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.

Closures, cancellations and suspended services

Council building and facility closures

The following Colchester Borough Council buildings are closed to the public:

  • All Leisure World sites, Colchester, Highwoods and Tiptree
  • Aqua Springs
  • Charter Hall
  • Town Hall
  • Colchester Castle Museum
  • The Natural History Museum
  • Hollytrees Museum
  • The Visitor Information Centre
  • High Woods Country Park Visitor Centre
Our parks and public spaces are open as usual.

Sports grounds, skateparks and sports court

All our skateparks, ball courts and basketball courts are closed.

Find out more about how to meet others safely.


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 were sent out and were 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 Libraries

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

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

Book of Remembrance room and the Prayer Room closures

The crematorium and cemetery are open for funerals with up to 30 mourners. The Book of Remembrance, Prayer Room and the crematorium office are still closed to visitors. Visitors must follow current guidelines.

The cemetery and Garden of Remembrance will be closed to visitors, except for those who are attending a funeral, attending the scattering or burial of ashes, or visiting the grave or memorial of a loved one.

For more information, please see our bereavement services page.


Page last reviewed: 5 January 2021