Staying Safe

Roadmap - Step 4

The Government has decided to move to step 4 of the roadmap on 19 July, a new phase of continued caution whilst managing the risks of COVID-19. This follows a four week pause, announced on 14 June, which as of 10 July has allowed an additional 7 million (3.5 million first and almost 3.6 million second) vaccination doses to be given. Every adult is expected to be offered a first dose, and two-thirds of adults a second dose, by 19 July.

England is now moving through the Prime Ministers roadmap out of lockdown.

From 19 July , most legal restrictions have been lifted and updated advice is in place.

More details on the current restrictions can be found on the Government website.

There is plenty of testing capacity to meet local demand and testing options for both people with symptoms and people without symptoms.

If you have symptoms

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 (a new or continuous cough, a high temperature or a change to/loss in normal sense of smell or taste) should book a test online through the national system or call 119.

Tower Hamlets residents will be offered an appointment at the closest testing site to them. 

  • Idea Store Watney Market, 260 Commercial Street, E1 2FB
  • Jack Dash House, 2 Lawn House Close, E14 9YQ
  • Ecology Pavilion, Grove Rd, Bow, London E3 5TW

Appointments at all these sites are available through the national system.

Covid-19 vaccinations are available from the Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, London, E3 4QY.

The centre can vaccinate up to 10,000 residents a week and is the main centre offering vaccinations in Tower Hamlets.

If you have no symptoms

One in three people who test positive for coronavirus show no symptoms at all. Anyone can now access free rapid Covid-19 tests (Lateral Flow Tests).

The tests are quick and convenient and provide results in under 30 minutes.

You should take up the offer of free and regular rapid Covid-19 tests, even if you have no symptoms. Quick and regular testing can help protect you and those you live with.

There are 3 rapid testing sites in Tower Hamlets where you can be assisted to take rapid tests:

  • 56 Burcham Street, Poplar, E14 0SH. Open 10am to 7pm daily
  • Canary Wharf – level -2, Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5NY. Open 11:00am to 8pm on Thursdays, and 7.30am to 4.30pm on all other days.
  • Tramshed Community Centre, Digby Street, Bethnal Green, E2 0LP. Open 10am to 7pm daily 

All these sites are walk-in centres but appointments can also be booked online.

We advise taking up free rapid tests twice weekly (with a minimum 3 days between each test). This can help protect individuals and those they live and work with.

Covid-19 Vaccination


Covid-19 vaccinations are available from the Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, London, E3 4QY.

The centre can vaccinate up to 10,000 residents a week and is the main centre offering vaccinations in Tower Hamlets.

Tower Hamlets

Arts Pavilion (Mile End Park)

Clinton Rd, London E3 4QY

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Cable Street Surgery

445 Cable St, London E1W 3DP

Tower Hamlets

Lincoln Pharmacy

124 St Pauls Way London E3 4QA

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Lansbury Pharmacy

85 Chrisp Street , London, E14 6GG

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Boots – Canary Wharf

45 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5NY

Pop ups Tower Hamlets

Granby Hall

East London Mosque


Appointments for the Arts Pavilion, Cable Street Practice and community clinics (when set up) at East London Mosque and Granby Hall can be booked through the council’s vaccine helpline – 020 7364 3030.

All other sites listed above are bookable through the NHS system or by calling 119.


Keep Tower Hamlets Safe is Tower Hamlets Council’s plan that covers the measures and procedures that will be taken if there is another Covid-19 outbreak.

Tower Hamlets Food Appeal

Tower Hamlets Council has launched an emergency food appeal on behalf of 31 food banks and food providers in the borough amid the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The appeal, which is asking partners, business and residents for financial donations, is in response to the huge increase in the number of people needing help with food over the course of the pandemic. Many local food providers have reached crisis point and will be unable to continue supporting vulnerable residents without urgent support.

Since the start of the pandemic, Tower Hamlets Council has distributed 190 tonnes of food to those who needed it and invested £950,000through its resident support scheme. Despite this the need is greater than ever this year.

Visit Tower Hamlets Council page for more info

Mutual Aid groups in Tower Hamlets