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 ...

From the Government

Stay alert - the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in a speech on Sunday 10 May, has updated the Government and NHS advice and is now urging people to stay alert to help control the crisis.

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs - what you can and can't do, including updated information for getting out and about from Wednesday 13 May.

Our plan to rebuild - the government has published a roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Working safely during coronavirus - the government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible.

Travelling and working in vehicles - the government has issued guidance for passengers and for people who work in or from vehicles.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business recovery - the government is issuing recovery resources for businesses as we come out of lockdown

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Future Fund - this scheme will issue convertible loans of between £125,000 and £5 million to innovative UK-based companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak.

From Essex County Council

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

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.

Support for self employed people - if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership in the UK and have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19) there there is funding and information available to support you.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) - is a new scheme designed to enable businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak. More about the scheme

Coronavirus testing for essential workers - guidance on coronavirus testing for employers and essential workers who are self-isolating.


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
Businesses that can remain open, those that must shut and how to report those breaching the guidance
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