Coronavirus update: 28 July 2020

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28 July 2020   

Travelling abroad this summer

travelling abroad

International travel arrangements, during the coronavirus pandemic, are complex and subject to change. The Government’s advice continues to be that people should not travel abroad unless it is essential. Quarantine arrangements apply to many destinations, unless the country is on the Government’s exempt list. However, as we saw over the weekend in Spain, the situation can change overnight and countries that you could travel to without needing to quarantine can be removed from the exempt list with little or no notice.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office now advises against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands. Travellers must also isolate for 14 days on arrival into the UK. 

If you are planning to travel abroad, please ensure you are aware of any restrictions that might be imposed both for your arrival in that country and on your return to the UK. If you are planning to book or go abroad, ensure you have a suitable plan in place before travelling. 

We advise that you continue to check the Government's website and with your travel provider before travelling.

Last chance to have your say and tell us how you are being affected by the pandemic

Residents survey

We know this is an extremely challenging time for our residents and that the coronavirus pandemic has affected many aspects of your day to day life.

We want to better understand how your life has been affected, how you are feeling now, what support services you are accessing and how Council services can help support your recovery over the coming months.

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.   

Complete the survey here before it closes on Friday 31 July.

Keep everyone safe this summer

Protect others

With lockdown restrictions lifting and parks, shops, restaurants, pubs and other businesses reopening their doors, again here are some handy tips on how to keep yourself and others safe this summer. 

  • Make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, when you get to work or arrive home, after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze and before you eat or handle food.
  • It is now mandatory to wear a face covering, covering your nose and mouth, when using public transport or while shopping, unless exempt. Advice on how to wear and make a face mask can be found on the Government's website.
  • Keep a safe distance from others, up to two metres if possible. 
  • If you are feeling unwell, stay at home. If you believe you have coronavirus symptoms, get tested now using the range of local testing options
  • If you have been shielding and still require support the Councils Community Hub and voluntary organisations are still here to help our most vulnerable residents, with shopping and medication assistance.

Got coronavirus symptoms? Get tested now

test and trace

There is a range of local testing options available to you, including a mobile testing site with a mixture of walk in and drive-through appointments available on Thursday 30 July 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.   

Find out where you can Eat Out to Help Out

Help out Eat out launch

More than 53,000 outlets across the UK have so far signed up to the UK Government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme which begins 3 August. 

As Eat Out to Help Out stickers and posters start to appear in the windows of restaurants, cafes, bars and other establishments, customers who want to take advantage of the scheme are advised to look out for the logo.

The logo means diners that eat-in will benefit from a 50 per cent discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, on food and non-alcoholic drinks, any Monday to Wednesday in August – and no voucher is required. Diners can take advantage of the offer as many times as they like during the month.

To find out which restaurants are participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme in Hounslow you can use the Government's online restaurant finder. Simply enter your postcode, or one near to where you want to eat out, to get a list of participating outlets within a five-mile radius.

New campaign launched to tackle littering throughout UK parks

Love Parks litter campaign

Hounslow Council is launching a new campaign over the summer months as a result of the increases in littering and anti-social behaviour that have been seen since lockdown eased. The national campaign, developed by Keep Britain Tidy, under the umbrella of ‘Love Parks’, features images of real parks staff and park users with quotes that talk about how anti-social behaviour makes them feel, urging visitors to ‘be kind’ to their park.

Councils across the UK have reported clearing up, on average, an extra 57 tonnes of additional waste from their parks.

Litter ruins the environment and puts added pressure on Hounslow’s Greenspace 360 crews who have been working in challenging conditions over the past few months. Furthermore, littered materials create a genuine hazard for wild animals, who can become injured or entangled by dumped items.

See full details here.

Hounslow leisure centres plan a phased return

Heston pools and fitness

Hounslow leisure centres, operated by Fusion Leisure, are planning a phased return following the guidance from the Government that indoor gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools could reopen from 25 July. 

The council is working with Fusion to establish plans to ensure the strict new criteria can be met and the facilities can reopen safely, enabling our residents and customers to enjoy them once again and include them in their fitness and exercise plans.

The priority is that all our residents, customers and staff are protected from the virus, and customers can have full confidence that the centres are entirely safe to use. This means that the centres will not reopen from the 25 July, and when they do reopen, it is likely to be in a phased way. Read more here.

Hounslow families urged not to miss out on free childcare

Pre school

Parents and carers in Hounslow are being urged not to miss out on a free early years education place for their child in September.  

The free early education places can be accessed in day nurseries, pre-schools, school nursery classes and with childmindersDespite these early years settings opening their doors on 1 June, the number of children accessing their free early education place has been low. Read more

Booking system introduced at Space Waye

Reuse and Recycling centre

A convenient online booking platform for Space Waye Reuse and Recycling Centre has launched, visitors arriving in cars will now require an appointment for entry to the site from Monday 3 August.

The new system will reduce queuing at Space Waye by permitting visitors to book a 30-minute slot for unloading. Trade customers will continue to access Space Waye without the need for a booking via Heron Way (Gate 3).

