COVID-19 Information

Up-to-date information

For local information and support in Waltham Forest, check the London Borough of Waltham Forest website

For London-wide information, check the Mayor of London’s website.

For NHS information and advice, check the NHS website.

For the latest national information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), check the Government website

Information on testing centres in the borough is available here.

NHS COVID-19 Vaccination leaflets

COVID-19 Vaccination – A guide for older adults

The above leaflet has been translated into: 

Albanian  – Vaksinimi COVID-19 Një udhëzues për të rriturit

Arabic – تطعيم كوفيد-19 دليل للبالغين الكبر سنا

Bengali –কোভিড-19 এর টকাদান  পরপবয়সদের জন্ গাইড
Gujarati-  COVID-19 રસીકરણ પુખ્ત વયનાં લોકો માટેની માર્દર્શકા 
Hindi – कोविड-19 टीकाकरण वयस्को केलिए मार्दर्शका
Punjabi – ਕੋਵਿਡ-19 ਟੀਕਾਕਰਣ ਬਜ਼ੁਰਗਾਂ,ਈ ਇੱਕ ਗਾਈਡ
Polish – Szczepienie przeciwko COVID-19 Przewodnik dla seniorów
Romanian – Vaccinarea împotriva COVID-19 Un ghid de îndrumare pentru persoanele adulte mai în vârstă
Spanish – Vacunación contra la COVID-19 Guía para personas mayores
Tagalog – Pagpapabakuna laban sa COVID-19 Isang gabay para sa mga mas matatanda
Turkish – COVID-19 aşısı İleri yaştaki yetişkinler için rehber

COVID-19 Guide for healthcare workers
COVID-19 Guide for social care workers
COVID-19 What to expect leaflet
COVID-19 Why do I have to wait leaflet
COVID-19 Guide for Pregnant Women (this file contains leaflets in other languages)

Misinformation around COVID-19 vaccine and fertility

See here for response by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives to misinformation around COVID-19 vaccine and fertility.

Four-step roadmap out of lockdown

On 22 February, the Government announced a four-step roadmap to take England out of lockdown.  A brief summary is below. For more detailed information please see the Government website here.

Step 1 – from 8 March, schools and colleges  reopened with all students and teachers being regularly tested. Two people will be allowed to meet outdoors for a chat. Care home residents will be allowed one visitor.

From 29 March, outdoor gatherings of six people (Rule of Six) or two households will be allowed.  Outdoor sports such as football, tennis, golf, basketball will be allowed to resume.  The “Stay-at-home” rule ends but other restrictions will remain.

Step 2 – from 12 April, shops, hairdressers,  public buildings (libraries and community centres), gyms, zoos, the,e parks will reopen. Outdoor hospitality will be allowed. Camp sites and some holiday lets will be allowed to open.

Step 3 – from 17 May, most legal restrictions on meeting outdoors will be lifted although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of Six or two households will apply, Indoor hospitality will be permitted. Other indoor entertainment venues like cinemas will open as will the rest of the accommodation sector. Indoor team sports will resume.  Reduced crowds will be allowed in indoor and outdoor venues for large performances and sporting events.

Finally, before Step 4 begins, the government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission. This will inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which the rules on 1 metre plus, the wearing of face coverings and other measures may be lifted. This will also inform guidance on working from home – which should continue wherever possible until this review is complete.

Step 4 – no earlier than 21 June, the government hopes to be able to remove all legal limits on social contact. They hope to reopen remaining premises including nightclubs, and to ease restrictions on large performances and sporting events in indoor and outdoor venues as well as those fro weddings and other life events.

Let’s keep our children safe

With the pandemic impacting our everyday lives, the East London Health and Care Partnership want to make sure that parents and young people are aware that they are still here to support them. During the national lockdown they are still here to care for babies, children and young people. The lockdown allows you to leave home to get medical care or treatment and they have created safe environments for you to access the care you need when you need it. If your child needs ongoing care, gets unwell and you don’t know what to do or you need urgent and emergency care please don’t hesitate to contact them. Call your GP or call 111 to get advice on what to do next. This leaflet sets out the signs to watch for and explains what care you need in different circumstances. 

There is also a range of information to help you cope during the pandemic including information about different services available to you, resources for families and young people to support your mental health and help you cope with bereavement. Please visit our website as a first step to getting the support you need. This is a tough time for everyone and we want families and young people to stay safe, stay healthy and stay happy. They are here for you when you need them.

Guidance in other languages

The BBC have created videos explaining the latest lockdown rules (from 5 January) in five South Asian languages – Gujarati, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Urdu.  Please click  here.

The GLA have also supported Doctors of the World in producing translated Wellbeing Guidance, which Londoners might find especially useful now that we are in lockdown. These resources and others are available on their Translated COVID hub

Doctors of the World have translated guidance into these different languages: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Hungarian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Romanian, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese. For more information, please click here

Healthwatch Waltham Forest report

We have published a report called ‘How has Coronavirus affected you?   The report can be accessed here  in the 2020-21 tab. We sought to capture the patient voice on health and care services during the pandemic. This report is based on patient experience and service user voice captured, using a survey, during the period of 1st March through to 31st July 2020.

Healthwatch Waltham Forest

We are here to provide information, signposting and guidance during this time. Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to support you with any and all enquiries.

We are running weekly sessions via our Zoom video conference service. We will be providing information, advice and support to residents worried about of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).  They will be taking place: 

Every second Wednesday at 2PM – 3PM

Please e-mail for more information.

To download Zoom, please click here. To see ‘A Users Guide to Zoom, please click here.


This page was updated on 29 March 2021.