Local COVID alert level: high

Colchester is currently defined as a 'high risk' coronavirus alert level. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will take action to minimise disruption and keep residents and visitors safe.

Coronavirus: updates, advice and guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest updates, information and advice

Essex to move to high COVID alert level

The government has confirmed that Essex will move to the Tier 2 high COVID alert level from midnight on Friday 16 October.


Test and Trace Support Payment

The Government has announced measures to support people from 28 September who have a loss in income due to being asked by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate.


Essex Leaders and MPs request move to ‘High level’

To combat the sharp increase of coronavirus cases before it puts strain on our hospitals and economy, Essex leaders have asked that the county to be placed into the new ‘High level’ banding of COVID-19 restrictions.

UPDATED: 13 October 2020

Download the NHS COVID-19 app

Download the app to help us all support the NHS and protect those around you – friends, family, colleagues and local communities. Protect your loved ones, get the app.

UPDATED: 24 September 2020

Government issues updated advice as the rule of six comes into effect

The new legal limit on social gatherings is now in force across England with groups of more than six people banned from meeting under new COVID rules.

UPDATED: 16 September 2020

Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app

The NHS COVID-19 app currently being trialled will launch on Thursday 24 September in England and Wales.

UPDATED: 14 September 2020

Collection of track and trace details to become mandatory in England

New government track and trace rules are to make it compulsory for certain businesses in England to take customers’ details.

UPDATED: 10 September 2020

Face coverings must be worn when attending a funeral

From Monday 10 August, it will be a requirement for face masks to be worn by anyone attending a funeral.

UPDATED: 10 August 2020

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.

UPDATED: 23 July 2020

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.

UPDATED: 23 July 2020

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