Coronavirus – Covid 19

National lockdown: Stay at Home

For full details on what this means visit the website:

You must not leave or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness, or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

Government Road Map to Recovery

COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 – GOV.UK (

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.

If you are an essential worker and you meet the criteria, book a test on GOV.UK

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

Lateral Flow (rapid) Testing

Essex County Council has a fast-testing centre for those who DO NOT have symptoms of Covid-19.

The centre is at Long Meadows Community Centre, Long Meadows, Dovercourt, CO12 4US. Tests, which give results in around 30 minutes, can be booked in advance, or you can just turn up at the site.

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


Currently, the council offices remain closed to the public and tours of the Guildhall are suspended.  At Stage 3 of the Government Roadmap (no earlier than 17th May), we will be welcoming members of the public who need to access the council offices, on an appointment basis only. You are advised to bring a pen with you if you anticipate needing to complete/sign paperwork.  Face coverings will be required unless an exemption applies.

At Stage 4 (no earlier than 21st June) we aim to fully re-open to those wishing to access the council offices or Guildhall.

In the meantime, if you need to liaise with a member the team, please contact them either via telephone or email.

Contractors and delivery drivers are asked to call the office upon arrival on 01255 507211.

Council meetings continue to be conducted remotely using the ‘Zoom’ platform and members of the public are able to attend by contacting the Clerk to the Council for joining instructions. Agendas and minutes still continue to be posted on the council’s website.

Until further notice, the Council will not be taking bookings for the hire of the chamber or facilitating gatherings inside the Guildhall of any number.


With effect from Monday 29th March, the skate park is open for use, in accordance with the Government’s ‘Rule of 6’.  We will continue to monitor this guidance along with that of  SKATEBOARD GB and will aim to re-open fully as soon as we are safely permitted to do so.

Putting Green

The Putting Green currently closed and we are preparing to open on Saturday 5th June 2021.


Our allotments remain open, but you cannot meet with someone outside your household or support bubble there unless another exemption applies.

Useful Links

NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (

Public Health England Public Health England – GOV.UK (

Essex County Council Covid update