Coronavirus: social distancing measures

We need to do everything we can to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 

The government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation, social distancing and schools to help reduce the spread of the virus.

People have already made a great effort to avoid unnecessary social contact but we are now at a stage where we need to go further.


What is social distancing?

There is a lot of talk about social distancing at the moment but what does it actually mean?

Social distancing means spending as little time as possible around other people that are not in your current household. For example:

  • Avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary
  • Visit supermarkets outside of peak times if you can and keep your distance from other people
  • Don’t congregate with others
  • Stay away from busy areas as much as possible
  • Make every effort to work from home
  • Try to use online shopping rather than going out to the shops as much as possible
  • If you are out, keep at least 2 metres away from others


Do your bit for Redbridge

We're asking all residents to ‘do your bit’ by protecting yourselves and others by supporting social distancing.

If everybody limits contact with people outside of their household we can all help to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus and support the NHS from an unmanageable caseload.

If you need to go out for food shopping, purchase items from the pharmacy or walk the dog, please impose a safe distance of two metres or six feet away from anybody you pass on the street.

Restaurants, pubs, cafes, places of worship, play areas and many other communal areas have closed to help reduce the transmission between members of the public. This doesn’t mean it is safe to all get together at one person’s house and socialise as a group. You put yourself and others at risk.

You might be young, strong, and healthy enough to fight off COVID-19, but others you spread it to might not be as lucky as you. Especially those in vulnerable groups, ‘do your bit’ and support social distancing.



The government has asked the following to close:

• Food and drink venues for consumption on-site, such as restaurants and cafes
• Drinking establishments, including pubs, bars and nightclubs
• Entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls and bingo halls
• Museums and galleries
• Spas, wellness centres and massage parlours
• Casinos and betting shops
• All indoor leisure and sports facilities, including gyms

Takeaway and delivery facilities should stay open and there will soon be advice on how food and drink businesses who do not already have these facilities will be able to offer them.

These measures put in place will be reviewed every 28 days.

Places of worship

Following government guidance, places of worship have closed, except for funerals attended by immediate families which must follow social distancing guidance.

We recognise the importance of religion and places of worship has within our communities but we also want to encourage social distancing to increase our chances to prevent further outbreaks and cases within our communities. The following has been agreed for places of worship n Redbridge:

  • Only one faith leader and one assistant will be allowed to enter a place of worship, as long as the doors are closed behind to ensure no one else enters.
  • We encourage prayers are transmitted/live-streamed to provide comfort to those at home.
  • All places of worship must be closed to the public and to anyone else, including management teams, committees, etc. (excluding faith leader and assistant)
  • Time spent in the place of worship must be limited to essentials only.


Business support

We realise that this is a difficult and uncertain time for many businesses including those asked to close. Please visit our coronavirus business support pages which detail what support is available.

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