Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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This page was last updated on 5 November 2020.

The NHS in Essex and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

To make sure you receive the most up-to-date guidance on symptoms, how to look after yourself and others and information on self-isolation and social distancing, please visit

On Thursday 5 November, all parts of England will enter a national lockdown until 2 December. 

This means:

  • you should only leave your home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or work,

  • unless you are single household in a support bubble*, you should not be mixing with other households,

  • you must work from home if you can,

  • avoid travel unless essential,

  • remember to wash your hands cover your face and make space - stay at least two meters from other people,

*If you are a single adult households (adults who live alone or with dependent children only) - can form a 'support bubble' with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together in each others' homes, including overnight, without needing to stay two metres apart. If you or someone in your household or support bubble are showing coronavirus symptoms, everyone in the support bubble should stay home.

You can find the latest guidance and exemptions at

Support for those in high-risk groups

If you have been identified as being in a high-risk group, and are shielding, you may be eligible to recieve support to help with food and essentials supplies. 

For more information please contact the Essex Welfare Service by completing their online form. If you do not have online access please call 0300 303 9988. 

Information for parents and young people

Visit our Understanding Covid-19 for children, young people and their families, for a wealth of information to help you have a better understanding of the coronavirus and what is being done to help children and young people stay safe and healthy.

Support with recovering from Covid-19

Your Covid Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of coronavirus, otherwise known as Covid-19.

If you have had Covid-19, you may still have some physical symptoms, such as, breathlessness, a cough and a lack of energy. You may also have psychological symptoms, such as feeling scared or anxious, depressed, having trouble sleeping and struggling to remember or concentrate.

These symptoms, both physical and psychological, are common. Your Covid Recovery includes information from experts about how to manage them and look after your health and wellbeing. It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering.

Mental health support

It is natural to feel anxious during times of uncertainty. Every Mind Matters have compiled a list of simple things you can do to maintain your mental wellbeing and deal with anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

You can also find out more about local mental health support available by clicking on the links below.

Domestic violence

If you are experiencing domestic abuse then there is support for you. You are not alone. At home shouldn’t mean at risk and if this is you then isolation rules do not apply.

Police response and support services remain available. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 999.

For more information, visit the GOV.UK website.