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.

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

On 15 June

From Monday 15 June all remaining non-essential retail businesses were able to reopen. This included shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets.

On 4 July

From Saturday 4 July some of the remaining businesses were able to open their doors again. Some of businesses may still not be able to reopen safely at this time or only able to partially open. This includes:

  • Hairdressers
  • Food service providers
  • Pubs
  • Cinemas

The government has now produced some updated guidance on the closure and 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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