Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Colchester Borough Council is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to take action to minimise disruption and keep residents and visitors safe.

Coronavirus: updates, advice and guidance

Closures, cancellations and suspended services

Council building and facility closures

Colchester Borough Council buildings have been closed to the public to help delay the spread of coronavirus. This includes:

  • Leisure World Colchester opened on Saturday 25 July. Leisure World Highwoods and Tiptree remain closed.
  • Charter Hall
  • Town Hall
  • Colchester Castle opened on Thursday 23 July. Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum remain closed.
  • Visitor Information Centre opened on Thursday 23 July.
  • High Woods Country Park Visitor Centre opened on Monday 24 August.

Other closures include:

  • Sports grounds

Our parks, public spaces are open as usual, but Castle Park will have restricted opening hours and only one toilet block will be open. 

Colchester Borough Council-owned allotments are open. If you are planning to visit your allotment, we ask you to follow the advice from The National Allotment Society.

Beach huts

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. Pathways must not be obstructed, and there must be at least a two-metre clearance at all times.

Annual invoices will be sent out shortly and will be adjusted to reflect the recent temporary closure.

The pontoon at West Mersea is currently restricted to boat users only, who should follow the Government’s guidelines and 2 metre social distancing rules.

Essex library closures

The Town Centre library, mobile libraries and the Community Hub are closed until further notice.

All loans will be extended, overdue charges will be waived, and reservations suspended.

The eLibrary service will continue to be available 24/7. 

For more information, please visit the Essex County Council website. 

Book of Remembrance room and the Prayer Room closures

Funerals, both cremation services and burials, are still taking place, but we will be asking Funeral Directors to ensure only close family attend, as few as possible, but up to a maximum of 10.

In addition, we are asking people to observe the Government guidelines by social distancing to 2 metres apart in the chapel or at the graveside.

The Book of Remembrance room and the Prayer Room remain closed until further notice.

For more information, please see our bereavement services page.


Page last reviewed: 30 March 2020