Covid-19 restrictions

A national lockdown is now in place to control the spread of Covid-19 as rates rapidly increase across London and the country.

Everyone must now stay at home, and only leave home for specific reasons. Full details of what you can and cannot do are available on the government’s website.

Remember, advice around Covid-19 can change quickly, so keep up to date with the latest information.


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Covid-19 community champions

This is an image of the COVID-19 Community Champions logoCovid-19, and the measures taken in response, continue to impact all of us in Tower Hamlets

Our Covid-19 community champions network has been established to empower and support Tower Hamlets residents to stay up to date with the latest advice about Covid-19.

Champions help their family, friends and the wider community make sense of the latest advice and information about Covid-19, to help ensure we all stay safe and alert to the risks of the virus.

As a champion, you will receive regular updates on Covid-19 by text message, WhatsApp, email or in live webinars. You can then share them across your networks, in whatever format you like.

By having and sharing clear information, you, your friends, family and community can make informed choices and help to keep Tower Hamlets safe.

Become a Covid-19 community champion

Anyone can become a Covid-19 community champion. Becoming a Covid-19 community champion is simple and quick.

  • You sign up to be a champion (completion takes two minutes)
  • We give champions the latest information about Covid-19 in their preferred way of receiving information (for example by email or WhatsApp)
  • Champions share this information with anyone in their community, however they want.
  • Champions let us know what is and isn’t working.

Information is also available in:

Sign up to become a Covid-19 community champion


You can also sign up to community champions network by telephone or email

Telephone: 020 7364 3870


Online webinars for champions

Join us for our weekly webinars, which take place every Tuesday  7pm to 8pm on Zoom. You can join online using this link. The meeting ID is 934 1068 5428 and the password is Champions1.

We also hold introductory sessions for new Covid-19 champions every Tuesday at 6.30pm, also on Zoom. You can join online using this link. The meeting ID is 919 6145 1372 and the password is Champions1.

During the live webinar we will share key messages on the current Covid-19 picture in Tower Hamlets, the NHS Test and Trace programme, vaccinations and talk through the latest government guidance.

We’ll also ask champions how they think we can make the best use of our weekly webinar sessions and the Covid-19 community champions programme.

If you have a question or myth you would like answered you can send them in advance to

Download champion materials

We've created a Google drive with downloadable resources for our community champions to use.

We all have a part to play

Along with establishing our champions network, we know that to keep Tower Hamlets safe and ensure our borough stays resilient to the challenges of Covid-19, everyone who lives or works here has a part to play.

This is why we have made five commitments, which set out how we will continue to support our residents around Covid-19. In turn we have set out five commitments for our residents and champions. If we all follow these, together we can keep Tower Hamlets safe.  

Tower Hamlets Council will:

  • Keep our residents and champions informed of the latest advice and guidance.
  • Deliver regular virtual engagement sessions led by health professionals who can speak about the latest advice, guidance and answer questions on Covid-19.
  • Provide more testing options locally.
  • Support residents who need to isolate because of Covid-19 with food and medication deliveries and provide advice for people experiencing financial difficulties.
  • Provide information in community languages so everyone can access information on Covid-19.

Our residents and champions will:

  • Practice good hygiene, including washing hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep a safe distance from other people and limit social contact in line with government and local guidance. Wear a face covering on public transport, shops and other enclosed areas.
  • If you experience Covid-19 symptoms, self-isolate and book a free test through NHS Test and Trace and engage in contact tracing follow up.
  • If you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Help inform and support friends and family, so they have the latest advice and know what they need to do to help keep Tower Hamlets safe.

Support is available

We know that this is a difficult time for many of our residents and we want to remind you that support is available. Visit our page on benefits and financial support, which also lists organisations that can help with welfare advice.

Support for residents while self-isolating is also available through the council.