Vaccine Champions to take message to Thurrock communities

14 January 2022
New Vaccine Champions will help to make sure more of the borough's residents get the protection the COVID-19 vaccines offer thanks to £485,000 of government funding awarded to the borough.
The backing comes as part of £22.5million national Community Vaccine Champions Scheme fund, created to help encourage hard-to-reach communities get vaccinated.

Vaccine push in Thurrock on Saturday 26 June

25 June 2021
On Saturday 26 June, anyone aged 18 or over who has not yet had their first vaccine or is now due to have their second dose, can get a walk-in appointment at Stifford Clays Health Centre without booking ahead.
Anyone 18 or over will be able to walk in and get their jab while going about their usual weekend business – without needing to book a time in advance, thanks to the NHS's 'Grab a Jab' weekend.
Second doses will also be available, as long as it has been 8 weeks since the first dose for people aged 40 and over, and 12 weeks for people under 40.

Pub forced to closed for England Euro 2020 matches after flouting COVID-19 rules

22 June 2021
The Railway Tavern pub in Stanford-le-Hope will be forced to close between 22 June and 29 June during all England Euro 2020 football matches after ignoring COVID-19 safety rules.
Essex Police officers attended the premises during the England game on Friday 18 June following complaints that rules were not being followed.

Backing Thurrock gains Cabinet support

11 March 2021
Thurrock Council's roadmap for recovery, resilience, and growth has been agreed by Cabinet (Wednesday March 10).
The 'Backing Thurrock Strategy and Action Plan' sets out actions that will help the council to strengthen and grow the economy through supporting major strategic projects such as the Thames Freeport, improving skills within the workforce, helping businesses to become more productive and competitive and delivering economic infrastructure. It is therefore a key element of the council's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 testing for everyone who cannot work from home

11 January 2021
Thurrock Council is urging all those who are still attending a workplace to get a free COVID-19 test as soon as possible, even if they do not have any symptoms.
From Tuesday 12 January testing kits will be available to pick up at East Tilbury library, Chadwell library and Belhus library. Testing for those without symptoms will also be available at drive through test sites in Corringham, Tilbury and Grays.

New national lockdown announced for England

4 January 2021
A new 'stay at home' national lockdown has been announced by the government.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "Tonight's announcement means that everyone must stay at home, which means only leaving your house or being outside of your home when absolutely necessary, such as when shopping for essential necessities or exercising. School children in Thurrock will continue to receive their education online over the coming weeks.

Council Leader calls on residents to fight new strain of coronavirus

22 December 2020
With Thurrock now having the highest rate of COVID-19 infection in the country, Council Leader Cllr Rob Gledhill is calling on residents to make sure they are doing all they can to slow the rate of infection and to protect each other and the NHS.
Cllr Gledhill said: "The situation in Thurrock is now more serious than it has ever been and we all need to play our part to stop the spread of infection and protect the NHS.

Thurrock to be placed into tier 4 from midnight

19 December 2020
The government has announced that Thurrock will enter the new tier 4 restrictions from 0:01am on Sunday 20 December.
Some of the key rules in tier 4 will be that all non-essential retail will close, along with gyms and leisure facilities and close contact services such as hairdressers.
As well as this, people will be unable to mix with any other household indoors unless they are in a support bubble – this includes during the Christmas period, and the previously announced mixing of households from 23 December to 27 December can no longer take place.

Government to move Thurrock into tier 3

14 December 2020
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.

Families of 11 to 18 year olds urged to book COVID-19 test

11 December 2020
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: