Coronavirus (COVID-19): National restrictions in England

National coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are in place for the whole of England.

The government has put Essex in High alert (tier 2) from 2nd December.

For information, advice and support, visit the coronavirus hub.

To see how restrictions will affect services, visit changes to our services.

Information for residents

Prepare for changes after Brexit if you live in the UK

GOV.UK provides guidance on how to prepare for changes after Brexit if you live in the UK.

EU, EEA or Swiss nationals living in the UK

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.

EEA or Swiss Citizens will be able to continue to move to the UK to live and work until 31 December 2020. The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

If you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020.

GOV.UK has prepared a step by step guide to help you understand if you need to apply and what you'll need to do if you decide to stay in the UK.

To find out what you need to do and when, use the online tool on GOV.UK.

You do not need to apply to the settlement scheme if you have:

Support for the EU Settlement Scheme

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If you need further help with an application please contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre on 0300 123 7379. If you need immigration advice, then you can contact one of the organisations listed online that are allowed to provide this advice.

If you do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to use a computer or mobile device to complete the online application then contact the Assisted Digital Service on 03333 445 675 or by texting “VISA” to 07537 416 944.

UK nationals living in the EU

Visit GOV.UK for guidance on the rights and status of UK nationals living in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

You can also check specific guidance for the country you live in.

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