COVID-19 ADVICE AND SUPPORT

COVID-19 Advice for Residents

Further public health plea as coronavirus cases continue to rise

Further public health plea as coronavirus cases continue to rise

Date: 30/10/2020

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Director of Public Health has issued a further plea to the local community as local positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

New local approach to tracing positive Coronavirus cases

New local approach to tracing positive Coronavirus cases

Date: 28/10/2020

New local approach to tracing positive Coronavirus cases

Information on travelling and mixing households between COVID medium and high alert level areas

Information on travelling and mixing households between COVID medium and high alert level areas

Date: 16/10/2020

Please see below information on COVID-alert levels and how it affects travel and household mixing across those areas:

STAY SAFE ESSEX

STAY SAFE ESSEX

Date: 16/10/2020

In a move to slow the current rates of infection across our county, from tomorrow (Saturday) Essex will be placed into the high level of restrictions (tier 2 on the new COVID system).

No request to move COVID alert tiers yet as local community urged to intensify efforts

No request to move COVID alert tiers yet as local community urged to intensify efforts

Date: 14/10/2020

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will not yet request to be moved into the second tier of the Government’s new national COVID-alert system.

Three tier system of Coronavirus restrictions planned from Wednesday

Three tier system of Coronavirus restrictions planned from Wednesday

Date: 13/10/2020

The Prime Minister has confirmed a new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions is going to be introduced in England.

 Please Stay Safe Southend

Please Stay Safe Southend

Date: 09/10/2020

Message from Krishna Ramkhelawon: Director of Public Health

Mobile COVID-19 testing site due to open at Shoebury Park

Mobile COVID-19 testing site due to open at Shoebury Park

Date: 29/09/2020

A mobile testing unit for COVID-19 has been set up for appointments at Shoebury Park.

Download NHS COVID-19 app and protect yourself and your loved ones

Download NHS COVID-19 app and protect yourself and your loved ones

Date: 25/09/2020

Local people across Southend-on-Sea are being urged to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise.

Local team being trained to aid test and trace effort

Local team being trained to aid test and trace effort

Date: 24/09/2020

Council staff are being trained to help the test and trace effort and attempt to make contact with those not reached by the national system.

Local team being trained to aid test and trace effort

Local team being trained to aid test and trace effort

Date: 24/09/2020

Council staff are being trained to help the test and trace effort and attempt to make contact with those not reached by the national system.

Autumn Firework Displays Cancelled for 2020

Autumn Firework Displays Cancelled for 2020

Date: 18/09/2020

The series of annual seafront firework displays have been cancelled for 2020 in light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Statement from Deputy Leader of Essex County Council

Statement from Deputy Leader of Essex County Council

Date: 29/07/2020

Statement from Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, in response to yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister of £2bn investment in cycling and walking infrastructure.

Shop local, shop safe as retail returns

Shop local, shop safe as retail returns

Date: 11/06/2020

A shop local, shop safe campaign has been launched ahead of the wider reopening of shops on Monday 15 June.

Virtual community event set to go ahead

Virtual community event set to go ahead

Date: 03/06/2020

A popular annual community event held in Shoebury is set to go ahead virtually to boost community spirit and to provide information and entertainment for all ages.

Belfairs golf course set to reopen by the end of the month

Belfairs golf course set to reopen by the end of the month

Date: 14/05/2020

Belfairs Golf course, a Southend-on-Sea Borough Council owned pay and play golf facility in Leigh-on-Sea, is planning to reopen by the end of the month following the Government’s relaxation of restrictions on Sunday 10 May.

Recycling centres set to reopen next week with strict measures in place

Recycling centres set to reopen next week with strict measures in place

Date: 13/05/2020

The Borough’s two household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) will be reopened to the public next week (Monday 18 May), but only for essential visits and with strict social distancing measures in place to ensure visitors and staff are kept safe.

