This page has general information and advice about COVID-19. Group Leaders should refer to the Information for Group Leaders page for specific advice concerning resuming face to face activities.
Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.
- Meet outside, or open windows and doors for indoor visitors
- If you think you have symptoms stay at home and get a free PCR test
- Wear face coverings in crowded places and on public transport
- Check in to venues when you go out
- Wash your hands with soap regularly, and for at least 20 seconds
- Get vaccinated if you’re 18 or over
Due to frequent updates in COVID-19 measures, please click on the following links to documents that set out the latest Government guidance:
- Government website- for the latest COVID-19 advice in full.
- Vaccinations - Get your COVID-19 vaccination, read about the vaccines and find out what happens when you have your vaccine.
- How to stay safe- and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
- How to make a facecover- how to make and wear a cloth face covering.
- NHS Test and Trace - An overview, including what happens if you test positive for COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.
What to do if you have symptoms:
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they're mild:
- Get a free PCR test - (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
- You and anyone you live with should follow the stay at home guidance and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Click on: NHS website- COVID-19 symptoms for more details on how to check and what to do if you have Coronavirus symptoms.
Click here: NHS 111 online to use the NHS online Coronavirus service if:
- you're worried about your symptoms
- you're not sure what to do
Or call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.
Other Information and Resources to help you and others to stay safe.
Colchester Borough Council has produced:
Both contain a raft of useful information including contact details and links for a variety of help organisations.
Essex County Council has set up a new service to help vulnerable people in our community who are staying at home and in need of support during the coronavirus period.
If you know of a member, indeed anyone you believe to be vulnerable, who seems to have slipped through the official support network net and have no family, friends or neighbours able to help them with food and essentials and is struggling, please put them in touch with the Essex Welfare Service Hub via essexwelfareservice.org and by calling 0300 303 9988, Monday to Friday between 8am to 7pm, and Saturday to Sunday between 10am to 2pm.
Beware of Coronavirus scams - see FRAUD ALERTS for details of email, phone and text scams plus doorstep callers using Coronavirus and other opportunities to gain access or trick vulnerable/elderly into parting with money.