Reduced Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page

You are invited to view and contribute to the The Mayor's Covid Record of Reflection

Essex move to Covid Tier 2 High: Message from Leader of the Council

Reopening our High Streets

The Government has announced that from Monday 15th June 2020 most shops and other high street businesses can reopen again after 3 months of closure during the lock down.

This is great news for our local stores and businesses, most of whom have been running online services.

The lockdown and requirement to avoid unnecessary travel, has meant that our local shops and town centres have never been so important.

The Council will be working with businesses to ensure that we reopen our high streets safely.

Ultimately how safe our high streets and shopping areas will be will depend on the behaviour of visitors.

It is vital that to stay safe, reduce the risk of the spread of infection and stop the prospects of second spike and further lockdowns, that the Government advice is adhered to.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. If you are visiting one of our town centres this means you must:  

  • Limit contact with other people 
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible) 
  • Wash your hands regularly 
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. 

We want everyone to feel safe in our town centres.

We also want to promote the great stores and businesses located there and ensure that their customers feel safe and abide by the social distancing and stay safe guidelines.

Information on the range of businesses within our town centres and where possible links to their websites can be found here

To remind people of their social distancing requirements we are putting up posters, asking businesses to add a poster to their shop window, plus pavement markings outside every store.  

We want people to feel they are free to move around the high streets, but we ask everyone to comply with the social distancing rules so that you are safe and your visit is every bit more enjoyable.

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Pavement Licences

To help local businesses operate whilst maintaining social distancing a temporary, fast-track process for businesses to obtain permission for pavement licences has been introduced. To find out more and to apply for a pavement licence use the following link - Pavement Licences