursday 16 July, from 7pm. We would love for our residents to join us. You can quiz Hounslow's Cabinet on issues that are important to you. We encourage you to send in your questions beforehand, please email

For more information including how to log onto the event please visit our website

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out of school activities 

Outdoor playground

The Government has published guidance for parents and carers for children attending out of school activities. The guidance covers changes to after-school clubs, holiday clubs, tuition, community activities and other out-of-school settings for children and young people over the age of 5 during the coronavirus outbreak. 

You can read the guidance on the Government’s website 

Travelling abroad and self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries 

travelling abroad

Passengers returning to or visiting England from certain destinations including Germany, France, Spain and Italy, will no longer need to self-isolate on arrival from this Friday.   

All passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK.  

You can find out more on the Government’s website 

Mobile testing available this Thursday and Sunday 


There is a range of local testing options available to you, including a Mobile Testing Site with a mixture of walk-through and drive-through appointments available this Thursday and Sunday at the Private Car Park on Hanworth Road, TW3 3TY. For more information, please click here.  

NHS Test and Trace is an essential part of the Government’s response to stopping the spread of coronavirus and to save lives. Get tested and do your bit to protect your friends and family. 

NHS Test and Trace  

Contact tracers NHS test and trace

If you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, you will not be asked to provide any passwords, bank account details or pin numbers. 

Find out more about how NHS Test and Trace works.  

New funding stream available for voluntary and community organisations 

hub volunteers

Local voluntary and community organisations can now apply for the first round of the Thriving Communities: Hounslow Response Fund focusing on recovery. This fund will help to support the voluntary and community sector to create, engage and deliver long term recovery projects to help the residents of the borough.   

The fund enables charities or community groups impacted by coronavirus to apply for grants of up to £50,000. There will be three rounds of funding available. 

Key areas that we are particularly interested in funding are: 

  • Digital inclusion 
  • Unemployment or underemployment as a result of coronavirus, including support to find employment, develop skills and retrain 
  • Mental health 
  • Young people 
  • Sustainable response to food  insecurity 

Visit our  website for more information. 

Flexible furlough scheme  


The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October and will continue to support jobs and business in a measured way as people return to work, our economy reopens, and the country moves to the next stage of its recovery. 

Employers will now have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis. 

Individual firms will decide the hours and shift patterns their employees will work on their return, so that they can decide on the best approach for them - and will be responsible for paying their wages while in work 

You can find out more about the flexible furlough scheme on the Government’s website 

MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August

MOT testing

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as coronavirus restrictions are slowly lifted, roads minister Baroness Vere has announced this week.   

All drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.  

Drivers with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive a six-month exemption from testing. However, all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition, and people are able to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish, even if they are exempt from the legal requirement.  

You can find out more about this announcement on the Government’s website and read the guidance here. 

Spot the signs of modern slavery

Crimstoppers Modern Slavery

There are a number of signs that may indicate someone is the victim of modern day slavery.

They include: 

  • Abuse or malnourishment 
  • Appearing to be under the influence of others
  • No access to identification documents
  • Living in overcrowded accommodation

Please don't turn a blind eye. If someone is immediate danger, call the police via 999. You can report any instance of modern slavery anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111. 

You can find further information and more about how to report modern slavery here.

Have your say on the review of the licensing policy  


We have launched a public consultation on a review of licensing policy in the borough and would like to hear from residents, licence holders, schools, stakeholders and other public authorities in Hounslow and neighbouring boroughs. 

The Council is consulting not only because it is a legal requirement, but because the licensing policy potentially affects everyone who operates licensed premises, residents, other businesses and public authorities. Because of this we want to ensure that the widest number of people are able to comment on it, so that changes can be made to the final document to make it more robust, more locally responsive and easier to understand.  

The consultation closes on 27 July 2020 

Amazon Small Business Accelerator 

Amazon Accelerator Course

The Amazon Small Business Accelerator is a free, online educational programme for anyone who wants to start a new online business or grow an existing one.   

The online learning is tailored to your experience level, with a comprehensive curriculum covering website building, selling online, social media, marketing, managing cashflow, selling on Amazon, and identifying growth opportunities.   

Not only is the training free, but by taking part you can access events and offers from,  partners and join an intensive bootcamp experience.   

You can find out more on their website. 

Couch to 5k - week by week support for beginners  


Couch to 5kis a nine-week running programme designed by the NHS for complete beginners. You can download each week as a podcast. This Couch to 5k app gives you a choice of coaches and helps you track your progress. As well as Laura, you can also be coached by celebrities Jo Whiley, Sarah Millican, Sanjeev Kohli or Michael Johnson.  


The programme is designed for beginners to gradually build up their running ability so they can eventually run 5km without stopping. There is lots more tips and advice on the website to help you make a start.   

For more information and other ideas you can visit the OneYou website 

Quit smoking

Quit smoking and stay calm

If you are thinking it's time to quit smoking Good Thinking UK and Stop Smoking London have teamed up to give smokers some great ideas on how to keep calm and quit smoking.

For those that have been diagnosed with a lung condition and are a smoker, now is the time to consider quitting. Smokers are at higher risk of lung infections and of severe complications from coronavirus. Quitting is a positive step you can take to reduce your risk. Find out how #QuitForCovid -   

OneYou Hounslow provides some useful guidance, information and advice on helping you to quit smoking. Find out more on the OneYou Hounslow website.    

Support is also available in a number of languages including Polish and Romanian. Find out more here.

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 learn Shintaido - a Japanese Martial Art - through online sessions designed specifically for autistic people. 

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. 

New Small Group and 1-2-1 Football Sessions at Gunnersbury Park  Brentford FC CST are running new football sessions at the new facilities at Gunnersbury Park. For more information and to book visit

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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