New opening hours for Vicky Park, a roundup of our response so far and thanks to our terrific teachers

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New opening hours and safety measures for Victoria Park

From Saturday 16 May, Victoria Park will be open 7am - 5pm (east side) and 7.30am - 5pm (west side) daily.

Safety measures have been revised and relaxed in response to new government guidance. You can visit the park for exercise or recreation on your own or with any number of people from your own household. You can meet one person only from another household while staying two metres apart. If you, or anyone in your household, has symptoms, you should all stay at home.

Please respect other visitors, as well as our staff and volunteers. With your help we can continue to to keep Victoria Park open and safe for you. Please visit for the latest information.

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coronavirus updates

The threat remains - please keep staying at home

The government recently announced small steps towards easing some of the lockdown restrictions in England, which included some changes that came into place on Wednesday 13 May.

It is very clear the threat from this virus is not over and we must not be complacent. 

Please read the latest government advice, including frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do. This includes advice for vulnerable groups -  such as those that are shielding due to being at high risk of becoming seriously ill from coronavirus -  and guidance on going to work, public transport, schools and childcare, enforcement and more.

The threat of coronavirus hasn’t gone away and we are working with other London councils as well as Public Health England to keep our residents safe as the response moves into its next phase.

Local coronavirus advice >

Coronavirus infographic

We're here for the community in this time of crisis

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, council staff have been working tirelessly to reshape essential services, to make the best use of technology and to respond to the needs of our most vulnerable residents. 

We have worked closely with partners and with more than 2,000 outstanding volunteers to be there when it matters for residents, community organisations and businesses in our borough. 

We know that as the government's response to coronavirus moves into the next phase, attention will inevitably shift away from the frontline. Our commitment, however, will continue. For more information about the support available and for ways to get in touch, please visit

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New parents

New parents! Don’t miss out on healthcare for your baby

Although birth registrations with registrars across the country are temporarily suspended, parents are being encouraged to put their newborn baby’s name down with a GP as soon as possible, so that they don’t miss out on vital health services.

It’s important you tell your GP that you have a new baby in the family so that you can access health services such as the infant six to eight week check and the immunisation programme.

The process to put your baby’s name on your GP's list has been simplified during the pandemic.

Find out more >

Thank a Teacher Day

Get creative and tell us why your teacher is the best

It's national Thank a Teacher Day on Wednesday 20 May and to celebrate we’re inviting your contributions that will be shared on social media next week.

You can record a short video, draw a picture of your favourite teacher or write a simple message of thanks. Don’t forget to tell us the name of your teacher and your school.

Please send your contributions to @TowerHamletsNow on Twitter using the hashtag #ThankATeacher.

Find out more >

Shadwell Basin safety warning

Do not swim in Shadwell Basin - whatever the weather

Swimming in Shadwell Basin is strictly forbidden.

It might look tempting to take a dip during the hot weather, but it is extremely dangerous. Sadly, people have drowned in this basin. Do not take the risk.

Enforcement officers regularly patrol the area to help ensure people are doing the right thing. Anyone swimming in the basin will be in breach of our by-laws.


Breaking the silence on discrimination

Sunday 17 May is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

This year's theme is Breaking the Silence. Campaigners will be speaking up in a special online event against the violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBT+ people, around the world and more locally. 

A virtual candlelit vigil will be held to show respect and support to those whose lives hae been affected by any form of hatred.

The event will take place from 5pm - 6pm this Sunday. For instructions on how to join, email

Pledge against hate >

Virtual meeting

Planning meetings go virtual

From next week, the council’s planning committees will be meeting in a virtual environment to determine the future of developments in the borough. The committees will maintain all the same powers and responsibilities but will consider planning applications in online meetings rather than in person.

Members of the public can still watch and follow the discussions. The Strategic Development Committee will be the first to meet, next Thursday, at 5.30pm.

Watch online >

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