A leaflet explaining why most of Essex is on High Level – or Tier 2 – Covid Alert has been published by Essex County Council.
It has the support of councils and partners from across Essex, and will be dropping through letterboxes in the Epping Forest district, and other places in the county in the coming weeks.
Let’s stop the spread
Essex is at High local Covid alert level – What you need to know and do:
- Read the leaflet – Let’s stop the spread (pdf 1MB)
The reason for the escalation is because cases are rising rapidly across the county – doubling every 1 to 2 weeks across all age groups. Hospital admissions and the number of people dying from COVID-19 are increasing too.
Leader of Epping Forest District Council, Chris Whitbread urged people to read the leaflet to understand the situation and the reasons for invoking the High Level in all areas except Southend and Thurrock, which are not part of Essex County Council.
Reduce the risk to family and friends
Leader of Council Cllr Chris Whitbread said:
We need to slow the spread of COVID-19 to reduce the risk to our family and friends and ourselves. It is vitally important that our NHS does not have to postpone treatment to people with other health needs, including cancer patients.
This means we can no longer socialise indoors with people from a different household, unless they are in your support bubble.
The Rule of 6 (up to 6 people from different households meeting) still applies outdoors, whether in your garden or at a beach, park or other public space. We should also work from home if we can.
We must follow these rules all the time, even if we are seeing friends / family who live in a medium alert level area, because the restrictions apply to US as an Essex resident.
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