Stay at home to save lives

The Prime Minister has announced strict new curbs on life in the UK.

From this evening (23 March) people must stay at home except for:

  • Shopping for basic necessities
  • Daily exercise
  • Any medical need
  • Travelling to and from essential work.

Shops selling non-essential goods are being told to shut and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together are prohibited.

The Prime Minister has said that the police will have powers to enforce these rules including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

Tower Hamlets Council is supporting the nation's efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus, while running our most critical services that our residents rely on, including some of the most vulnerable. We are reviewing our approach following tonight's government announcement and will update you on any imminent changes to services as soon as possible.

We are working with Public Health England, the NHS and a wide range of partners to ensure we're doing everything we can, in line with the government advice, and urging our residents to do the same. As a result, there have been a vast number of changes to our services over recent weeks, which we are regularly publishing at 

Please regularly check our website for the latest advice if you need to urgently access one of our services, and subscribe to updates at 

Remember, there are things we all must do differently in order to protect ourselves and others. It is vital that we all follow government and NHS advice. This means staying at home, protecting our NHS and saving lives.

We appreciate this is a difficult time but we must all do our bit to keep people safe. We will be rolling out further changes to our services to support and enforce these new measures.

Posted on Monday 23rd March 2020