Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

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Dear resident,

This week, the COVID-19 alert level was raised from 3 to 4, meaning that transmission is high or rising rapidly. So, we must act now.

Cases are rising nationally, and Essex is no different. The coronavirus is not going away.

We need to try to stem the tide ​of rising cases before the NHS is impacted. As the Chief Medical ​Officer said on Monday, the seasons are against us. We are entering the time of year when respiratory illnesses circulate more and deaths start to increase.

In Essex, we have good quality data to work with and a test and trace system we trust so that if contact tracing is necessary, we can reach the people who need to self-isolate. Along with the launch of the NHS COVID-19 App, this will help us to control the spread.

We all need to do our bit to stop the spread. This means following the hands, face, space guidelines, staying 2m from other people, wearing face coverings, washing hands regularly and self-isolating when requested​.

We will only be able to avoid the introduction of further restrictions if people and businesses abide by the rules. Please – play your part. Act now and follow the advice.


Cllr David Finch, Leader

Cllr John Spence, Cabinet member for Health

Dr Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health

Essex County Council

Coronavirus is still here

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Coronavirus is still here. To keep yourself, your loved ones and others safe, remember to: 

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

Spread the message, not the virus.

Download the NHS COVID-19 app


Download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect yourselves and your loved ones as case numbers rise.

Organisations can help support customers and visitors to use the app with information and venue check-in.

What you can and can’t do 

Find out about the updates announced on 22 September and what else you need to do to keep yourself and Essex safe.

Changes to our services


Read our open letter to Essex parents and carers following the full time reopening of schools this term. 


From 28 September the maximum number of individuals attending a ceremony changes from the current restriction of 30 to a further restriction of 15. Details about the changes are on our website. 

You are not alone with support from Mental Health Essex

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In Essex, levels of anxiety have risen and levels of wellbeing have fallen as a direct result of COVID-19.

If you are feeling anxious or struggling with your wellbeing, you are not alone.

There is a wide range of support available, whether you've been struggling with:

  • extra pressures caused by juggling new routines
  • feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or isolated
  • losing loved ones
  • money or employment worries

If you think you have a mental health problem, here's how to get help and support.

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