The government has announced that Thurrock will be entering tier 3 restrictions from Wednesday 16 December.
Pubs, bars and restaurants will have to close, except for takeaway and delivery services. This includes outdoor seating areas.
All other shops and businesses may remain open, along with hairdressers, barbers and other direct contact services.
Thurrock Council is calling on all parents and carers of children aged 11 to 18 to get their whole family tested for COVID-19 before Christmas.
Whether you have symptoms or not, you should book a slot to visit one of the drive through testing centres in Thurrock. If you are unable to visit a drive through site, a postal test kit can be sent to your home for you to do yourself. Both can be arranged via the national booking system: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
The government has announced that Thurrock will enter 'Tier 2 High Alert' restrictions once the current lockdown period comes to an end.
From midnight on Wednesday 2 December, all non-essential shops and businesses will re-open. New rules will come into force for the hospitality sector, however, which will see some venues remain closed.
Thurrock Council will help small businesses with a £3.5 million grant scheme launched today, designed to help those that have not been eligible for other grants.
The Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary) has been created by Thurrock Council, using Government funding, to help smaller businesses which have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions and work from home or provide services from rented halls or other similar premises.
The organisers of a party at the Pilgrims Lane traveller site could now face fines and possible eviction from the site as a result of their reckless and dangerous decision to invite more than 50 people to a party on the evening of Saturday 31 October.
Residents at the site had previously assured police officers that they had abandoned plans for the party when they were seen erecting a marquee on Friday afternoon. Instead they moved the marquee to a location where they hoped it wouldn't be spotted and pressed on with their scheme to host the illegal event.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "I’m sure everyone will be disappointed to hear about the national lockdown. The collective efforts of people across Thurrock have kept us in Tier 1, and although it is very clear that whilst most people are complying with the rules, the disease is spreading nationwide.
Thurrock residents are encouraged to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day privately this November with commemorations at home.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "I understand how important marking these occasions are to Thurrock's residents, but it needs to be done in a different way this year as everyone continues to play their part in stopping the spread of coronavirus.
Thurrock will remain at the lowest Tier 1 Local COVID Alert Level of Medium while neighbouring Essex County Council and London boroughs go into Tier 2 High alert restrictions from tomorrow (Saturday 17 October).
This means residents living in Thurrock will need to continue to follow national social distancing guidance, including the rule of six, and remember to follow 'hands, face, space' advice.
Thurrock Council has welcomed news that its concerns have been listened to and the borough will remain at the lowest COVID-19 alert level – Tier 1 Medium – despite Essex County Council successfully escalating a request that they move into the High Alert level.
Thurrock Council Leader, Councillor Rob Gledhill, has criticised Essex County Council's request to the Secretary of State for Health that they be put into a higher local COVID-19 alert category immediately.
Their actions could have far reaching implications for Thurrock's businesses and residents, who may also be forced into the higher category of restriction because of this request despite the fact that Thurrock has the 126th lowest rate of infection out of 149 local authorities nationwide.