Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is recommending people continue to act with caution when the majority of COVID restrictions are lifted on Monday 19 July, with growing infection rates locally and nationally.
The Council’s community testing programme is to close its two remaining rapid lateral flow device (LFD) assisted swabbing sites as it moves towards encouraging testing at home for everyone.
Rapid Covid-19 self-test kits are being offered to everyone living and working in Southend-on-Sea under the Community Collect initiative to support the government’s roadmap out of lockdown to a more normal life.
A new walk-in COVID-19 rapid flow test site has opened ahead of the Easter Weekend, in the heart of Southend seafront, with the full backing of local businesses.
Over 61,700 people in Southend-on-Sea have now received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and rates of infection in the Borough continue to fall.
Southend’s Director of Public Health is encouraging parents and carers to get their children tested to support the safe return of all school pupils from Monday 8 March 2021.
On Monday (22 February 2021), the government announced its four-part plan to lift the COVID-19 lockdown in England.
With temperatures expected to reach around 15 degrees this weekend, the council is reminding residents to follow national guidance and stay safe, stay apart and stay local as we continue to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.
With the half term holidays fast approaching, the council is urging residents to follow national guidance and stay safe, stay apart and stay local as we continue to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Mill Arts & Events Centre in Rayleigh has opened today as a large-scale vaccination centre as the NHS continues to accelerate its vaccination programme across Essex.
An MP is urging residents to "stick at it" and keep up their efforts to suppress Covid-19 in Southend-on-Sea.
The Borough’s three rapid testing sites, available for people without Coronavirus symptoms, are now available without an appointment.
Two hours free parking will be in place for people attending the NHS vaccination centre at the Cliffs Pavilion from tomorrow (Thursday 4 February).
A number of online ‘COVID conversations’ are taking place in February, aimed at updating and informing the local community about COVID-19.
The latest statement from Rochford District Council, in relation to COVID-19, is available:
The council and (Don’t) Visit Southend are reminding visitors that all seafront parking (car parks and bays) remains closed and have urged them to stay away at this time, and to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
The latest statement from Rochford District Council, in relation to COVID-19
A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility has been opened by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) at Elm Road car park in Leigh-on-Sea (car park next to the Leigh Community Centre).
New phase in COVID-19 vaccination programme across mid and south Essex
Following the Government’s announcement of another lockdown it might seem strange that we are still being encouraged to get tested, especially when we don’t have symptoms.
It is more important than ever that we stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
From Tuesday 19 January 2021, a new lateral flow device (LFD) rapid testing site is planned to open in Shoebury youth centre for those who DO NOT have symptoms of COVID-19.
Rochford District Council will be providing home testing kits for COVID-19 from Monday January 11, for use by the public.
Covid Testing, arriving & departing
From Monday 11 January 2021, a new lateral flow device (LFD) rapid testing site will be open in The Fairway, Leigh-on-Sea for those who DO NOT have symptoms of COVID-19.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is thanking those who have acted responsibly to help protect our local NHS and urged residents to continue.
As the country enters a national lockdown, councillors are pleading with local people to adhere to the regulations, stay at home, and look out for their friends and neighbours.
More Coronavirus testing centres are being rolled out across the Borough in January, with a new pop-up site and four new lateral flow device (LFD) testing centres set to be introduced for people without symptoms in the coming weeks.
From today (Tuesday, 5 January 2021), a new fast testing centre opens in Rayleigh for those who DO NOT have symptoms of Covid-19.
Central Government has announced a national lockdown to help control the virus. We must all stay at home, similarly to March 2020, and only leave for specific reasons (below).
Essex residents who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and living under Tier 4 restrictions, are once again being advised by the Government to shield in order to protect themselves from catching Covid-19.
The COVID-19 testing ‘collect and drop off’ point at Leigh-on-Sea community centre (Leigh Town Council offices) is open from 9am to 3pm until Wednesday 23 December.
The Government has announced that most of Essex is to move to tier 4 – the highest level of alert. It comes in response to concern around the high number of infections across the county driven by the new variant of the virus.
Southend-on-Sea has entered tier 4 restrictions.
