Roadmap out of lockdown

From 12.01am on Monday 12 April Essex enters the next phase of the Government’s Roadmap out of lockdown and some of the rules will be changing.

Some of the changes include:

  • All shops are allowed to open along with hairdressers, beauty salons and other close contact services.
  • Restaurant and pubs are now allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors.
  • Gyms, spas, zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres can also open.

You can find out more information about the changes and what this means for you, your family and your work by visiting the Government website

As the retail and hospitality sectors reopen, we must all keep doing the right things to keep each other safe including social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.

Essex Police will continue to take a common-sense approach to policing the regulations - we’ll engage with people, explain the regulations, and encourage them to do the right thing.

When faced with clear and blatant breaches we will take appropriate enforcement action and this will include any reports of violence or abuse towards retail or hospitality staff.

Please continue to report Covid-19 regulation breaches.

Between 7am and 11pm, you can make an online report directly to one of our Digital 101 operators, by selecting the 'Live Chat' button at the bottom right of our website home page 

Alternatively, you can submit an online report or call 101.

March 2021: One year on

As we reach the first anniversary of the country going into lockdown, we would like to thank everyone in Essex for your support.
The past 12 months have been incredibly challenging but by sticking to the Covid-19 guidelines you have protected the NHS and helped us to catch criminals and keep Essex safe.
This short film features officers from across the county and Chief Constable BJ Harrington expressing their gratitude for the sacrifices you have made.