Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support websites

Our Covid Advice and Support page is part of our Covid-19 Help Hub. It contains information about test centres as well as national advice and information to help get us through the challenges of the pandemic. You might also find these links useful. 
Local shops that are open, deliver or do click and collect 
How to keep well and fit during lockdown
How to help others
Live local updates

NHS advice on working from home and self isolation
NHS guide on how to check if you have coronavirus
NHS Coronavirus overview
Government Business Rates Update
Apply to Facebook business boost grants for small businesses
Government COVID-19 guidance for employees and businesses
Universal credit and coronavirus
Tfl’s coronavirus advice page
Tfl tube stations status page
To report shops that have unfairly increased prices
Protections for commercial tenants unable to pay rent
NHS guide to looking after your mental health while you’re at home
Coronavirus explainers in Urdu, Hindi, Bengali and other languages
The Skills Toolkit, to learn new skills or change jobs
Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies or call 0208 4758080 or call 0800 58 58 58 or call 0300 123 3393
Samaritans or call 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline) or call 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
Drinkline0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm)
Solace Women’s or call 0808 802 5565
Newham Mental Health Crisis LineFreephone 0800 073 0066 or visit their website to find out more

Coronavirus tests

Walk in tests

Walk up Rapid Covid tests are available for those without symptoms at Eco Pavilion, Mile End Park, E3 5TW on weekdays between 10am to 7pm. The tests provide results in under 30 minutes – if a person is positive, then they are referred to get further tests at the permanent sites. The other nearby facility which offers an appointment-only service is located at the Mile End Arts Pavilion.

Home tests

Alternatively, you can order a testing kit to your home and the advice is to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. If possible, order the test in the first 3 days as it may take a day or two to arrive. You can get one test for each person in your household with symptoms. Order an at-home test by visiting the GovUK’s website here.

Drive through tests

For those with a car or who are unable to travel on foot to a test centre, driving is recommended above the use of public transport. If possible, it is recommended to order the test in the first three days of having symptoms. Order a drive-through test, or find out if you’re eligible for a test by visiting the GovUK’s website here.


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