ESSEX could be hit with further coronavirus restrictions in the coming days ... and here's what you can expect to be enforced.

Essex County Council have requested to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to moved into Tier two of the Government's system which will result in a ban on different households meeting indoors, unless they are in support bubbles.

Tier two would continue the rule of six outdoors, and would not result in hospitality closures.

Businesses would be able to continue to operate as before but some businesses will be required to ensure customers only consume food and drink whilst seated, and must closed at 10pm.

Schools, universities and places of worship would remain open and exercise classes and organised sport can continue outside - they are only permitted indoors if you can avoid mixing with people you do not live with.

Residents could continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.

The new Government tier system comes into affect today.

If Matt Hancock approves the move, with a decision expected tomorrow, Southend and Thurrock would see different restrictions to the rest of the county.

Thurrock and Southend residents would still be able to meet indoors, with the rule of six and 10pm curfew still in action.

But the two authorities, independent of Essex County Council, may still be forced to follow County Hall in moving into Tier two.


Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, expressed "grave reservations" about the seafront town moving up a tier. 

He said: "Whilst I understand all the arguments in favour of further restrictions I am very glad that we are not bound by Essex County Council’s request.

"There is no doubt at all that moving into Tier two has adverse financial consequences on local businesses, particularly in the hospitality sector. 

"I have also had many representations that the 10pm rule is in many senses encouraging gatherings to take place after the establishments have closed, which have resulted in the spread of infection."

But John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay, supported the move from Essex County Council, adding: "These are difficult decisions, but having listened to Essex County Council and public health officials, I support the request to the Government to move Essex into Tier two provisions.

"The coronavirus is sadly rising exponentially in our area, and it is best to act quickly whilst the virus is at manageable levels."