Promenade to be widened and car parks reopened

Promenade to be widened and car parks reopened

Date: 13/05/2020

Western Esplanade will be temporarily widened for pedestrians and cyclists from Saturday 16 May, in response to national changes to lockdown, and to allow local people to safely enjoy the seafront.

Southend Coronavirus Action helpline continues to deliver for local people

Southend Coronavirus Action helpline continues to deliver for local people

Date: 07/05/2020

A helpline set up to assist those who are most at risk in our community is still going strong.

Please stay home and stay safe this bank holiday weekend

Please stay home and stay safe this bank holiday weekend

Date: 07/05/2020

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is urging visitors to stay away this bank holiday weekend, and asking local residents to continue to stay home and stay safe.

Care unit set up to support people awaiting a COVID-19 negative test result

Care unit set up to support people awaiting a COVID-19 negative test result

Date: 05/05/2020

Southend Care opens care unit in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to support older people awaiting a COVID 19 negative test result.

Coronavirus Service Update from Chelmsford District Council

Coronavirus Service Update from Chelmsford District Council

Date: 01/05/2020

As we go through our sixth week of lockdown, we thought we’d get in touch about some things coming up and a reminder of where to get help if you are self-isolating and have nobody to turn to.

One month since quick response to help rough sleepers

One month since quick response to help rough sleepers

Date: 29/04/2020

It has been over a month since all rough sleepers in Southend-on-Sea were offered temporary accommodation and work continues between the council, charities and the voluntary sector to keep them safe.

First virtual meeting takes place

First virtual meeting takes place

Date: 28/04/2020

The council’s first formal virtual meeting took place yesterday afternoon. The appointments and disciplinary committee met to discuss the appointment of the director of digital futures and ICT. MS Teams was used to conduct the meeting.

99 things by 19 bucket list starts with at-home challenges

99 things by 19 bucket list starts with at-home challenges

Date: 28/04/2020

A list of “99 things to do before you’re 19”, has been started using at-home activities, to inspire young people to gain rounded experiences of life, even during lockdown.

An important reminder: Don’t Visit Southend this weekend

An important reminder: Don’t Visit Southend this weekend

Date: 23/04/2020

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is reminding visitors to stay away from the seaside again this weekend.

Leader of the Council reflects and looks ahead

Leader of the Council reflects and looks ahead

Date: 23/04/2020

The Leader of the Council has reflected on the great work to date to tackle coronavirus locally, and looked ahead to the future too.

Council thanks volunteers and voluntary organisations

Council thanks volunteers and voluntary organisations

Date: 23/04/2020

The Leader and the Chief Executive of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have written a joint letter to thank all the volunteers and voluntary organisations who are helping the council and the community respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Please consider others whilst staying at home

Please consider others whilst staying at home

Date: 22/04/2020

The council is asking residents to be considerate to their neighbours whilst the country continues to follow Government instructions to stay at home.

Please act responsibly at stay at home street parties

Please act responsibly at stay at home street parties

Date: 21/04/2020

The council has issued advice on holding safe ‘stay at home’ street parties.

Businesses and organisations donate PPE to front-line social care workers

Businesses and organisations donate PPE to front-line social care workers

Date: 21/04/2020

Gloves, aprons and face masks have all been donated after an urgent appeal for personal protective equipment (PPE) was made in Southend-on-Sea.

Support to local care providers during COVID-19

Support to local care providers during COVID-19

Date: 17/04/2020

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has outlined its support for local care providers at this time, in a letter sent to them last week.

87% get first choice primary school for September

87% get first choice primary school for September

Date: 17/04/2020

87% of children in Southend-on-Sea will start primary school in September 2020 at their first-choice primary school, and 96% at one of their top three preferences.

Local helpline delivers food and medicines to the vulnerable

Local helpline delivers food and medicines to the vulnerable

Date: 17/04/2020

Over 700 food parcels, medication and befriending links have been delivered to those who are most at risk in our community, thanks to Southend Coronavirus Action and its helpline, set up by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, in partnership with charities and the voluntary community.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic update 15th April

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic update 15th April

Date: 15/04/2020

This briefing is to update all daily on the ongoing development and management of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the current situation in the UK, and some key public health responses.

