COVID-19 update: 02 December 2020

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02 December 2020

A video message from the Director of Public Health, Kelly O'Neill

Kelly O'Neill

In this video Hounslow's Director of Public Health, Kelly O'Neill sets out the latest COVID-19 figures and new Tier 2 restrictions.

She appeals to residents to play their part and not let their guard down. We all want to avoid Tier 3 and further restrictions in our borough.

Watch here

New COVID-19 restrictions

Tier 2 Guidelines

The new local Tier 2 High Alert COVID-19 restrictions come into effect from today (2 December).

The Government will review the restrictions every 14 days, with the first review by 16 December.

View all the new rules here

Christmas Celebrations

Christmas restrictions

There will be special restrictions for five days over the Christmas period, the Government has announced.

With Christmas just over three weeks away, we are encouraging everyone to be vigilant when doing their shopping to help limit COVID-19 infection rates. Protect yourself and those who are most vulnerable by shopping locally and online to minimise risk.

Find out more

Got COVID-19 symptoms? Get tested now.

Coronavirus mobile testing

It is vital to get tested if you think you have symptoms.

And remember, you must self-isolate until you get a negative result. 

range of COVID-19 tests are available - you can; 

  • Order a home test kit 
  • Go to a local walk-through test centre in Feltham and Heston, or 
  • Visit a Mobile Testing Site

You can't access a test without booking in advance online or by calling 119.

You should only book a test if you have symptoms or have been asked to book by the Council or a hospital.

More information

Update on Hounslow leisure centres and public halls

Heston pools and fitness

Today (2 December) the Government’s national lockdown restrictions will lift. Although technically this means that public halls and leisure centres can officially reopen, Hounslow’s leisure centres and public halls will not be reopening on 2 December.

As you may know, before these venues were transferred successfully to Hounslow Council and Lampton Leisure respectively a month ago on 1 November, we announced that the locations would be reopened in stages throughout November and December.

We are delighted to welcome you back to the following locations on their opening dates listed below as part of our first phase:

  • Isleworth Public Hall – Thursday 3 December
  • Heston Village Hall – Friday 4 December
  • Wellington Day Centre – Friday 4 December
  • Chiswick Town Hall – Monday 7 December
  • Osterley Sports & Athletic Centre (running track) – Tuesday 8 December
  • Heston Fitness – Wednesday 9 December / Pools – Monday 21 December

The reopening dates for locations not listed here will follow in a second phase which we will release details of very soon.

We have carried out extensive work to ensure our centres are well-presented and more importantly that we can welcome everyone back safely. Our sites will be deep cleansed prior to opening and we are installing safety measures such as hand-sanitiser stations and COVID-secure signposting, which will ensure staff, members and hirers can keep safe and observe social distancing.

More information and updates on opening dates will follow, and we will keep you informed throughout each phase of the reopening process as closely as we can.

Stay up to date here

Libraries reopening

Cllr Chaudhary

Libraries across the borough are set to reopen for Hounslow residents to browse, borrow and return books from Wednesday 2 December.

Hounslow Council has put a range of health and safety measures in place to minimise risk for staff and members of the public - including quarantining returned stock for 72 hours, limiting entry numbers, enhanced cleaning and only allowing a maximum stay of 30 minutes. 

Library computers are available to use but customers must call their local library or book their slot online. Click and collect and reservation services will continue as normal.

The following libraries will be operating with reduced hours:

  • Beavers Library
  • Bedfont Library
  • Chiswick Library
  • Cranford Library
  • Feltham Library
  • Heston Library
  • Osterley Library
  • Brentford Library

The libraries are still closed at Hanworth and Isleworth Leisure Centres and Hounslow House.

Hounslow Libraries’ online services are open 24/7, BorrowBox is a free app that allow users to easily access digital services from their local libraries in Hounslow.

More information

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