Covid-19 and the Community

The Jewish Leadership Council has published a webpage, the JLC Portal, that details up to the minute information regarding the pandemic and its impact on organisations, families and individuals.

For health related help and advice, please visit the NHS website, or call 111

Jewish Care has a lot of information on how they are managing the situation, and useful advice regarding care homes and independent living.

You may also phone Jewish Care East London and Essex Home Care Service, based at Sinclair House: 020 8418 2154

Jewish Care Advisory & Signposting Service (Helpline)

Social Work & Community Support Service

Family Carers’ Service

Benefits Advice

Homecare Service (chargeable) for assistance with shopping, cleaning, companionship and (subject to need and meeting appropriate criteria), provision of personal care and administration of medication may be available

All accessible via Jewish Care Helpline – 020 8922 2222 /

Kosher Meals On Wheels (under SKA Supervision)

Hot and Frozen Meals (subject to availability) – Monday to Thursday

Call 020 8418 2113 or email for more information

Telephone Befriending Network

Informal weekly calls to people living in the community

Call 020 8418 2116 or email for more information


During the coronavirus pandemic, Jewish Care is working hard to support everyone in our community to be well, safe and resilient. As an essential component of wellbeing is to stay active, both in mind and body, they’ve pulled together some fantastic resources to keep you and your loved ones engaged, stimulated and healthy whilst at home.

London has moved from Tier 1 COVID (MEDIUM) restrictions to Tier 2 COVID (HIGH) restrictions.

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, said: “Throughout the pandemic our local Redbridge community has shown tremendous strength, empathy and determination. Neighbours have supported one another and together we have protected the most vulnerable in our area. Now, as rates of COVID-19 rise across London we must once again do all we can to keep our friends, family members and neighbours safe.

“We must all follow the scientific advice and make sure that we do everything we can to get the infection rate down and to keep people safe. I’m afraid this will take a lot of sacrifice on our part and mean not mixing with people from other homes indoors or meeting our friends for a coffee or a meal inside.

“We must also continue wearing our masks in enclosed spaces like shops and on public transport, washing our hands, practicing social distancing, and getting tested if we have any COVID-19 symptoms.

What does this mean?The Tiers are the different levels of restrictions that people who live in Redbridge must adhere to due to COVID-19.The main change under Tier 2 is that residents must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless we live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. Indoor settings include private homes and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants. Another key change is for residents to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.
Tier explaining levels

The new Tier 2 restrictions include the current restrictions in Tier 1 and the following:

You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting.

You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law).

Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.

Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed by law certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am.

Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.

Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.

Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors.

You can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

Read more here:

What is a “bubble”?

More information:

Wellbeing support

This is a tough time for many of us, so if you need support please visit:

If you are at risk from coronavirus and live in Redbridge you can get support from our Wellbeing Service. This includes assistance with food, medication deliveries and signposting to extra support you might need to help keep you and your loved ones safe and secure.

To book a testOur testing facilities are open every day at Mildmay Road Car Park, Ilford, and Gants Hill Library car park, Cranbrook Road, Ilford IG2 6SX. Anyone experiencing symptoms can book a test by calling 119 or via the online self-referral portal. If you have hearing or speech difficulties, call 18001 119. Both are open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week with a capacity to take hundreds of tests per day.

Please, only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested. 

This will help make sure people who need a test can get one. Coronavirus symptomsThese include a high temperature, new continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of taste and smell.

If you develop symptoms:

Everyone in your household will also be required to self-isolate.

Further information about self-isolation is available on the NHS website.