Coronavirus – Covid 19


Further to the introduction of Covid-19 Plan B restrictions by the Government, which came into force following a Government announcement on 8th December, many of our existing control measures remain unchanged.  Our main priority continues to be the safety of our staff as well as our customers, visitors, volunteers and contractors.  This is why we have decided to keep all key protection measures in place until further notice, including:

  • Practicing good hand hygiene, in particular, hand washing and using hand sanitiser and social distancing where possible and where not possible, the compulsory use of face coverings.
  • Frequent cleaning of used touchpoints

Coming To The Guildhall

Those needing to come to the Guildhall for council business may continue to do so without an appointment and the council offices are open between 9.30am and 1pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Staff will manage the numbers accordingly to avoid a concentration of people in a small area, which may mean a short wait outside.

The Guildhall will be open for tours by appointment only, so that numbers can be managed.  Large groups cannot be accommodated at present.

With effect from Tuesday 30th November 2021, face coverings became compulsory when visiting the Guildhall and should be worn at all times whilst inside the building unless a medical exemption applies.

We will continue to encourage those who are able to, to ‘check in’ using our dedicated QR Code poster and where this is not possible, we will endeavour to keep a register of visitors, which will be maintained in accordance with data protection guidelines.

Hand sanitiser will continue to be available and is located just inside the entrance to the Guildhall.

Council Meetings

Our meetings, where possible, will be held at an alternative venue so please check the venue on the agenda for the meeting you’re interested in, which is posted on the website a few days beforehand.  Again we would ask that anyone attending our meetings, wears a face covering upon entering and exiting the venue, or when walking around, unless a medical exemption applies.  Face coverings may be removed once seated.

Members agreed to monitor the situation and review the measures on a 2-monthly basis and the next review will be held in mid-February.

It is difficult to say when this way of living will come to an end. We want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to protect you and our colleagues. That is why we are maintaining our good practices to have a positive effect on reducing the spread of COVID-19.


COVID 19 Testing

Where can you get tested if you have symptoms?

Anyone who lives in Essex who has symptoms of coronavirus can now get tested.

You can book a test on the NHS website or call 119.

Where can you get tested if you DO NOT do have symptoms?

Lateral Flow (rapid) Testing

Tests are available, free, from all local pharmacies as well as Harwich Library and can be ordered online for collection or home delivery via Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests – GOV.UK (

Self-testing is recommended twice a week.

Walk-in vaccinations

Where can I go to get a jab locally?

The vaccination bus comes to the Park Pavilion, in Barrack Lane, Harwich offering Pfizer vaccinations (1st, 2nd and booster) between 9am and 4pm on the following dates:

Saturday 5th 2022

Please see the guidance on the NHS website for minimum wait time to be eligible for a booster vaccination.

More dates will be posted here as they become known.

COVID-19 Volunteer Groups in Harwich

  • Harwich Helps can help with: Transport to shops, collecting prescriptions and support.
  • Harwich Peninsula can help with: Shopping and telephone support calls.

Our Facilities


The skatepark is now open.

Putting Green

The Putting Green is now closed for the season.


Our allotments remain open.

Please respect others when visiting our sites and observe social distancing where possible.

Useful Links

NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (

Public Health England Public Health England – GOV.UK (

Essex County Council Covid update