Your coronavirus update: You can tested this weekend in Waltham Forest even if you don't have symptoms

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Leader of the Council Clare Coghill green background

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 

Walthom Forest

On the weekend before Christmas, I want to again urge all residents to take action now to help protect yourself and your families. 

Whether you have symptoms or not, you can get tested in Waltham Forest this weekend. We know it's worrying if you're having to visit elderly relatives at this time, or you feel unwell and aren't sure if it's Covid-19 or not. I urge you, whether you have symptoms or not to get tested this weekend. 

We have two existing walk-in sites that are ready to test high numbers of residents, which are open all weekend between 7am - 9pm:  

  • Stanley Road car park, Leyton E10 7EQ 
  • Linford Road car park, Walthamstow E17 3LS 

If you can’t walk to Stanley Road or Linford Road we also have other mobile sites available across borough again this weekend. Please be mindful, these sites will be busier as they are smaller sites, but will be open from 9am - 3pm: 

  • Richmond Road car park, Chingford, E4 7BN (only open Saturday)
  • Church Lane car park, Leytonstone, E11 1HG (open Saturday and Sunday) 

You can read the full list of sites on our website.

I'd like to take the time to thank every resident and business who has donated to our winter appeal. With a phenomenal £50,000 raised so far, this will go a long way to support our vulnerable residents this Christmas. This year has been so challenging for us all and once again the community spirit in Waltham is truly inspirational. The crowdfunder is still open for a couple more days so if your situation allows it, you can donate here. Have a great weekend, and please do stay safe.

Keeping safe at Christmas


If you need to form a Christmas bubble next week, you must take immediate action to protect your family's safety.

This weekend will be extremely busy in our shopping areas of the borough, so please do take care to protect yourself. 

If you are meeting with a bubble next week, you need to make sure you socially distance from anyone you don't live with. Reducing the risk of infection is paramount, and you must do this to protect your loved ones. 

And remember, smaller is safe this Christmas. Just because the maximum for Christmas bubbles is up to three households, try and keep this as small as possible if you can. 

Keeping each other safe is the best gift we can give this Christmas. 

Stay safe this Christmas

Mask up this weekend

Test and Trace

Due to very high coronavirus rates, we're in Tier 3 on the run up to Christmas. It's vital that you take every measure you can to reduce the risk of catching Covid-19. 

If you can, reducing your journeys will really help to reduce the risk of infection.

If you do need to go out this weekend you must wear your face covering if you are able to. This includes in shops, on public transport or any time that you cannot keep apart from others. If you need a face covering, you can still order one on our website. 

It's also really important to keep apart from anyone you do not live with and wash your hands regularly. 

Let's keep protecting each other. 

Tier 3 rules 



Information and advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing quickly and its important you keep up to date with those changes. The Council will be using email newsletters to keep residents and businesses up to date.

If residents have questions please visit our website, and use live chat to talk to one of our team, it's quicker than phoning.


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