Stanway in Colchester

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.


The government has removed domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces


The main symptoms of 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

Click on: NHS website- COVID-19 symptoms for full symptoms, how to check and what to do if you have symptoms.

NOTE: From 1 April 2022 tests are no longer free for most people, see: Changes to testing.


Links for further information::

  • Vaccinations - Get your COVID-19 vaccination, read about the vaccines and find out what happens when you have your vaccine.


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.