Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Libraries, park and ride and the end of shielding

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Social distancing is still important

Keeping apart. Keeps us safe. Social distancing is still important for all of us

Social distancing is vital, now more than ever, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Wherever possible, it is important to maintain a minimum distance of two metres between you and someone outside of your household.

Where two metres is not possible, a minimum distance of one metre plus is advised, along with other mitigating measures such as face coverings and good hand hygiene.

Stay alert and stay safe by following the latest social distancing guidance.

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Support for all as shielding ends

We understand it may be an anxious time for some as shielding comes to an end on 1 August.

If you or someone you know is concerned and still requires support then the Essex Wellbeing Service (EWS) can help. The service is for all Essex residents and offers a single point of access to practical, emotional and specialist support from local organisations and volunteers.

If you or someone you know needs practical help or specialist advice call 0300 303 9988 Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm, or Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm. You can also visit the Essex Wellbeing Service website.

Visits to care homes now allowed

Essex care homes have been given the go-ahead to decide whether to allow visitors, after the government published a recent update on visiting arrangements.

Homes will be required to carry out a full risk assessment prior to allowing visitors to return and where visits do go ahead, they will be limited to a single, consistent visitor, per resident, wherever possible in order to minimise the risk. We encourage people visiting their relatives to follow the policies which care homes have put in place to protect people.

It will be down to individual care homes to determine arrangements and any family members wishing to visit a loved one should contact the home for more details.

Changes to our services


Southminster and Stock libraries is now open. Stanway library will be open from 1 August. Great Wakering and West Clacton libraries will be opening in the week commencing 3 August.

Plans are in place for Holland library to open during August, subject to confirmation. Details for Debden are to be confirmed.

Please note, the number of customers allowed in a library at any one time will be reduced to help people stay safe. Time spent in the library will also be limited. Where possible, there will be separate entrances and exits; and you may have to queue before entering the library.

You can find out more information about our safety measures or watch a video on what to expect.

Park and Ride

Chelmer Valley Park and Ride in Chelmsford will reopen from Monday 3 August.

It will initially run to a reduced timetable with services between 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday. Passengers are advised to check park and ride information on the website before traveling for any updates or changes, which could occur due to essential operation reasons.


Our website includes information on what you should do, the latest changes to our services and how you can get help in your community.

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