Opening up - advice for shoppers and visitors

How to stay safe while out shopping, where to park and getting further updates as new businesses open up.


Face coverings
Face coverings are now mandatory for customers in all shops and supermarkets. 

Shops and supermarkets will be expected to encourage compliance with the law and can refuse entry to customers who refuse to wear a face covering.

Guidance on how to wear a face covering

The government has also issued some guidance on face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own.


As our high streets begin to re-open in phases, we are encouraging you to support local businesses by shopping locally and safely. Many businesses will be putting up signage to help you to shop and travel safely.

Advice for Shoppers

  • Do not travel to the high street if you have any symptoms of coronavirus
  • Maintain a safe distance from those outside your household
  • Follow signs and instructions provided on the street and in stores wherever possible
  • Practice safe queuing by not joining queues where it would block the footway
  • Avoid touching stock you do not intend to buy
  • Use digital means of payment, such as contactless cards or Apple Pay where available
  • Wear a face covering if you are using public transport
  • Consider bringing your own hand gel with you to when you are out shopping

Which businesses have been able to open

From 25 July - indoor gyms and pools can reopen.

From 1 August - a number of indoor leisure businesses were due to open. On 31 July the Prime Minister announced the changes that had been proposed for 1 August will be delayed until at least 15 August due to concerns of rising prevalence in the community within England. The following business and venues will therefore need to remain closed:

  • Bowling alleys
  • Indoor skating rinks
  • Casinos
  • Exhibition halls and conference centres
  • Nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars
  • Indoor play areas, including soft-play areas

From October - gatherings at stadiums, conferences and business events will recommence, subject to successful trials taking place.

The government has now produced some updated guidance on the opening of certain businesses and venues as part of further social distancing measures.


All of our car parks will be open. We would encourage you to use the MiPermit cashless parking app. Its quick and easy and it will allow you to pay for your parking using your phone at any of Uttlesford District Council's Pay and Display car parks.

Local information

Find the latest information about businesses that are open and what's happening on local sites and social media.

Great Dunmow Market Town

The Great Dunmow Market Town Facebook page has been supporting local businesses through the pandemic and is now helping to spread the word about those that are opening up in Great Dunmow. 

Support Saffron Walden 

The Support Saffron Walden site is a central hub for local information set up by Saffron Walden Business Improvement District (BID) working with the Saffron Walden TIC and the Saffron Walden Town council.

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