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Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Posted on: 9 April 2020

A lot of people may be tempted to spend all day outdoors to take advantage of the hot weather, but the government and police are urging people to stay at home. This is to help tackle the spread of the coronavirus. Read more on our coronavirus page

It's important that you stay home and only go out when it is absolutely necessary for one of four reasons, as explained on the NHS website.

We understand this is difficult, but it is vital that we all continue to follow government guidance to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.


If you're heading out for one form of daily exercise, please follow the guidance on green space and on social distancing as provided by Tower Hamlets Council.

  • Stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.
  • You should only go outside alone or with members of your own household.
  • Always keep at least two metres (six feet) apart from anyone outside your household.
  • Gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this.
  • Take hygiene precautions when you are outside and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.

Parks in Tower Hamlets currently remain open, except for Victoria Park. All outdoor gyms, playground equipment and skate parks across the borough are closed and must not be used.

Royal Parks, Lee Valley Regional Parks Authority, City of London and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, have written an open letter to Londoners ahead of the weekend. Please read the letter here