London Southend Airport, 21 December 2020: It is now possible to book private Covid-19 tests at a new facility on site at London Southend Airport.
A new COVID-19 testing ‘collect and drop off’ point is opening in Leigh-on-Sea tomorrow (Friday 18 December), for people without symptoms.
Rochford District Council’s Leader has urged residents to support local businesses as much as possible within COVID-19 restrictions, as the district moves into Tier 3 status.
Covid-19 testing for the community, with a particular focus on secondary school age children, is being increased as cases continue to rise in parts of Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.
The Government has announced that Southend-on-Sea will be entering tier 3 restrictions at 00:01 on Wednesday 16 December.
With the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine beginning this week, residents are warned of criminals seeking to exploit the pandemic further.
London Southend Airport, 11 December 2020: Rising covid cases in the county has resulted in increased demand for testing. London Southend Airport continues work with Southend Borough Council to support ongoing COVID-19 testing which has been extended to 7 days a week from today.
COVID-19 testing for the community, with a particular focus on secondary school age children, is being increased as cases continue to rise in parts of Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.
Positive COVID-19 cases and related hospital admissions are rising locally.
I am writing to you as positive COVID-19 cases and related hospital admissions are rising locally and are unfortunately going in the wrong direction.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are asking residents to let them know about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and what steps they think the borough can take to ensure a positive future.
The Government announced on Thursday 26th November, that Southend-on-Sea will be under new Tier 2 restrictions when the current national restrictions end on Wednesday December 2.
On the first day of the new national restrictions, our local Director of Public Health, Krishna Ramkhelawon explains the main changes to the rules, and why they're important to our borough.
On Saturday evening (31 October 2020), the Government announced that they are taking action nationally to control the spread of Coronavirus.
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
Please see below information on COVID-alert levels and how it affects travel and household mixing across those areas:
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).
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.
The Prime Minister has confirmed a new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions is going to be introduced in England.
Message from Krishna Ramkhelawon: Director of Public Health
A mobile testing unit for COVID-19 has been set up for appointments at Shoebury Park.
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.
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.
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.
The series of annual seafront firework displays have been cancelled for 2020 in light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
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.
A shop local, shop safe campaign has been launched ahead of the wider reopening of shops on Monday 15 June.
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, 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.
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.
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.
A helpline set up to assist those who are most at risk in our community is still going strong.
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.
Southend Care opens care unit in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to support older people awaiting a COVID 19 negative test result.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is reminding visitors to stay away from the seaside again this weekend.
The Leader of the Council has reflected on the great work to date to tackle coronavirus locally, and looked ahead to the future too.
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.
The council is asking residents to be considerate to their neighbours whilst the country continues to follow Government instructions to stay at home.
The council has issued advice on holding safe ‘stay at home’ street parties.
Gloves, aprons and face masks have all been donated after an urgent appeal for personal protective equipment (PPE) was made in Southend-on-Sea.
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% 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2020/21 road and footway resurfacing programme has begun to ensure roads and pavements are repaired and maintained through the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.
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.
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.
As the Easter weekend approaches and warm weather is predicted, we are reminding residents of the Government’s guidance about being outside.
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.
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.
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.
Due to the current climate and changes to household income due to Coronavirus, some children may now be eligible for free school meals.
People who stayed home and acted responsibly this weekend are being thanked.
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
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.
Seafront parking has been suspended as part of efforts to deter visitors to Southend seafront this weekend and ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.
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!
Residents concerned about paying their council tax bills are being asked to contact the council for support and advice.
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.
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.
It is particularly important that you don't visit relatives aged over 70 or those with underlying health conditions.
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.
The council is supporting the national effort to get food and supplies to our most vulnerable residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All Southend-on-Sea rough sleepers have been provided emergency accommodation in hotels as part of the coordinated approach to tackle coronavirus.
The symptoms and advice on how to protect yourself and what you should do if you feel unwell.
How do I manage my bins if I'm told I have to stay at home?
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.
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.
The most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
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.
All schools are currently closed, other than for pupils of parents who are considered key workers.
South Essex Homes have added statements to their website, on a range of changes and updates related to their homes and services.
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.
If you're worried about how you feel about the coronavirus, or are concerned for someone you know, help is available.