Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives – including your own

The below is a quick overview of the latest information from Tower Hamlets council we have nicked. Please regularly check the Tower Hamlets coronavirus information page for the latest advice and subscribe to updates.

You are all urged to register for the Tower Hamlets Council newsletter here.

Stay. At. Home.

You can only leave your flat
– To shop for basic essentials like food
– Once a day for some exercise either alone or with other people you live with
– For any medical need like going to the chemist or delivering to a vulnerable person
– To travel to and from work if your work is essential. (Hint: If you don’t know if your work is essential – then it ain’t!)

COVID-19 – info in Bengali language

COVID-19 guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection is available in multiple languages including Bengali on the site here.

Shopkeepers price hiking

While the vast majority of shopkeepers in Tower Hamlets do a great job there are still some who are jacking up prices. Scum bags.

If you see evidence of retailers doing this please email You should also make a complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority.

Residents bulk buying

Some muppets are still bulk buying stuff. There is absolutely no need for this, there is more than enough food to go round if it was not for the bulk buying idiots.

If your neighbour is a bulk buyer why not have a word? It will give you something to discuss over the next three months. OK, maybe not.

Key Worker Car Parking

Over a 1,000 parking permits have been issued for hospital medics, healthcare staff and other key workers and the Council is actively looking for more parking sites.

Key workers can contact the Council parking team on 020 7364 5000 for further assistance.

Seems some parking enforcement teams have been subjected to abuse recently ‘cos they are trying to do their job – knock it off people!

Outdoor Markets

Closed Brick Lane, Columbia Road, Petticoat Lane, Roman Road, Sclater Street and Victoria Park markets will be closed until further notice.
Open Bethnal Green, Chrisp Street, Roman Road Square, Watney Market and Whitechapel markets open but limited to sales of non-prepared food and household items only.


The Council wants to keep our parks open and so do residents, but like everything else if idiots take the mickey then everyone will suffer – looking at the guys on the outdoor gym in Lansbury this morning! Yeah, you!

You CANNOT visit parks in groups, but under the recent government instructions you can leave your home to do one form of exercise a day?– such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with.

All visitors to parks must maintain social distancing guidance and stay at least two metres away from all other visitors at all times.

If you do not obey the rules it will be your fault if all the parks are closed. Simples!

Playgrounds, outdoor gyms, tennis courts and cafes are all closed until further notice.

Idea Stores and libraries

All Idea Stores and libraries are now closed until further notice. All items on loan will be automatically renewed until 30 April 2020 (hurrah!). There are online library resources at including e-magazines, e-comics and audio books.

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and more

All closed. Er… that’s it.

For businesses

If you want to offer take-out services, please contact the Council for advice by emailing or

For residents

If you see a restaurant or cafe open to the public, please email
To report other venues trading as normal, please email

Housing options

Counter service at Bethnal Green closed, residents who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless, should call 0207 364 7474. Other enquiries to

Business rates

The Council has identified properties that it thinks will benefit from these measures and started issuing new bills on Monday 23 March.

If you do not receive a bill showing the new discounts by Friday 3 April 2020 and think that you should have received one, please get in touch at

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