Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thurrock Council services

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic our priority is the health, safety and well-being of our residents, businesses and staff.

We are following government guidance whilst working to continue providing public services. Some services will be affected, however, especially in places where residents usually gather together.

Details of service changes are given below – last updated at 8am, Wednesday 12 May 2021.

Service or location Status
Civic Offices and council meetings

The Civic Offices in New Road, Grays is closed for face-to-face services and public meetings.

During this time we ask all residents, wherever possible, to get services and information online. It is vital we keep phone lines free for our most vulnerable residents who normally receive face-to-face support – go to support for vulnerable residents.

Household Waste and Recycling Centre Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre ('the tip') is open daily with safety restrictions in place.
Libraries and community hubs All Thurrock libraries have re-opened except Purfleet and Stanford-le-Hope libraries. Go to our libraries coronavirus (COVID-19) safety page for advice on services.
Thameside Theatre Go to our page about the theatre for advice on shows and tickets.
Register Office Go to our birth registration, marriage and civil partnership, death registration and citizenship pages for latest details of individual Thurrock Register Office services.
Thurrock Museum Thurrock Museum is closed until further notice.
Business grants and business rates support Go to our coronavirus (COVID-19) business grants section. Advice is also available in our business rates section.
Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre Grangewaters is open for activities. Read about coronavirus (COVID-19) safety at Grangewaters.
Sports pitches and bowling greens We are taking no new bookings for sports pitches and bowling greens.
Thurrock Adult Community College Thurrock Adult Community College is closed temporarily for public visits. Courses are provided using remote online learning and classroom-based learning that follows government safety rules. The community college pre-school is currently opening only for 3 year-olds, 4 year-olds and the children of key workers.
Schools

Check the website of your child's primary school, secondary school or special school for up-to-date information and advice. For general guidance, go to GOV.UK: what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges.

Thurrock COVID-19 Child Well-being Support Line Our Educational Psychology and School Well-being Services helpline offers support to children, young people, their families and school staff. Phone 01375 652 537 or 01375 652 558 to leave a message so we can call you back, or email sws@thurrock.gov.uk
Special educational needs We have updated our advice on education, health and care (EHC) needs assessments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Sunshine Centre and Hannah's Place The Sunshine Centre and Hannah's Place are closed for visitors except by emergency arrangement. Our Disabled Children Short Break and Outreach Service is still offering support for families that need it.
Children's centres You can book appointments for a limited number of activities at Aveley, Chadwell, Ockendon, Stanford, Thameside or Tilbury children's centres. All centres are closed for drop-in sessions.
Inspire careers advice Inspire Youth Hub in Orsett Road, Grays is closed until further notice. Young people can phone or email Thurrock careers advisers to arrange an appointment for support by phone.
What's on for young people Our Inspire Youth team has organised an exciting range of online sessions for young people to enjoy. Go to what's on for young people.
Fostering drop-in and open evening events Fostering information events are now taking place online. Thurrock children still need foster carers. If you feel you could offer a child foster care, please call us on 0800 652 1256 or complete our online fostering interest form.
Adoption We are still recruiting adopters. If you are interested in adopting a child, call us on 0800 652 1271 or complete our online adoption interest form.
Housing surgeries and residents meetings For the safety of residents and staff, our housing surgeries and residents meetings are cancelled until further notice.
Private housing The government has published guidance for landlords and tenants in private housing – go to GOV.UK: COVID-19 and renting.
Sheltered housing For the safety of all our residents in sheltered housing and care homes, communal halls are closed and group activities are no longer taking place.
Day centres for adults Our 3 Day Centres are closed until further notice. We are following government guidance on home visits to the most vulnerable adults.
Community support Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action is coordinating volunteers and direct help for residents who are at risk or need support.
Community-led support drop-in sessions 'Talking Shop' adult social care and support sessions are available online. Face-to-face drop-in sessions have been cancelled until further notice.
Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Service (THLS) Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Service ace-to-face programmes for healthy weight, physical activity and NHS health checks are not currently available. Support is still available if you want help to stop smoking.
Drugs and alcohol misuse support Drug and alcohol misuse support and treatment services are being provided remotely. Adults can contact Inclusion Visions Thurrock – phone 0300 303 1018 or go to Inclusion Visions Thurrock. Young people can contact Wize-Up – phone 01375 376 111 or go to Wize-Up.
Health visitors and school nurses Telephone support and home visits are available with safety precautions. Secondary school drop-in sessions are taking place online – go to NELFT NHS: school health drop-in. For more information, go to NELFT NHS: Brighter Futures Healthy Families or phone 0300 300 1999.
Immunisations and vaccinations Parents should not delay their children's vaccinations. Going out to get your child immunised is an essential journey under social distancing rules. If you are having trouble getting an appointment, phone the Essex NHS EPUT Immunisation Service on 01702 482 830 between 8am and 6pm.
Sexual health services Face-to-face appointments are very limited, but phone and online consultations are available. Phone 0300 303 9970 for an appointment. If you would like a sexually transmitted infection (STI) test but do not have symptoms, go to Thurrock Sexual Health Service: test at home.
Parking Parking charges are suspended for NHS workers and other visiting staff carrying out vital work in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Penalties will not be issued – nor enforced, if issued inadvertently – to anyone who parked safely without causing obstruction on crossings and zig-zags or restricted areas, if they can show they work for the NHS.
Buses Bus users must wear a face covering or mask at all times while on board. Bus users should also try to follow social distancing rules. Check the latest advice from individual bus operators: Ensignbus, First Essex, NIBS, Stephensons, TfL.
Ferry services The Tilbury-Gravesend ferry will carry a maximum of 20 passengers. Ferry passengers must wear a face covering or mask at all times while on board.

Our coronavirus (COVID-19) risk assessment of Civic Offices in Grays is provided below.