For more information and to make a booking, please visit

Family offer for Hounslow residents to enjoy London Transport Museum's Depot

London Transport Museum Depot

The London Transport Museum Depot in Acton Town, which is rarely open to the public, will be throwing open its doors for a special 10-day summer family fun season for the first time from 19 August.

Families living in Hounslow can enjoy 1/3 off adult and child tickets when they book their timed tickets online and we are keen to let people know they can benefit from the offer if they are thinking of visiting.

Find out more and book on the London Transport Museum website.

What can you do this Summer in Hounslow?


With the summer holidays now in full swing, we've put together a useful pool of resources for some inspiration over the next 6 weeks. 

Events & Days Out In Hounslow

Osterley Park & House – a Georgian country estate

Arts & Crafts

Activities For Kids from Fields in Trust From designing a dream park to making faces and a fun parks wordsearch, we've plenty to help the kids be creative!

Rainbows of Feltham. Compete in the Rainbows of Feltham competition and showcase your creative rainbow contributions across Feltham in support of the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Email your entries into or tag @rainbows_of_feltham on Instagram. Closing date for entries is Monday 31 August at 12pm.

This week Hogarth Youth Centre are hosting a range of activities including; Multi-Sports, Jewellery making, Art workshop, Senior project, Cooking, Drama workshop, Junior project, Intermediate project, Music production, Discussion Group. Sessions are running Monday 27 to Thursday 30 July between 12noon and 9pm. To sign up email

Get Active Outside

OurParks are once again welcoming Parkers to join them for a free outdoor fitness session. To join, all attendees must pre-book in line with Government guidelines. Only participants booked onto this session will be allowed to take part. Bootcamp @ Redlees Park from Saturday 1 August 2020 & Bootcamp @ Hanworth Park from Sunday 2 August 2020 Book your OurParks session here!

Plogolution has been set up to help support communities that are dedicated to protecting the environment. They arrange regular ‘plogs’ which are run/walk and rubbish pickups. There are two routes available so anyone, no matter fitness level can take part and help clean up the local community. Prior booking is compulsory to ensure we adhere to Government Guidelines. The next plog will take place in August, keep an eye on the website for more information.

Activities for Families Free sessions of Family learning fun at Donkey Wood from Let’s go Outside and Learn! Pre- book to guarantee your place! Email to book

Xplorer Orienteering is now available at Hanworth Park and Bedfont Lakes Country Park. To ensure safety of all Park users, users must always follow government advice and stay two metres apart from those outside of their household at all times. Download your free map here.  

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

Feltham P+C Boxing Club are running Boxing activities for young people aged 13-20 at Redlees Park every Wednesday this August. Visit the website for more information and to book.

Green Gym  The Green Gym® is an innovative way to get physically active and make a difference to your local environment. Activities take place in the beautiful Pevensey Road Open Space. Get in touch for more information.

Dr Bikes return at Osterley from Saturday 1 August 10am – 12pm, thereafter  first Saturday of each month.

Harlequins Foundation Weekly Rugby Hub for ages 14 to 16 years, every Wednesday night at 6.00 pm. To sign up email

Cycle Hire at Osterley Park and House  

The National Trust have opened their cycle hire at Osterley Park located on the Front Lawn. There are bikes for all ages but please bring your own helmet if possible. There are strict cleaning procedures in place. Cycle hire will be open Wednesday – Sundays in August from 10am-4pm (last hire 3pm).  For more details go to

Summer Cycle at Kew Gardens Bring your bike along to Kew to celebrate summer with an evening bike ride on 13 August 5:30pm-8:30pm. Bikes aren’t usually allowed in the gardens, so this is a unique opportunity to explore Kew Gardens on bike. Attached a photo. To book go to

Activity Inspiration Online

Couch to 5k is a weekly running programme designed by the NHS for complete beginners. The Couch to 5K app gives you a choice of coaches and helps you track your progress. 

Brentford  FC Community Sports Trust  have added some new free online fitness sessions including Tabata, Morning Stretch and Yoga for Beginners. Visit the website to book.

OurParks also offer a great range of online sessions during the week, including free live Yoga every evening. Just, register, sign in and book your next online class! Book your next online class!

Positive Movement  runs 3 weekly online sessions as part of the Model City programme in Bedfont, Feltham & Hanworth. The project aims to improve mental well-being and combat social isolation in the community through fitness and sport.

We Are Undefeatable are supporting people with a range of long term health conditions to find ways to be active, see the website for more activity inspiration.  

Move Crew, UK active Kids. Each mission will help kids unlock their 60 minutes of daily activity. Dance missions, Super sessions, and the Loot scoot are just some of this week’s Move Crew missions.

Whizz Kids, Wheelchair skills clubs. Over the summer holidays, Whizz-Kidz is continuing to run weekly online activity sessions, such as wheelchair self-defence, eco-gardening from home, adapted yoga etc, for YWCUs. Sign up here.

Harlequins Foundation online live workout sessions, join in via Instagram by searching @harlequinsfoundation. 

Skipz Productions online classes for children aged six plus. A range of dance, drama, singing, origami and a detective class are on offer. All classes will take place Monday - Friday at 3.30-4.30pm via Zoom.

 For more activity inspiration visit

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