Advice and updates on the rapidly changing situation.
Although we have closed all council buildings to the public we will continue to deliver essential public services.
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Local updates on the coronavirus situation - We are sending regular updates about COVID-19 to our residents. Sign up to receive important information and updates on our services.
From the Government
New grants to boost recovery of small businesses - £30 million new funding from the government to help smaller businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 early outbreak management - Quick-reference guides to help you quickly identify, report and respond to any potential COVID-19 outbreak within your local community.
Face coverings - Face coverings have become mandatory for customers in all shops and supermarkets from Friday 24 July. 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.
Staying alert and safe (social distancing) after 4 July - the government has issued some advice on what you can and cannot do after lockdown eases on 4 July.
Reopening your business safely - The government has released a new online toolkit to help you to reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID‑19).
Working safely during coronavirus - the government, in consultation with industry, has produced some workplace safety guidance for businesses that are now allowed to open:
- Close contact services: Guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers
Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services: Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways
Test and trace - new guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms.
From Essex County Council
Essex local outbreak control plan - Essex County Council have issued a draft plan for local outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Essex County Council area. The plan outlines details of the local response and how it will work with regional and national systems for COVID-19 control.
Libraries - Essex County Council has announced that Great Dunmow Library will be opening from Monday 6 July. Stansted Mountfitchet and Saffron Walden will follow and be open from Monday 13 July. Thaxted Library, though, will be kept under review for possible opening at a later date.
Free business support from Essex County Council - get free advice and support for your business to help it grow during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Registrars - from Monday 15 June, 15 registrars in Essex will be available to register a birth only. A registrar will be at Dunmow Library but you must book an appointment before your visit. There will be no registrar service available from the Uttlesford District Council offices in Saffron Walden.
Waste and recycling sites (the dump): 15 recycling centres, including the one at Thaxted Road in Saffron Walden, are due to open on Monday 18 May for waste or recycling which cannot be stored at home without causing a health or safety risk. The Saffron Walden site will be open from 9am to 5pm every day.
Coronavirus testing in Essex - guidance on coronavirus testing available in Essex, including who can get tested and where you can get a test.
From Uttlesford District Council
Business Growth Grant - we're promoting the South East Business Boost's Growth Grant scheme which is open for applications from Monday 15 June.
Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund - apply for a top up grant for businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus situation and are not eligible for other grants.
Weekend skip service - the garden waste weekend skip service resumed on Saturday 30 May.
Supporting you - here are some of the things we are doing to support residents, businesses and communities at this time.
Council Tax refund scam - scammers are emailing local people claiming that they are due a refund on Council Tax. Here's what to do if you are contacted.
Exceptional Hardship Fund (EHF) - if you are suffering financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances such as the coronavirus outbreak, you may be able apply to our Exceptional Hardship Fund (EHF).
Staying well - we've put together some guidance for staying physically and mentally well during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.