Early years carers rise to the challenge

Early years carers rise to the challenge

Date: 15/04/2020

Childminders and nurseries have been praised by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s early year’s team for helping provide 7-day-a-week care to vulnerable children and children of key workers.

Important highways resurfacing to continue to ensure our roads are safe

Important highways resurfacing to continue to ensure our roads are safe

Date: 14/04/2020

The 2020/21 road and footway resurfacing programme has begun to ensure roads and pavements are repaired and maintained through the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

Easter Bank Holiday bin collections – Friday collection moves to Saturday

Easter Bank Holiday bin collections – Friday collection moves to Saturday

Date: 09/04/2020

The council and its recycling and waste contractor, Veolia, are reminding residents that if your collection day falls on Good Friday (10 April), your recycling and waste will be collected on Saturday 11 April instead.

Thanks go out to council staff working on the front line

Thanks go out to council staff working on the front line

Date: 09/04/2020

The council’s cabinet member for environment and planning has thanked hardworking staff for their commitment to providing key services throughout the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

Please exercise responsibly this Easter weekend

Please exercise responsibly this Easter weekend

Date: 09/04/2020

As the Easter weekend approaches and warm weather is predicted, we are reminding residents of the Government’s guidance about being outside.

Physio support from your home with WDC Physiotherapy

Physio support from your home with WDC Physiotherapy

Date: 08/04/2020

That is because my Physiotherapy service is available in the comfort of your own home using video consultations which allows you and I to solve your problem without you having to risk going to the doctors or continuing to suffer.

Online pilates sessions you can do at home with WDC Physiotherapy

Online pilates sessions you can do at home with WDC Physiotherapy

Date: 08/04/2020

This type of thing is happening a lot right now. People have changed their exercise habits or doing less exercise due to the lockdown and it’s causing a lot of stress and tension in places that people are not used to.

Fly-tippers target charity shops

Fly-tippers target charity shops

Date: 07/04/2020

Residents are being urged not to leave their unwanted household items outside charity shops as they face the risk of being fined for fly-tipping.

Parents encouraged to apply for free school meals

Parents encouraged to apply for free school meals

Date: 07/04/2020

Due to the current climate and changes to household income due to Coronavirus, some children may now be eligible for free school meals.

Thank you for staying home and saving lives

Thank you for staying home and saving lives

Date: 06/04/2020

People who stayed home and acted responsibly this weekend are being thanked.

How to setup Zoom

How to setup Zoom

Date: 03/04/2020

During this difficult time, it's important to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues. Zoom can be used for personal use such as family group calls, or business use such as meetings witch colleagues and workers. We are going to show you how to setup a Zoom account for iPhone/iPad, Windows and Mac, please see below

Community pulls together to help those most in need

Community pulls together to help those most in need

Date: 03/04/2020

Food parcels are lined up ready to go out to vulnerable residents as Southend-on-Sea’s community continues to pull together in this time of need.

Don’t Visit Southend! Seafront parking suspended and roads will be closed if necessary

Don’t Visit Southend! Seafront parking suspended and roads will be closed if necessary

Date: 03/04/2020

Seafront parking has been suspended as part of efforts to deter visitors to Southend seafront this weekend and ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

FREE Online LIVE yoga classes to NHS nurses, carers, support staff and for locals £15 p.m.

FREE Online LIVE yoga classes to NHS nurses, carers, support staff and for locals £15 p.m.

Date: 02/04/2020

During these difficult times, Body Bliss Yoga, Southend are offering FREE online LIVE classes to NHS nurses and Carers. This includes Yoga and Pilates for all levels so please get involved!

Council tax support available to residents

Council tax support available to residents

Date: 02/04/2020

Residents concerned about paying their council tax bills are being asked to contact the council for support and advice.

