ALL country parks overseen by Essex County Council are to close from 8pm tonight (Sunday).

This measure has been necessary to ensure social distancing and to limit the spread of coronavirus, the council says.

The country parks will be closed until further notice.

It follows concerns about many people congregating in public places, against official advice.

Here is the list of country parks overseen by the county council:

Belhus Woods Country Park
Romford Road, Aveley, South Ockenden, RM15 4XJ

Cudmore Grove Country Park
Bromans Lane, East Mersea, CO5 8UE

Danbury Country Park
Woodhill Road, Danbury, CM3 4AN

Flitch country park

Great Notley Country Park
Great Notley, CM77 6RX

Hadleigh Country Park
Chapel Lane, Hadleigh

High Woods Country Park
Turner Road, Colchester

Thorndon Country Park

Weald Country Park
South Weald, Brentwood, CM14 5QS