Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

Latest updates ...

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 managementQuick-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.

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:

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.


Latest advice and guidance on staying safe and well from GOV.UK and the NHS
Updates on our services and any impacts due to Coronavirus
How to get help and how you can help others in the local community
Funds and allowances that you can apply for, or defer your Council Tax payments
Benefits you can apply for, how to apply for a council or housing association home and what to do if you are homeless
Information on scheduled bin collections, what to do if you are self-isolating or have Coronavirus, updates on garden waste and bulky waste collections
Apply for grant funding, find advice and get support for your business
Advice for food businesses that are looking to change their business model to start providing takeaways and deliveries
How to stay safe and support local businesses now that restrictions on what shops can open have been lifted
Guidance for operators and passengers, how to renew your licence or apply for a new one under the current social distancing restrictions
How the council's meetings are run during the current situation
How the museum, leisure centres, and other facilities in the district are affected by the coronavirus outbreak