Latest message from Cllr John Lodge, Leader of Uttlesford District Council - 26 June

The last few months have been tough for all of us and it has taken its toll, impacting on people's mental health and on our local businesses which have been hit financially.

So I'm sure that you, like me, welcomed recent announcements around the further easing of lockdown restrictions from 4 July. This will mean even more businesses can open, including pubs and restaurants. We will give them all the support we can to make sure they can open safely.

However, before we get carried away, it is important to remember there is still a long way to go until life gets back to normal, and careful steps are needed as we move forward. We have been able to get to this point thanks to the sacrifices and efforts that we have all put in over recent months. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still very much present and it is therefore vital that we all continue to do what we can to keep the virus under control, including by maintaining social distancing and handwashing frequently. Come 4 July, whatever you are thinking of doing first, be it going for a haircut or visiting your local pub, please remember to do so safely and responsibly.

Tomorrow (27 June) is Armed Forces Day, something the council is proud to support each year. Due to current circumstances, events have largely been moved online this year, although we have still been able to raise the Armed Forces Day flag at the council offices this week. We are incredibly proud of our armed forces and it is important that we still pay tribute to them as best we can.

26 June 2020