Test and trace, keeping the faith and meet the silly squad

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Test and trace

Book a Covid-19 test if you have symptoms

NHS Test and Trace is a national programme working to make sure that anyone who develops Covid-19 symptoms can be tested quickly. It also helps trace recent contacts of anyone who tests positive and if necessary, notify them so that they can stay at home and help stop the spread of the virus.

It is an essential feature of efforts to keep Tower Hamlets safe and drive down the rates of infection and transmission.

Mobile testing units are operating in the borough and are another way to get tested for coronavirus, alongside ordering a home testing kit. An additional mobile unit will be back near Canary Wharf on Friday 17 July.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please book a test immediately.

Book a test >

Wash your hands

Stay on top of the guidance to protect yourself and others

A reminder that the government's guidance on what you should and shouldn't be doing to help tackle Covid-19 is being regularly reviewed and updated.

Please check the guidance and make sure you're familiar with the current measures, including details of what is allowed from certain dates throughout July.  

As more places begin to reopen, regular handwashing is as important as ever. When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

The government has also announced that it will become compulsory to wear a face covering in shops from Friday 24 July. You can read about this on the BBC News website, and we will update you when further advice is available. 

This is in addition to everyone already needing to wear a face covering on public transport, when visiting a hospital or in busy places where social distancing is more difficult. 

Stay alert, stay safe >

York Hall

Help shape streets around Old Ford Road

We’d like to hear ideas from residents and local businesses on what improvements they would like to see on streets around Old Ford Road in Bethnal Green.

If this is you, please take part in one of our online workshops, where we'll look at how to tackle issues such as road safety, air quality and traffic congestion. 

Please book your place by registering before Sunday 19 July.

Join an online workshop >


Welcoming the reopening of faith buildings

We are pleased to see that faith communities are beginning to reopen their buildings for worship in Tower Hamlets.

It has been a long time since people have been able to come together for worship and we are grateful for all the work that has taken place to allow this to happen safely. 

The Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum and the council have worked with partners from across our faith communities and Public Health England to provide guidance and training to help keep people safe.

Some places of worship have now reopened, including the East London Mosque, but others are still working on how they can open safely. Please continue to worship at home if your usual faith building is closed.

More on safe worship >

Trinity Square Gardens

Trinity Square Gardens closed for now

Trinity Square Gardens is now closed for just over a month while officers carry out essential works. We expect it to reopen in mid August. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but hope you can still enjoy our many other parks and green spaces in Tower Hamlets.

We have more than 120 parks in the borough, which are listed on our website as an A - Z guide of Tower Hamlets parks.

Your nearest parks to Trinity Square Gardens are Tower Hill Terrace, Swedenborg Gardens, and Wapping Gardens.

Map of local parks >

Shadwell Basin reminder

Do not swim in Shadwell Basin

With warm weather on the horizon, we are reminding people not to take the risk of swimming in the Shadwell Basin, however tempting it may appear to be.

It is dangerous and potentially deadly – even strong swimmers have been killed in recent years.

There are hidden and dangerous objects underneath the water and the cold water shock can be lethal.

Summer reading challenge 2

Take on our Summer Reading Challenge

The Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge is coming to our Idea Stores and this year's event is celebrating happiness, fun and laughter.

Join the Silly Squad as they get up to all sorts of mischief and mayhem in some of the best books around. Children taking part can borrow books from our eLibrary for free. Sign up to the challenge and let the fun begin.

Or if stories suit your little ones better, just a reminder that our Idea Store staff are still providing Story Time online at 10.30am daily, Monday to Saturday.

We hope to have our Idea Stores open as soon as it is safe for us to do so - watch this space!

Take the challenge >

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