New national COVID-19 restrictions from Wednesday 2 December, the whole of Essex is now in Coronavirus Tier 2 HIGH ALERT.

Graphic image: COVID-19 - Coronavirus Tier 2 - Alert level HIGHCoronavirus Tier 2 - HIGH ALERT

From Wednesday 2 December 2020...

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space - this is called the 'rule of 6'
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances  that start before 10pm

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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.

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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.

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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.

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