Coronavirus: view the status of our services

We are providing information for residents, businesses, and communities which we will review and update regularly. View the latest updates, advice and guidance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest updates, information and advice

Businesses and venues reopening in Colchester

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place.  Find out what this means for services in Colchester.


Business Support Grants

The Government has introduced a new Business Support Grant under its response to COVID-19. The grant will help businesses affected by local lockdown measures.


Castle Park playground closed

We have taken the decision to close the playground in Upper Castle Park to keep residents safe as the coronavirus infection rate in Colchester continues to rise.

UPDATED: 15 January 2021

Colchester will move to Tier 4 COVID-19 restrictions from Boxing Day

Following the announcement on 23 December, Colchester will move into Tier 4 COVID-19 restrictions from Boxing Day (26 December 2020) at midnight. Stay up-to-date on which of our services are running as normal, are disrupted, or are closed with our service updates page.

UPDATED: 23 December 2020

Council-owned skateparks and sports courts closed

All council-owned skateparks and sports court in the Colchester borough are now closed in line with government restrictions.

UPDATED: 16 November 2020

Report a breach of coronavirus (Covid-19) rules

You can report a business or person who has significantly breached the coronavirus restrictions.

UPDATED: 6 November 2020

Outdoor gyms closed

All outdoor gyms are closed due to coronavirus restrictions. All playgrounds remain open.

UPDATED: 6 November 2020

Support for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people

Help is available for anyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable.

UPDATED: 5 November 2020

Visitor Information Centre

Colchester’s Visitor Information Centre (based in Hollytrees Museum) is now closed. The team can still advise and help with tourism enquiries through email and social media. Contact the team at or find them on social media @VisitColchester.

UPDATED: 5 November 2020

Colchester Museums

Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum are closed. Whilst the museums are closed, take part in fun activities from home with #MuseumFromHome and stay in touch on social media @ColMuseums.

UPDATED: 5 November 2020

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