Cemetery churches and Crematorium grounds closed to public

Cemetery churches and Crematorium grounds closed to public

Date: 02/04/2020

The crematorium grounds and cemetery churches, both on Sutton Road, closed to public access yesterday (Wednesday 1 April) as the council continues to follow Government regulations around Coronavirus.

Don’t Visit Southend! Stay away, stay home, save lives

Don’t Visit Southend! Stay away, stay home, save lives

Date: 02/04/2020

A campaign telling people to stay away from the seaside as the weather improves has launched, as part of the council’s approach to tackling Coronavirus locally.

We can all play our part to stop the spread of Coronavirus

We can all play our part to stop the spread of Coronavirus

Date: 01/04/2020

It is particularly important that you don't visit relatives aged over 70 or those with underlying health conditions.

Blue seafront lights for our carers

Blue seafront lights for our carers

Date: 01/04/2020

The lights on Southend-on-Sea seafront will remain blue in honour of the carers in our community who are doing such a fantastic job.

Getting food and supplies to the most vulnerable people in Southend-on-Sea

Getting food and supplies to the most vulnerable people in Southend-on-Sea

Date: 31/03/2020

The council is supporting the national effort to get food and supplies to our most vulnerable residents.

How to setup Skype and keep in touch with your loved ones during quarantine:

How to setup Skype and keep in touch with your loved ones during quarantine:

Date: 31/03/2020

During this difficult time, it's important to stay in touch with all the family, including the older generation and your friends. Here it shows you how to setup a Skype account for iPhone/iPad, Windows and Mac.

Keeping yourself and others safe

Keeping yourself and others safe

Date: 31/03/2020

We remain out and about around the county protecting and serving Essex. Our priorities haven’t changed: We’re here to keep people safe and to catch criminals.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic update

Date: 31/03/2020

This briefing is to update daily on the ongoing development and management of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the current situation in the UK, and our local plans and responses.

Reduction in maintenance of open spaces

Reduction in maintenance of open spaces

Date: 30/03/2020

Maintenance of the council’s parks and open spaces is to be reduced from Monday 30 March as the council continue to take actions to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.

Rough sleepers in Southend are all accommodated

Rough sleepers in Southend are all accommodated

Date: 30/03/2020

All Southend-on-Sea rough sleepers have been provided emergency accommodation in hotels as part of the coordinated approach to tackle coronavirus.

Symptoms of the coronavirus and what you should do

Symptoms of the coronavirus and what you should do

Date: 27/03/2020

The symptoms and advice on how to protect yourself and what you should do if you feel unwell.

Bins and coronavirus

Bins and coronavirus

Date: 27/03/2020

How do I manage my bins if I'm told I have to stay at home?

How to help the vulnerable in our community

How to help the vulnerable in our community

Date: 27/03/2020

It's important we look out for our family, friends and neighbours, especially if they live alone, are elderly or have pre-existing health conditions.

Closures and changes to council services

Closures and changes to council services

Date: 27/03/2020

Please note that waste collections are currently operating as normal. We do have contingency plans in place, and will communicate those if/when those plans are required.

Staying at home and what you can do

Staying at home and what you can do

Date: 27/03/2020

The most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Coronavirus advice and support

Coronavirus advice and support

Date: 27/03/2020

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

Coronavirus and schools

Coronavirus and schools

Date: 27/03/2020

All schools are currently closed, other than for pupils of parents who are considered key workers.

Residents of South Essex Homes properties

Residents of South Essex Homes properties

Date: 27/03/2020

South Essex Homes have added statements to their website, on a range of changes and updates related to their homes and services.

Information on your finances

Information on your finances

Date: 27/03/2020

The current Housing Benefit service is up and running in the normal way. For all information on how to claim help with Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction please see our Benefits and Council Tax section.

Worried about coronavirus?

Worried about coronavirus?

Date: 27/03/2020

If you're worried about how you feel about the coronavirus, or are concerned for someone you know, help is available.

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