⚠️ Covid-19 cases are rising in Tower Hamlets ⚠️ And more local news...

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COVID cases are rising - Get tested if you have symptoms

Covid-19 cases increase in Tower Hamlets

In recent weeks there has been a rise in cases of Covid-19 across London and we now know that the highest number of positive test results in London are among people aged 20-29.

In line with what we are seeing in London, cases are also on the rise in Tower Hamlets. We are concerned about this and want to make sure that numbers of cases do not continue to increase. In June, there were 37 cases of Covid-19 recorded in Tower Hamlets; this rose to 131 cases in August.

Some of the most common activities or events among people of all ages who test positive include going on holiday, eating out, shopping, travel and commuting.

Doing the things we enjoy makes us feel more positive, but it’s crucial that we do these fun things safely.

We are urging all residents to continue to protect their family, friends and community by following government advice and staying alert to the risks of Covid-19. Remember:

By remaining vigilant and all playing our part, we can keep Tower Hamlets safe and open for business.

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Food businesses going the extra mile to serve healthy food

We have relaunched our Food for Health Awards with ambitious new criteria for food businesses to help people make healthier choices.

In order to receive a bronze, silver or gold award, restaurants, cafés and takeaway venues need to demonstrate that they are going the extra mile to serve healthy and nutritious food. This includes providing added fruit and vegetables, cooking with less fat, sugar and salt, and offering healthy food swaps.

Keep an eye out for eateries in Tower Hamlets with a Food for Health certificate – it means they’re committed to supporting your health. If you run a food business, you can apply online.

Find out more > 

School applications

Apply now for nursery, primary or secondary school places starting September 2021

Parents and carers in Tower Hamlets can now apply for places at their chosen nursery, primary or secondary schools in the borough, starting in September 2021.

Applications opened on Tuesday 1 September and deadlines vary by age group:

  • Apply to secondary schools by Saturday 31 October 2020.
  • Apply to primary schools by Friday 15 January 2021.
  • Apply for nursery by Tuesday 16 February 2021.

Learn more in a series of short videos, which explain how and when to apply: nursery, primary and secondary.

More information >

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Keeping young people safe from violence and exploitation

We want to make sure that Tower Hamlets is a place where every child and young person is healthy, safe and successful.

Even though most children and young people are safe in our borough, some are affected by serious violence, criminal and sexual exploitation, which have devastating consequences for them and their families.

We are seeking your views on our violence, vulnerability and exploitation (VVE) strategy, which aims to ensure that every child and young person in Tower Hamlets is kept safe from violence and exploitation and is supported to achieve their aspirations.

Learn more >

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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 our borough 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.

Fill in the survey >

And what's on this weekend?

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Check out Dancing City this Saturday 

If you’ve been missing going to live performances, Dancing City is a great chance to experience an exciting outdoor dance programme, in person! The annual colourful spectacular is returning to Canary Wharf this Saturday 5 September from 1pm - 5pm, as part of the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival.

Dancing City has been reinvented so that social distancing is maintained for both the performances and audience experience. The free event programme also includes some fantastic larger-scale outdoor theatre pieces, with reduced capacities to ensure that the festival experience is a safe and enjoyable one for everyone.

What's on >

Victoria Park

Musical theatre at Vicky Park this Sunday 

We're presenting an exciting outdoor live music event in partnership with Victoria Park Friends and Geoids Musical Theatre, featuring some of your favourite songs from the last 90 years of musical theatre!

The concert will take place at the Victoria Park Bandstand this Sunday 6 September from 2pm - 4pm.

The event will strictly adhere to the government's Covid-secure guidelines, with physical distancing measures in place.

Concert details > 

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