Essex is now in the high level of restrictions (tier 2 on the new COVID system).

Please remember that washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds will remain critical as we increase social contact.

Graphic image: COVID-19 - Alert level HIGHESSEX LOCAL COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL HIGH

In a move to slow the current rates of infection across our county, Essex is now in the high level of Covid-19 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

The following links provide further advice and guidance on what you need to know about local COVID alert levels:

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

PLEASE NOTE: the Government decision to place Essex County in the COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL HIGH category does NOT apply within administrative boundaries of Southend or Thurrock councils which are both unitary authorities and not part of the county council administrative structure.

Download the NHS COVID-19 app today

The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.

Based on an Apple/Google privacy framework, the app has a number of tools designed to help us protect those we love, including: contact tracing, checking into venues through an in-built QR code scanner, risk alerts by postcode, a symptom checker and test booking.

Downloading the app is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from the virus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones.

Download the app now from any of the following links:

Support bubblesCOVID-19 Support Bubbles

You can now form a 'support bubble' with one other household if you live alone or are a single parent with dependent children.

Inside your support bubble you will be able to act as if you live in the same household - you can spend time together inside each other's homes and do not need to stay 2 metres apart.

You can only be in one support bubble - you should not switch the household you are in a bubble with or create a bubble with more than one household.

Since 13 June; you can attend your place of worship for the purposes of individual prayer.

Wearing of face masks

In England you are expected to wear a face covering before entering most indoor settings and you must keep it on until you leave unless there is a reasonable excuse for removing it.

You should also wear a face covering in any indoor place where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

Face coverings are needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They should also be worn in care homes.

For further information see:

Links to further information

The government and the NHS both provide public information on the outbreak of coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

For further information and advice visit: