Government and NHS advice

Latest advice and guidance on staying safe and well from GOV.UK and the NHS.


NHS COVID-19 app

The NHS COVID-19 app is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from Coronavirus.


Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Read more about what you can and cannot do


Keep up to date

► UK Government Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp - free to use service aiming to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public health information

Public Health England (PHE) is working closely with NHS colleagues and Essex County Council to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection - Public Health England advice

Test and trace service - those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms

Social distancing - staying alert and safe; guidance for everyone in the UK

Staying safe outside your home - new guidance for working, travelling and exercising

Working safely during coronavirus - the government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible

►  NHS advice - NHS advice on the risks, the symptoms and what to do if you think you have coronavirus 

Travel advice - countries and areas affected and specific advice from the NHS  

Public Health England blog - PHE's  regularly updated coronavirus blog to help you find out what you need to know 

► Coronavirus updates from Essex County Council - latest information and news from ECC


Additional information

Guidance on making and wearing face coverings | ► Self-isolation - what it is and what it means | ► Contact tracing - what it is and what it means | ►Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do | ►Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK - official figures