Visit the GOV.UK website for information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.
From 2 December we will be in Tier 2
you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
From Monday 30 November, if a business has a confirmed case within their workplace, they must notify their local authority immediately.
To do this, please call 01702 212497 or email [email protected] with details of your business name, address, contact number and anonymised information about the confirmed case. Please also give details of any close business contacts you believe may need to self-isolate too. Our Environmental Health department will then call you back.
Please note that if you have a confirmed case within your business, close contacts of that confirmed case will also need to self-isolate. It is not sufficient to send a worker for a COVID-19 test and if this returns a negative result, for them to continue working within your business premises. A negative test result is not conclusive evidence of non-infection due to the incubation period for transmission. Therefore, all close contacts will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from potential exposure to the virus.
If you would like support and further guidance in this situation, you can also phone 01702 215 005 and speak to our Regulatory Services Team.
Had a call from test and trace?
If you receive a call from someone claiming to represent the Essex and Southend Contact Tracing Service, you can call either of these numbers to verify that the call is genuine: 0300 303 2698 or 01376 319610.
Scam protection advice
The pandemic has given criminals new ways to trick people. People can be conned into giving away money or personal information.
Criminals may contact people by phone, email, text message, or by visiting their homes. Criminals may impersonate trusted organisations to try to get your money.
If you think a person who has been in touch may not be genuine, please get help.
Essex Police - Please call 101 if you or someone you know is vulnerable and a victim of fraud
Take Five to Stop Fraud - Take Five offers advice to help protect your money from fraud. This includes from email, phone scams and online fraud.
Action Fraud - Report fraud or attempted fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Crimestoppers COVID Hotline (set up by the Government and Crimestoppers)
If you need to report fraud in the public sector during COVID then please call 0800 587 5030, alternatively you can do this by going to the Crimestoppers website. All reports are anonymous.