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.


- Advice for shoppers

- Staying safe

- Which businesses have been able to open

- Parking

- Local information

- Stay up to date


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

The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted from 19 July. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.


Shop safely advice banner for opening up on 12 April


Staying safe

You too can play your part to keep our community safe! Our businesses are protecting you please protect them by:

  • if you are asked to, wearing a mask when in shops or talking to market traders, unless you are exempt
  • being kind and considerate and always keeping a safe distance from others
  • following the signs and floor markers to queue
  • using contactless or card payments where possible
  • washing your hands and using hand sanitiser regularly
  • only touching items you intend to buy

In our town centres you may see:

  • new plastic screens
  • new socially distanced queues and oneway aisles
  • temperature checks at hairdressers and beauty salons
  • new hand sanitiser stations
  • extra cleaning with antibacterial sprays
  • better ventilation

Which businesses have been able to open

From 19 July, all remaining closed businesses and venues such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues have been able to reopen.

All capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events have been lifted.

Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars will no longer be required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules.

There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.

There will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.

General guidance

Social distancing is still very important. You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.

The government have issued some general guidance on keeping yourself and others safe.


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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