While cases of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) remain, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. These key protections remain in place across England:
symptomatic and regular asymptomatic testing to help people manage their personal risk
isolating when positive, or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace and not otherwise exempt.
the vaccination programme.
The government has announced that England is moving to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant:
- Face coverings are required by law in most indoor settings.
- Office workers who can work from home should do so.
- From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.
For further information visit the gov.uk website: www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do
Test and Trace Support Payment
You may be entitled to a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment if you are a Tendring resident, in financial hardship and meet the criteria.
You can find more information and the application form on our Test and Trace Support Payment webpage.
Stay in control of your money - the first right of appropriation
Some people have had problems with their bank when they have been overdrawn; the bank has taken their benefit or support payment to reduce their overdraft. You can find out more on our first right of appropriation information page.
Testing is a key part of the national COVID-19 response.
Visit the ECC COVID-19 testing page (link is external), which is updated regularly, to find your nearest testing site.
In addition there is a walk-in Covid testing centre at Alton Park Road car park, available for for people with symptoms. Appointments can be booked in the usual way (via the online national site or calling 119).
Concerned about testing scams? Read our guide on how to tell if a Track and Trace call is genuine, and what to do if you suspect a scam.
Visit the Suffolk and North East Essex ICS website (link is external) for information about Covid-19 and vaccinations.
In Essex the roll-out of vaccinations is being led by the Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT). For more information about the programme and updates, please visit the EPUT vaccine webpage (link is external).
To find out more about what support is available for businesses to manage and adapt around Covid-19, visit our dedicated web page.
On 21 December 2021, the government announced a new grant scheme to support businesses experiencing difficulties due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, aimed at the hospitality sector along with leisure premises who occupy and are the ratepayer for a property. The Government also confirmed that they will be providing top up funding to councils to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme. We will be looking to roll out the new schemes as early as possible in the New Year, although the timing will be subject to receiving the necessary guidance from the Government - keep up-to-date on the link above.
There is also specific advice available for businesses selling or handling food from our Food Services Team.
Visit our Volunteer Groups page to find details of community organisations which may be able to assist you if you are struggling due to Covid-19, across a range of issues such as finances, shopping or something else.
The Essex Welfare Service
This service is a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the Essex area who is in urgent need of help during the coronavirus outbreak. It is also the place to report anyone who you are concerned about; for example those might need help getting food or medicine.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm
You can also stay in touch with all the latest updates from the Essex Coronavirus Action Facebook page.
Support from Tendring District Council
Tendring District Council is supporting the community effort, and has its own helpline for people with concerns, or who do not qualify for the Essex Welfare Service. Call: 01255 686700.
Other useful information or groups
Other information about organisations or support available can be found on our Other Useful Information page.
Coronavirus Privacy Notice
View our privacy notice, setting out how Tendring District Council (as a Data Controller) will collect, use and protect personal data specifically with regard to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, on our main privacy notice page.