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.
National lockdown in England from 5 January.
We are now in a national lockdown. A summary of what you can and cannot do is below. More detailed information including a 22-page downloadable document is available on the Government website here.
Summary: what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown
You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare – for those eligible
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This page was updated on 13 January 2021.