Keep Tower Hamlets open + free support for aspiring entrepreneurs

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Let's keep Tower Hamlets open for business

With Tower Hamlets back open for business, we all have a part to play to stay open. By remaining vigilant, following advice and getting a test if experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, we can protect ourselves and our community.

Please continue to help stop the spread of the virus by keeping a safe distance from people outside of your household, regularly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and wearing a face covering when instructed to do so. Make sure you're up to date with all of the latest information so together we can keep Tower Hamlets safe. 

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Starting up? Start here!

Our Idea Stores team has partnered with the British Library, which is offering free support to early stage and aspiring entrepreneurs through its Business & IP Centre. There are webinars and online workshops on intellectual property, business planning and marketing – to help you get your business off to the best start possible.

Sign up to get more information, or email our Tower Hamlets Business Champion on to arrange a one-to-one.

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Don't forget your face covering

A reminder that you now need to wear a face covering in many more indoor public spaces and venues. This includes cinemas, places of worship, museums, salons, libraries, community centres and more, in addition to shops, public transport and hospitals. 

A face covering should cover both you nose and mouth and fit comfortably but securely against the side of your face. When worn properly, they are a simple way to help protect those around you and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Please remember, while most people can wear a face covering, there are some who cannot for medical or health and safety reasons. We ask everyone to be mindful of this and note that the reason may not be visible to others. 

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Eat Out to Help Out

There's still time to Eat Out to Help Out

Many Tower Hamlets businesses are offering discounts on food and non-alcoholic drinks on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of August, through the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. 

Support your local businesses by visiting a participating restaurant, pub or café to eat and drink, and get up to 50 per cent off your bill. You can go as many times as you like!

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Getting active with Better Health

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kick-start your health and find what works for you. If you are overweight or obese, lowering your weight can help reduce your risk of developing serious illness. 

The new Better Health initiative provides a range of tools to help you make healthy eating choices, get more active and lose weight, including:

  • a free app to help you plan your weight loss
  • a diabetes prevention programme
  • information about other weight loss programmes
  • different ways to get active

If you're looking to lose weight, you can also check out the free local support available in Tower Hamlets. 

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Don't delay getting a test if you have Covid-19 symptoms

If you experience Covid-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), make sure you book a test straight away. You need to get the test done in the first five days of having symptoms. 

NHS Test and Trace is a national programme working to make sure that anyone with symptoms can get tested quickly. Mobile testing units are operating in the borough and are another way to get tested, alongside ordering a home testing kit. The next mobile testing dates are 16, 19 and 22 August.

We are also asking you to share your thoughts on the Test and Trace programme so that we can make sure it's as effective as possible in Tower Hamlets. 

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please book a test immediately – do not wait.

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How has Covid-19 impacted your family?

University College London wants to learn more about the impact of Covid-19 on families in Tower Hamlets with young children.

If you live in Tower Hamlets and you are pregnant or have a child who is under five years old, they would like to hear from you. Participants will be rewarded with a £10 shopping voucher.

Survey results will support us to shape our future service offering for families and young children, so please make yourself heard.

Take part > 

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