Local lockdown

We are not expecting a local lockdown at the moment. London cases remain slow and steady but we must still take care and follow guidelines so we can avoid a local outbreak.

In case of local outbreaks, we have created a local outbreak prevention and management plan (PDF 1.45MB)



We want to do everything we can to make sure we don't have a local outbreak and we are asking everyone in Redbridge to do their bit to keep residents safe.

Some guidance for keeping safe:

  • Keep 2 metres between you and others
  • Avoid crowds and travelling in peak times where possible
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a face-covering when you are in an indoor public space and it’s difficult to stay 2m apart from other people
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If you have symptoms please stay at home and book a test



It is really important that you get tested if you have symptoms. If your test is positive, you will be asked to isolate and asked to identify who you have been in contact with through the NHS Test and Trace system.


What could a local lockdown look like?

We are not expecting a local lockdown at the moment. This is just some guidance to give an idea of what a local lockdown may look like.

We cannot predict exactly what might happen if we are asked to enforce a local lockdown but, looking at what has happened elsewhere in the country, we have tried to give an idea of what we might expect if local lockdown were to happen in Redbridge. 

Local lockdowns may be different in different areas but it might mean:

  • non-essential shops closing again
  • bars, restaurants and hairdressers closing
  • schools closing to children expect vulnerable children and children of key workers
  • people who have been shielding being asked to fully shield again
  • people being advised to stay at home as much as possible
  • all travel apart from essential travel being advised against
  • additional local support for testing and tracing from Public Health England


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