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COVID-19: Putting Safety First

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How we're keeping everyone safe...

Face Masks

Face Masks

We're asking everyone visiting one of our advice centres to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth. These will be provided for those who do not have one upon arrival.

Temperature Checks

Temperature Checks

A member of our team will check your temperature upon arrival using one of our contact-free thermometers. If your temperature is above 37.5°C you may be asked to return at a later date.

Limited Centre Occupancy

To allow for safe distancing in our advice centres we have reduced the capacity at each location. You may be asked to wait outside or make an appointment and return if the centre is at capacity.  

Safe Distancing

Safe Distancing

We have placed markings on the floor to keep everyone at a safe distance. In addition, we have added clear screens in our advice rooms for additional safety.


Continuous Deep Cleaning

We have introduced an enhanced cleaning regime across our centres. This includes cleaning more frequently and wiping down all regular ‘touch point’ areas with a strong disinfectant every day.

To our clients,

Since we first began responding and adapting to COVID‑19 in March, Debt Free London and our partners have let care drive our decision‑making: care for our teams, care for our clients and care for our communities.

That has meant being there for our clients as they depend on our advice in new ways; to stay connected as we have stayed apart by offering advice via webchat, video chat and WhatsApp,  and it meant taking the unprecedented step to close all of our advice centres across London to protect the health and well‑being of our customers and teams.

As of today, some of our advice centres have been able to open their doors to our clients again. We wanted to share a bit about how we’re carrying forward our commitment to care: how it’s informing our decision‑making, the significant steps we’re taking to keep everyone who visits one of our stores safe, and the ways in which our stores will look a little different.

Our commitment is to only move forward with a reopening once we’re confident we can safely return to serving clients from our advice centres. We look at every available piece of data — including local cases, near and long‑term trends, and guidance from local health officials. These are not decisions we rush into — and an advice centre opening in no way means that we won't take the preventative step of closing it again should local conditions warrant.

When an advice centre in your area does take this step to reopen — which you can check up on using the Find an Advice Centre search tool — you’ll find the same helpful, dedicated teams that were there before we closed, but things may look and feel a little different. For one thing, you'll find yourself with plenty of space.

In every centre, we're focused on limiting occupancy and giving everybody lots of room, and renewing our focus on one‑on‑one personalised service.

We’re also taking some additional steps in most places. Face masks will be required for all of our teams and clients, and we will provide them to clients who don’t bring their own. Temperature checks will be conducted at the door, and posted health questions will screen for those with symptoms — like cough or fever — or who have had recent exposure to someone infected with COVID‑19. Throughout the day, we're conducting enhanced deep cleanings that place special emphasis on all surfaces and highly trafficked areas.

We’ve also taken this time to consider how we can serve our customers’ needs even more effectively, whether in one of our centres or digitally online.

The response to COVID‑19 is still ongoing, and we recognise that the road back will have its twists and turns. But whatever challenges lie ahead, COVID‑19 has only reinforced our faith in people — in our teams, in our clients and in our communities. Down the road, when we reflect on COVID‑19, we should always remember how so many people around the world put the wellbeing of others at the center of their daily lives. At Debt Free London, we plan to carry those values forward, and we will always put the health and safety of our clients and teams above all else.

Thank you for all you’re doing to support the COVID‑19 response — whether that’s volunteering, donating, sharing gratitude for our medical workers, or maintaining social distance to protect the health of our communities.

Stay well, stay safe, and we hope to see you soon.

Matt Dronfield

Matt Dronfield | Head of Debt Free London



How to access our advice

Advice Centre

Visit an Advice Centre

We have over 50 Advice Centres across London, use our Advice Centre Locator to find your nearest one and check opening times.

Call Us

Give us a call on freephone 0800 808 5700, our Advisors are available to help weekdays from 9am until 5pm.

Start a Webchat

Our Advisors can help you via the webchat feature on our website. To start a webchat, click on the orange button at the bottom of the page.

Message us on WhatsApp

Can't talk? No problem! Use WhatsApp to drop us a message us on 0800 808 5700, our Advisors are available to help weekdays from 9am until 5pm.

Use our Video Chat

Need to speak to an Advisor face-to-face but can't make it to one of our centres? Start a webchat or WhatsApp conversation and ask your Advisor to start a video session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’ve heard that some Advice Centres near me are now open. How do I know which stores I can visit?

A: Some of our Advice Centres are now open. Please check our website for the latest on centre re-openings and operating hours.

Q: If I am coming to one of your Advice Centres, can I come with someone?

A: We prefer if you come alone but if you need support please ensure it is safe to do so

Q: Will I have to queue?

A: At our Advice Centres that have reopened you may experience short waiting times before being allowed to enter the store. To maintain social distancing, we are limiting centre occupancy and giving everyone lots of room. 

Q: Will I have to wear a mask when I visit the Advice Centre?

A: Yes. Face masks will be required for all of our teams and clients while visiting  and we will provide them to clients who don’t bring their own. N95 masks with valves and masks that do not cover your nose and extend below your chin— such as bandanas, are not permitted at our Advice Centres. Replacement masks will be provided as needed.

Q: What does contactless temperature check mean?

A: Before you enter an Advice Centre, we will take your temperature using a thermometer that does not touch the skin to ensure that it measures below 37.5° C (99.5° F). No data from this procedure will be recorded. Prior to your visit, please ask yourself the following health-related questions: Do I currently have a fever, chills, muscle or body aches? Do I currently have a cough or am I experiencing any respiratory issues? Do I have a headache, sore throat, runny nose or congestion? Am I experiencing any nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea? Have I been in contact with any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days? If you answered YES to any of these please visit at a later date.

Q: What protocols are you following to keep Advice Centres clean?

A: Throughout the day, we’re conducting enhanced deep cleanings that place special emphasis on all surfaces and highly trafficked areas.