Essex Coronavirus: Latest Covid-19 rules and infection rates as county enters level two lockdown


Essex residents wake up this morning to new lockdown restrictions. At 12:01 am today (Saturday 17th October), the Essex Majority entered a level two lockdown, following Essex County Council’s request to the government last week.

The only areas not subject to new rules this morning are Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, Essex.

This is because they are both unitary authorities, which means that they operate separately from the control of Essex County Council.

The decision to enter a level two lockdown was made to try and reduce the rising rate of coronavirus infection across the county.

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Current rules

The big new rule is that household mixing is now prohibited indoors in all areas of level two regions.

This includes hospitality businesses like pubs and restaurants, as well as people’s homes.

Different households can mix outdoors, as long as the “rule of six” is applied, which means that no more than six people can meet at a time.

The exclusions are weddings and funerals.

Weddings and wedding receptions have an attendance limit of 15 people, including the bride, groom, and staff.

Funerals have an attendance limit of 30 people.

People should work from home if they can, and they are not advised to travel to different areas unless absolutely necessary, although this is not a new law, just a suggestion.

Businesses must serve food and drink via table service, and masks must be worn at all times indoors unless seated at a table.

Unless food businesses offer their products through a delivery service, click-through service, or drive-thru, they must also close at 10 p.m.

Face masks are mandatory in all domestic businesses as well as in public transport. This includes taxis and private rental vehicles.

All these restrictions – with the exception of the new household mix rule – also apply to level 1 zones.

Despite these regulations, schools, colleges and places of worship remain open.

Universities should do work online if possible, but are not obligated to do so.

Exercise classes and organized sport can continue to take place outdoors.

These will only be allowed indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mingling with people they do not live with or sharing a bubble of support, or for the sport of young people or children. People with Disabilities.

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Current infection rates

Here are the most recent Covid-19 infection rates.

The numbers come from a seven-day moving average figure that looked at coronavirus testing in the seven days leading up to Sunday, October 11.

The infection rate comes by looking at the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 population.

The highest rates are found in Tendring, Epping Forest and Basildon.

The lowest rates are at Southend-on-Sea, Maldon and Braintree.

  • Tendring – 94,2
  • Colchester – 61,1
  • Braintree – 47,2
  • Uttlesford – 70.1
  • Epping Forest – 85.8
  • Harlow – 56,3
  • Brentwood – 70,1
  • Chelmsford – 67,8
  • Maldon – 53,9
  • Southend-on-Sea – 48,1
  • Rochford – 63,0
  • Headland of the Castle – 67.5
  • Basildon – 84,9
  • Thurrock – 72,8


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