Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice and updates on the rapidly changing situation.

Although we have closed all council buildings to the public we will continue to deliver essential public services.

Information and guidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Essex to move into tier 2 restrictions

In a move to slow the current rates of infection across our county, from Saturday, Essex will be placed into the high level of restrictions (tier 2 on the new COVID system).

What does this mean?

  • No household mixing indoors - this includes at home or in hospitality venues
  • Different households can meet outdoors in public spaces but must stick to the 'Rule of six'
  • 10pm curfews will remain in place for all pubs and restaurants
  • Remember hands, face and space
  • Reduce travel where you can

If we act now, we can stop the spread and protect our loved ones as we head into the winter months.

Get detailed information on the new guidelines

Protect each other

There are 3 simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

  1. wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  2. cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  3. make space - stay at least 2 metres apart, or 1 metre with a face covering or other precaution

Download the NHS COVID-19 app

The NHS COVID-19 app is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user's privacy.

The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service - find out how to download it.

Local updates on the coronavirus situation

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Latest advice and guidance on staying safe and well from GOV.UK and the NHS
Updates on our services and any impacts due to Coronavirus
Latest updates on how coronavirus is affecting Essex County Council services, and information, advice and guidance for residents
How to get help and how you can help others in the local community
Funds and allowances that you can apply for, or defer your Council Tax payments
Find help to find work, information about training courses and other support
Benefits you can apply for, how to apply for a council or housing association home and what to do if you are homeless
Information on scheduled bin collections, what to do if you are self-isolating or have Coronavirus, updates on garden waste and bulky waste collections
Apply for grant funding, find advice and get support for your business
New guidance on restrictions in the hospitality and leisure industry and new rules on social contact
How to stay safe and support local businesses now that restrictions on what shops can open have been lifted
Guidance for operators and passengers, how to renew your licence or apply for a new one under the current social distancing restrictions