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.
Those living in Essex County Council or London borough areas, however, will be subject to more stringent restrictions that mean they cannot visit anyone from outside their household or support bubble indoors, no matter where they are.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "While we remain at the lowest alert level it is vital that residents understand what High Tier 2 restrictions mean, especially if they have family or friends in other parts of Essex or London.
"Put simply you will not be able to visit them in their homes, have them over to visit you in your home or meet with them inside hospitality venues anywhere. Meetings can still take place outside as long as the rule of six is followed and social distancing maintained.
"It is clear from government guidance that people living in Tier 2 areas must not travel outside of their area to meet people indoors, either at home or in an entertainment venue.
"I would ask anyone who lives in a Tier 2 restriction area to follow this guidance and keep not only themselves but also the residents of Thurrock safe.
"I would like to thank Thurrock’s residents for all they have done. It is thanks to their sacrifice and dedication that we have not been placed under High alert level restrictions. I would urge everyone to remain vigilant and use common sense as we all keep on playing our part to keep the infection rate down.
"We will continue to monitor the data and respond accordingly. Regular updates will be issued through the council's weekly e-newsletter."
Full government guidance on the alert levels can be found at GOV.UK: Local COVID Alert Levels – what you need to know