Coronavirus update: 6 October 2020

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Coronavirus update

 6 October 2020   

Six Rules

Mental health support

Mental Health support

The pandemic has affected all of us. If you are struggling with your mental health, there is support available here.

Travel Corridor update

Updated travel advice and corridors

People arriving into the UK from Turkey, Poland, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba from 4am Saturday 3 October will need to self-isolate for 14 days. For more information and to sign-up to email alerts visit:

Self-isolating advice

Self isolating advice

If you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms or tests positive you must self-isolate to stop the spread of coronavirus. It protects your friends, family and community. Click here for more information.

Remember the rule of six

Rule of six

You can only socialise in groups of up to six people – indoors or outdoors. More information here.

Official QR code for businesses

Test and Trace QR poster

Venues and businesses must display official NHS QR code posters to make it easier for people to check-in. If individuals choose to check-in using the NHS COVID19 app, they won't need to log in via any other route. More information here.

Learn the facts about flu

Flu facts

This winter, with the combined risk of flu and COVID-19, it is important to get your flu vaccination. You may have concerns about getting your flu jab or have heard rumours that make you feel uncomfortable or worried. Make sure you know the facts. Read more about the Flu vaccine and the common misconceptions here.

Don’t take the risk of catching or spreading the flu this winter. Protect yourself and others by having your flu jab.

Flu vaccinations – residents over 65 years old being invited now

Flu over 65's

Most Hounslow GP surgeries have received their stock of flu vaccine for patients who are over 65 years old. If you are in this age group, your practice will contact you by letter or text with information about where and when to get your flu jab.

Some GP surgeries are waiting to receive their vaccines for patients aged 15 to 64. Vaccine deliveries are being staggered and there have been some delays. If you are eligible for the free flu vaccine, but you are under 64 years old, please wait for your surgery to contact you with more information about when and where to go to get your flu jab. This may be in a few weeks, as there is a focus on vaccinating those most seriously at risk from flu first.

Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month recognises how British society has been enriched and made stronger thanks to the people who travelled here to build new lives. It also celebrates the achievements and contributions of their descendants.

Throughout October 2020, we are putting on a number of events to support the borough’s BAME community, with a particular focus on supporting BAME residents through challenges which have arisen due to coronavirus. More information about the events taking place this month here.

Employers Fair for BAME residents as part of Black History Month

Ealing and Hounslow CVS

Hounslow Council, in partnership with the Met Police, the NHS, Job Centre and the Department for Work and Pensions and many others, is hosting a virtual employers fair to support our residents into employment and training on Thursday 8 October. This webinar aims to help raise awareness of the recruitment drives, apprenticeship opportunities, skills courses and transitioning into new career paths.

COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on the BAME community, with many residents working in ‘at-risk’ jobs and BAME residents facing many unique issues, for example a language barrier and poor knowledge of navigating for employment opportunities and bureaucracies are to name but a few. Register here

Area Forums return – submit your questions

track and trace

We’re hosting our first area forum since lockdown on Thursday, 8 October.

The Central Hounslow Area Forum will take place virtually on and starts at 5.30pm. You’ll be able to submit questions on the night or you can at email them ahead of the event to We will try to ensure all emailed questions are addressed.

Topics of discussion include the Council’s new approach to community engagement, and recovery support for businesses. More information about the forum here.

Ivybridge estate play area transformed


Hounslow Council has worked with Groundwork, a federation of charities, to transform a well-used play area into an exciting new play facility at the Ivybridge estate in Isleworth for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. The £290,000 revamp, secured by Sport England, has been officially opened by Cllr Lily Bath, Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Inclusion and Deputy Leader of the Council. It features multi-use pitches, running track, swings and climbing features, a street snooker space, table tennis table and newly landscaped seating area. Read more about the play area improvements here. 

New family homes at Sparrow Farm Drive almost complete

Sparrow Farm

Hounslow Council and United Living New Homes have marked the significant progress on site at Sparrow Farm Drive with a topping out ceremony.

The site will provide 100 per cent socially rented family homes for local people, including 15 two-bed and 10 three-bed homes, while also providing three wheelchair-adapted homes. Read more about the project here.

Help shape the future of the high street

Hounslow High Street

Residents are invited to have your say on the future of the borough’s four main town centres: Brentford, Chiswick, Feltham, and Hounslow. 

Our town centres have always been vibrant places with thriving shops and very few vacant units. However, the pandemic has resulted in a drop in customer footfall, impacting businesses and jobs caused by quickly changing resident habits, such as a move to online shopping, and different work patterns.

We want to understand the needs and ambitions of the local community for their town centres; It is therefore vital that residents and businesses participate in this survey to help guide the future character and offer of our town centres.

The deadline to share your views is 18 October. 

Read more about the survey and how you can shape the future of the high street.

Calls for action to protect creative industries


In response to Cineworld’s announcement that it’s temporarily closing all of its UK cinemas, Hounslow Council has called for an effective package of measures to support venues and their employees who face losing their jobs. 

Read the full statement from Cllr Shantanu Rajawat, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services.

We are Undefeatable 

We are Undefeatable

We are Undefeatable is a campaign which encourages people with a range of long-term health conditions to be more active, outdoors and inside, this autumn.

You can find an activity that is right for you here

Clean Air Day

clean air day

We all have a part to play to keep our air clean. Together let’s make 8 October 2020 the cleanest Clean Air Day yet and feel the difference.

During the COVID-19 lockdown we experienced cleaner air and saw massive shifts to low pollution behaviours. Let’s keep up the momentum by changing our habits day to day.

To help keep you, your family, friends and colleagues safe, we will be supporting this year's campaign with lots of online activity for you to be a part of. Use the Personal Air Pollution Calculator to work out your individual contribution to air pollution and find out how you could make changes to your daily routine.

For more information on Clean Air Day, please visit here

Charge up for free on Clean Air Day!

Free charge

To help promote Clean Air Day our lamppost charge point supplier, Ubitricity are letting everyone charge from their charge points free of charge on Clean Air Day.

To find your nearest Ubitricity EV socket visit:

Walk to School Week

Street tag walk to school week

Walk to School Week is a five-day walking challenge for primary school children between 5 and 9 October.

It's a fun and engaging week-long activity, built to make pupils experience first-hand the importance of walking to school. Each pupil will be challenged to walk, cycle, scoot to school every day for one week. Walking to school is safer and easier than ever with our range of School Streets across the borough.

Why not download the Street Tag, which turns Hounslow into a virtual playground. Join the Hounslow leaderboard and earn points for every journey. 

Last chance to sign up for the Mini London Marathon

London Mini Marathon

This year, children and schools can take part in the Mini London Marathon by completing 2.6 miles at their own pace. Registration closes on Friday 9 October and participants have until Friday 23 October to complete the mini marathon miles. 

Find out more information on the Virgin Money Giving London Marathon website.

What can you do this autumn in Hounslow?

One you Hounslow

We've put together a useful pool of resources for some activity inspiration

Events and Days Out

What’s on in Hounslow  local activities and events

Hounslow Urban Farm learn all about farm animals 

Syon Park Gardens visit the beautiful historic gardens 

Chiswick House Gardens enjoy 65 acres of gardens 

Osterley Park & House a Georgian country estate

Gunnersbury Park beautiful parkland and museum

Getting Active

Tips to get started

Explore with Street Tag

Couch to 5K

Couch to Fitness

Health Walks  

Get Active Map

Nature, Arts & Crafts


Activities from Fields in Trust

Support Wildlife at Home


Online Education Resources

PE in schools

PE with Joe Wicks

Hounslow Adult and Community Education

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