The Mid Essex Clincal Commissioning Group (CCG) has written a message urging residents to stay home over the Easter weekend.

Chair of the Mid Essex CCG, Dr Anna Davey posted the message on Twitter.

"It is vital that all residents across mid Essex play their part this Easter, in following social distancing guidance, staying at home and using the NHS responsibly so that services are there for those who really need it.

"Over the bank holiday, please be reassured that the NHS is still seeing patients who need it, if you‘ve a non-Covid related health issue, you should still seek the appropriate medical attention, we can and will help you.

"If you have a life-threatening emergency call 999.

"If you do have the symptoms of Covid-19, you should not go out at all for seven days and your family or flatmates should not go out for 14 days.

"If you are concerned with your symptoms and want advice you should go to 111 online. If you don’t have internet access call 111.

This year many local pharmacies will be open on both bank holidays, however some pharmacies may have adjusted their usual opening times so we would advise you check before you travel.

"I would like to sincerely thank all the NHS staff and volunteers across mid and south Essex who continue to do their jobs in this concerning time to keep the rest of the community cared for and secure."