What the high COVID alert level means for you

Moving to high level: Overview

On Saturday 17 October, Essex County Council area moved tier 2 level (high). This does not include Southend and Thurrock who are still on tier 1 (medium).

See our latest press releases regarding our decision to move to high alert.

View the latest data.

Funding for the council

Essex County Council received confirmation from the government on Thursday 22 October that it would receive funding of £4.5m as a result of moving into High local COVID alert level. No details on this funding had been provided to us prior to this.

This funding will be specifically earmarked for supporting vulnerable groups and workplaces.

In addition, Essex's hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses are now able to secure government support of £2,100 per month. This was not available when the county was in the Medium alert level.

We are now working through how and when this funding will be distributed.

What this means

GOV.UK has published an overview on what moving to the high alert level means.

Council services

Our services are open with some restrictions. Social distancing measures are in place to keep you safe. See the relevant service page for details.

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