Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest updates, information and advice

Colchester's Visitor Information Centre will be open from Thursday 23 July

Our Visitor Information Centre and shop will be welcoming back walk-up visitors from Thursday 23 July.


Colchester Castle will be open from Thursday 23 July

To visit the Castle you will need to reserve a time slot in advance. Please call 01206 282939 to book.


Leisure World Colchester reopens on Saturday 25 July

The leisure pool, fitness pool and Activa gym facilities only will be open from Saturday. Customers will need to book a session online or via the Leisure World app before visiting the centre.


Playgrounds and outdoor gyms begin to reopen

We are working to reopen our playgrounds and outdoor gyms across the borough.

UPDATED: 3 July 2020

Rubbish and recycling collections return to normal

From 22 June, rubbish and recycling collections will return to normal (excluding textiles which remains suspended until further notice).

UPDATED: 22 June 2020

Colchester Town Centre reopens

From 15 June, new government guidelines have allowed non-essential shops in Colchester Town Centre to reopen.

UPDATED: 17 June 2020

Garden waste collections will resume from 25 May

We are pleased to announce that thanks to additional measures, garden waste collections will restart on 25 May and will take place on usual collection days.

UPDATED: 20 May 2020

Beach huts in West Mersea

Beach Huts in West Mersea are open, however users must comply with the Government’s guidelines and social distancing rules to protect themselves and others from the spread of coronavirus.

UPDATED: 14 May 2020

Recycling centres in Essex to reopen

Colchester recycling centre will be open from Monday 18 May for waste and recycling which cannot be stored at home.

UPDATED: 13 May 2020

Car parks at parks and countryside sites will be open from 13 May

All council-owned car parks are open as usual. Following the Government’s announcement on 10 May, all car parks at our parks and countryside sites will be open to motorists from 13 May.

UPDATED: 12 May 2020

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