Covid 19- daily news release, changes to council services.

Havering Council is working to ensure emergency plans are in place to keep vital frontline services running.

Some non-vital services will be subject to change. Stay updated via Facebook, Twitter, the regular Living in Havering email newsletter and our website news feed 

New announcements and service changes


Havering Council is not closing parks at this stage as we are mindful of the health and well-being benefits of being outside. However, residents must rigidly observe the Government and NHS advice on social distancing, i.e. keep 2 metres away from other people.

People who need to stay at home and self-isolate must do so.

If the guidance is not followed this position on parks and open spaces will be reviewed.


Libraries remain closed due to staffing availability and a decision on the service as a whole for the next few months is to be taken imminently. 

A fines amnesty has been introduced, which means there will be no charges for overdue materials for the time being. The library webpages are also available, providing online access to audiobooks, eBooks, magazines and more.

Leisure Centres

All sports and leisure centres in Havering are now closed.


Havering Council will now only seek to enforce parking restrictions that pose a danger to other road users.

Please park considerately and lawfully.

Bad parking could prevent emergency service vehicles from reaching residents in real need. They could prevent disabled residents from parking to secure vital medicine or supplies.

Havering Council’s enforcement of parking restrictions will be focused on keeping the vehicles of emergency services and key workers moving.

Waste & recycling collections

Staff shortages to our contractors SERCO at this time means there are some delays in collections for both residential streets and bin collections at low-rise blocks of flats in the borough.  The crews are near to finishing today’s collections but aim to complete any outstanding non-collections the following day. We are asking residents if their waste has not been collected, to please have it out for collection for the following morning. 

Previous announcements

School closures

Schools in Havering and across the UK have closed as part of the government’s response to curb the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

As of last Friday (20 March 2020) schools were closed until further notice but will remain open to children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Read our full statement on schools

In year admissions applications

Havering School Admissions Team have taken the decision to stop accepting In-Year applications. 

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and as soon as it is possible to reopen the application process we will do so.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and trust that you understand why this decision has been taken.


Havering Adult College is temporarily closed, other than for the delivery of the Education for Independence provision, which is for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities. Parents of students in further education colleges are advised to check with their place of study for specific closure information.

Changes to Registrar Services 

From yesterday [Monday 23 March 2020], death registration appointments will no longer take place at South Essex Crematorium.

Instead, all bookings made will be held at Havering Register Office, Langtons House, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1XJ.

Langtons House is closed for all events and appointments until further notice.

Culture and Sports

Havering Music School is closed – there are plans to run online lessons. More details here

Fairkytes Arts Centre is closed until further notice.

The pre-school on the Fairkytes site will remain open in line with government guidance on schools. 

Havering Council’s arts and sports events and activities programmes are currently cancelled until further notice. 


Havering fostering service is currently following Government advice to support the containment of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). 

We are still going ahead with our scheduled information sessions but we are currently looking into innovative ways of how we can deliver these sessions online. Alternatively, if people are unable to join the online session but would still be interested in finding out about fostering, we are still available by email or by phone on 01708 434574.

Adopt London East

Adopt London is currently following Government advice to support the containment of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). 

We have reluctantly cancelled forthcoming information sessions and are currently looking into innovative ways of how we can deliver these sessions online. We will reply to all enquiries about adoption though some aspects of our service may be subject to a slight delay. More


Due to the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Farnham Road office is currently closed until further notice. If you require information on any of our housing services then please visit our website  

The Public Advice and Service Centre (PASC) remains open for members of the public to access a range of local services in one place. The PASC is located in the Liberty Shopping Centre, 20-26 The Liberty, Romford, RM1 3RL. Lifts and stairs to the PASC are located via the walkway between H & M and Next shops, opposite the public toilets. Services can also be accessed online

Business rates and support

Details of government support for businesses including business rate support are on the GOV.UK website. Please take the time to look through it. Go to GOV.UK

Council meetings

The decision has been taken to suspend all meetings of Council, Cabinet and committees with immediate effect for a period of six weeks.

All mayoral engagements have been postponed until further notice.

A full review of all decisions that are due to be made has been undertaken and necessary day-to-day decisions will continue to be made under the Council’s scheme of delegation, whether by The Leader, Cabinet Member or officer.


Duty Planner service change


Duty Planner service change

We intend to continue the duty planner service but with telephone appointments only.

All face to face appointments have been cancelled and current appointments will be re-booked.

Appointments can be booked for advice (for householders and small businesses) on 01708 433100and will be available Monday, Wednesday and Fridays between 9.30am and 11.30am.

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